4 Falcons players the Bills must game plan for in Week 17

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The Buffalo Bills host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17 for their final NFC meeting this season.

While more on the outside looking in on the playoff picture, the Bills (9-6) cannot take the Falcons (7-8) lightly. They still have a roster littered with talent.

With that, here are four players the Bills must game plan for heading into their upcoming game vs. the Falcons:

TE Kyle Pitts

Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts. Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Pitts is going to be a force in the NFL going forward if the Falcons can fix things with the rest of their offense. The Bills can make sure Atlanta doesn’t figure out their offense this weekend, in general, by first shutting down Pitts in the passing game.

RB Cordarrelle Patterson

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Patterson is not discussed as one of the best running backs in the league, but he was arguably a Pro Bowl snub. All-Star game or not, Patterson is super versatile.

That, plus the Bills struggle against rushing attacks… so Buffalo should game plan for Patterson.

DT Grady Jarrett

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Grady Jarrett. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

Anyone in the middle of a defensive line is usually a bit unknown unless your name is Aaron Donald. However, keep Jarrett in mind.

A Pro Bowler himself the past two seasons, he’s a solid run defender the Bills might want to avoid. Buffalo’s offensive line had their best effort of the season against the Patriots last week, but Jarrett change that.

CB AJ Terrell

A.J. Terrell #24 of the Atlanta Falcons. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Speaking of avoiding, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen usually doesn’t shy away from throwing toward certain defenders. But there are many holes in the Atlanta secondary and one spot that’s usually playing really well is wherever Terrell is roaming.

Terrell currently ranks as Pro Football Focus‘ best cornerback in the NFL heading into Week 17. He was a Pro Bowl snub himself, but Terrell has had a good year on an otherwise lacking defense.

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