1. Buffalo Bills
There are really good NFL defenses and then there is the Buffalo Bills defense. They ended last season as one of the best. Buffalo allowed just 5.7 total yards per play, held quarterbacks to a 62.2 quarterback rating, and opponents had a 33% third-down conversion rate.
What will Buffalo be bringing to Paul Brown Stadium in the second to last regular-season game? Barring injury, Burrow will face one of the most challenging defensive lines that he will have seen all season. Names like Greg Rousseau, Ed Oliver, Shaq Lawson, and DaQuan Jones generate a lot of pressure up front.
Now add eight-time Pro Bowler Von Miller from free agency, and the Bengals offensive line has their work cut out for them.
The Bill’s secondary is scary, starting with cornerback Tre’Davious White who anchors this unit; it also includes one of the NFL’s best safety groups in Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier added to his secondary with a first-round pick, cornerback Kaiir Elam out of Flordia. This combination of athletes will present nightmares for offensives in the league.
Even when facing these demanding defenses, they too have to account for Burrow and his much-improved offense. If they can keep Burrow upright, they could make the Bengals contenders again this season.