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Aug 25, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Jairus Byrd (31) during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Safeties:

Iloka has played well in his first year as a starter and Nelson is a Pro Bowl caliber safety, but, if Jairius Byrd plays, and all indications are that he will, the Bills have the advantage at safety, both in experience and playmaking ability. In 5 years, Byrd has 18 INTs and 10 forced fumbles, including 5 INTs and 4 FFs in 2012.

Advantage: Bills

 

Kicker:

Carpenter has the better career stats by a slight margin and the bigger leg by a large margin. However, he had enough issues in 2012 that he was released by 3 teams in 1 month (Miami, Arizona, NYJ) before being signed by the Bills. That gives me enough doubt to at least give Nugent a push with Carpenter.

Advantage: Push

 

Coach:

In the last few weeks, Marvin has been very un-Marvin like and therefore has gained some points in my book (GB challenge on the spot, 4th and goal last week). And, while Doug Marrone has done better than I thought he would, we are talking about a guy that had a 25-25 record (including an 11-17 league record) in one of the worst college football leagues in the country (the former Big East). Therefore, I give Marvin the advantage.

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