Very interesting blurb from the Athletic today...
The aforementioned Week 4 game between the Panthers and Texans could provide a blueprint. Ron Rivera was the Panthers’ coach at the time, which matters because Bills coach Sean McDermott spent five seasons as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator under him, from 2011-16.
“McDermott is going to devour that late September tape of Carolina vs. Houston,” a defensive coach said. “If McDermott can catch Coach Rivera in between his head coach interviews, he is going to have a nice conversation with him about how they defended Houston. That will be a hidden advantage to Buffalo.”
The Panthers held Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson to less than 4.9 per pass attempt in that Week 4 game, a season low for Watson and the third-worst figure of his career, counting playoffs.