Bills: Dareus and Williams stand out
The Buffalo Bills have one of the best defenses in football. In the last two weeks they have held Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, elite quarterbacks by any measure, to a combined 50% completion percentage, 358 passing yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions. Two of the biggest – literally, they weigh a combined 634 pounds – contributors to this success have been their starting defensive tackles, Marcell Dareus (+24.1) and Kyle Williams (+21.4), our fourth and fifth ranked defensive tackles.
Dareus has excelled against the run, his +18.9 run defense grade leads all defensive tackles. He has forced 22 stops in the running game, giving him a 9.9 Run Stop Percentage, fifth-best among tackles. Dareus has also looked good getting to the quarterback, with 10 sacks and 31 total pressures giving him a respectable 6.4 Pass Rushing Productivity (PRP) grade, 21st out of 72 qualifying tackles.
Williams has provided the perfect pass rushing complement to Dareus. His +17.5 pass rush grade ranks second among all tackles, while his seven sacks and 46 total pressures give him a 10.2 PRP score, the best mark among at the position.
With Dareus and Williams playing at this level, the Bills defense can trouble any opponent.