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46 runs in a game rare for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2012 – 11:44 am

The Bills had a season-high 46 carries Sunday for 232 yards, the most Jacksonville has given up in a game all season. Buffalo’s season-high for carries in a game, is also the high for the last seven Bills seasons.

Buffalo hasn’t run the ball 46 times in a game since the 2004 season. On Nov. 7, 2004, the Bills ran 46 times for 157 yards and a touchdown in a 22-17 win over the Jets. Willis McGahee handled most of the load with 37 carries for 132 of those 157 rushing yards.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey however, said expecting a consistent diet of 40-plus carry games is unrealistic.

“Ideally that’s exactly the way you’d like it to happen, but it doesn’t in this league a lot,” Gailey said in his weekly radio appearance on WGR Sportradio 550. “There are a lot of good teams that do a lot of different things that don’t allow you to do exactly what you want to do. You can’t go out and stuff the run every week. You can’t go out and run it 46 times a week. That’s not the way it goes sometimes.”

Buffalo ranks a very respectable ninth in the league in average carries per game with 28.5, which is slightly above the league average (27.1). The top three teams in the league in rushes per game are Houston (34.4), New England (33.4) and Seattle (32.8).

Only three other teams have run 46 times or more this season. New England ran the ball 54 times against Denver back in October. Kansas City ran it 51 times against Baltimore in October as well and Houston had 48 carries against Jacksonville back in Week 2. Buffalo’s 46 carries Sunday was the fourth-highest number of rushes in 2012.

 


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