Inside The Bills

Run game creeping higher

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2010 – 1:48 pm

After Week 2, the Bills rushing yards per game ranked 22nd in the league. Entering Week 9 Buffalo’s rank in that category has jumped nine spots to 13th in the NFL. Why?

Head coach Chan Gailey answered that question for Buffalobills.com Friday.

“I think one of the biggest things is we’re able to throw the ball effectively,” Gailey said. “When you throw effectively it opens up some run lanes. I think our guys understand the blocking schemes we’re trying to use and we’ve been able to knock off some big runs which really helps your average.

“We’re not running it a lot of times, but our average for carry is pretty decent. If you can stay between that four and five which is where we are now (4.5 avg.) you have a chance to be a decent rushing football team. On top of that Fitz is a good runner. He gets about 20 to 30 yards that you can tack on to that rushing total each week.”

After Week 2 Buffalo was averaging 87 yards rushing per game and 3.6 yards per carry. That average has been increased by more than 27 yards (114.4) as they’ve tacked on almost a yard to their per carry average (4.5).

The Bills ground game will face a tough test however, in the Bears. Chicago ranks fifth in the league against the run, giving up less than 90 rushing yards per game (89.3). The Bears surrender just 3.6 yards per rush good for sixth best in the NFL.


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