The Patriots offense is usually near or at the top of several offensive statistical categories each year and this year is no different. But one place that’s often overlooked is number of offensive plays. This season with their hurry up offense, New England is far and away the leader in number of plays run at the midway point of the season.
Through eight games New England has run 613 plays for an average of 76.6 per game. Only three other NFL teams average 70 or more (Phil. 70.5, Ind. 70.8, Det. 72). All those plays mean more time on the field for opposing defenses, and that has an impact on what players coaches choose to dress for a Sunday game against New England, knowing they might need a few more defensive players to rotate in.
“It affects those decisions a great deal,” said Bills head coach Chan Gailey. ”You have to make sure you have enough so you can rotate players because they are going to run a lot of plays. The best way to counteract that though is for your offense to keep the football. If we can have a little bit of ball control in this game it’ll help us a lot.”
Buffalo managed just 98 rushing yards in the first meeting, but Fred Jackson was not 100 percent healthy in his return from an LCL knee injury. We’ll see if Jackson and C.J. Spiller can deliver a better ball control attack in an effort to limit the number of plays for New England’s offense.
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