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Bills Prepare to face Cardinals

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This may be the recipe that the Bills defense needs to bounce back. They face a struggling rushing attack Sunday, without its top two backs, which averages less than 65 yards a game. But after the last two weeks, this unit is not taking anything lightly.

"Running backs are different from the starters," said linebacker Nick Barnett. "They all have their different tendencies on how they run the ball, what they do on the pass, and how they block, and stuff like that. So we'll be alert to that. Other than that, we have to play their blocking schemes and whatever they do schematically offensively."

"We're just trying to correct our mistakes," safety Jairus Byrd said. "That's exactly what we're trying to do. We're trying to get our mistakes corrected, and just get back to the defense that we know we can play. That's where we're at right now."

Of course, Sunday's game is a bit of a homecoming for Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He was born and raised in Arizona, and grew up rooting for teams right here at Arizona State. He'll certainly have plenty of family and friends to impress in the stands on Sunday.

"I've got to channel my inner Jake Plummer I think," Fitzpatrick said. "I've seen him have plenty of great games on that field. I'll be out there at practice, kind of nostalgic on the practice fields there. But once we got to the University of Phoenix Stadium, I've got more people here watching me that know me personally, but I don't think there's any more or less pressure on me."

Pressure or not, the home crowd would be the perfect place for Fitzpatrick to have a rebound game. On Sunday, he faces an Arizona defense that has allowed only five passing touchdowns so far this season. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP