Posts Tagged ‘Offensive Struggles’

Discussion: What’s Wrong With the Buffalo Bills Offense?

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

EJ Manuel and the Buffalo offense are struggling this season. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ hopes of making the NFL playoffs in Doug Marrone’s first year as head coach have been all but eliminated after Buffalo fell to 3-7 with a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and the poor play of the offense has been the biggest reason why. While the appearance that the unit is going nowhere fast became clear when the Buffalo offense mustered just three points and 147 yards of offense in the first 55 minutes of the 23-10 loss to Pittsburgh, the Bills have left many close games on the table this season thanks to their offensive failures.

Both sustaining drives and finishing drives has been a problem for the Bills, whose offenses has been one of the league’s least efficient. They rank 28th in the NFL by scoring on only 27.8 percent of their offensive drives, and 29th in the NFL with only 4.7 yards gained per offensive play, according to Pro Football Reference. They rank 30th in the NFL with touchdowns on only 42.9 percent of their red-zone opportunities, and 27th in the league in offensive touchdowns with 18 in 10 games, according to TeamRankings.com.

While the defense has had its ups and downs as well, it has held its own for the most part, allowing just 24 touchdowns in 10 games. While there have been 23 points scored against the Bills in each of their seven losses, there have only been more than 27 scored against the Bills twice. The defense’s worst performance came when it allowed five touchdowns to the New Orleans Saints in Week 8 — in two of those losses, against the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, the Bills’ opponent scored multiple non-offensive touchdowns.

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First Downs and Flags: Bills Lose Third Straight in EJ Manuel’s Lackluster Return

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Not much went well for the Buffalo Bills offense on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

Quarterback EJ Manuel made his return for the Buffalo Bills, after missing the past four games due to a LCL sprain in Week 5, to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.  After watching practice squad promotion turned starting quarterback Thad Lewis play for three games, and undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel start in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Bills fans were excited to see Manuel back on the field.

Coming into this week, the Bills stood at 3-6 and were looking to make a second-half push for the playoffs if they could start with a win against the Steelers.

On paper, the Bills held statistical advantages on both sides of the ball.  On offense, the Bills rank seventh in the league with 140.7 rushing yards per game, while the Steelers rank 29th with 127.2 rushing yards allowed per game. On defense, the Bills rank second in the NFL with 33 total sacks, while the Steelers have allowed 36 sacks, tied for the NFL’s most through Week 10.

The Bills defense exploited this advantage, finishing the game with four sacks on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and nine total tackles for loss, but the Bills rushing offense struggled, finishing the game with 95 yards on the ground, their third-smallest number this year.

The story of the game, as Dan Hope explained in his postgame column, was the dreadful performance of Manuel and the entire Bills offense.

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Offensive Failure: Buffalo Bills Go From Bad to Worse in 23-10 Loss to Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Almost nothing went well for EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills offense in their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Unable to consistently sustain drives and finish drives with touchdowns all season long, the Buffalo Bills’ offensive struggles was the primary factor in Buffalo losing six of its first nine games this season.

Even with that said, the Bills offense played what was easily its worst game of the season Sunday in Buffalo’s Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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