Inside The Bills

Bills near top in offensive plays

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2013 – 1:49 pm

Granted it was just one week of preseason games, but with all 32 teams now with a game under their belt, Buffalo’s new up tempo offense is leading to a sharp uptick in number of plays per game.

Last season the Bills averaged just 61.5 plays per game, good for 28th in the league. Problems with third down conversions naturally contributed to the issue, but Buffalo also rarely went no huddle with a defensive unit that had trouble stopping people. The league leader in offensive plays per game last year was New England at 74.8 plays per game. This year the Patriots will have company.

With Chip Kelly running the offense in Philadelphia and Nathaniel Hackett in Buffalo, the Eagles and Bills will likely eclipse New England’s league-leading average of a season ago. Their initial outings this past week serve as indication of that.

Philadelphia and Buffalo were first and second in the league this past week in number of plays run in their preseason games. The Eagles ran 86 plays in a loss to New England, while the Bills ran 85 plays in their win at Indianapolis. Below is a list of the top 10 offensive play totals from NFL clubs this past week.

1 – Philadelphia – 86
2 – Buffalo – 85
3 – New Orleans – 83
4 – Houston – 74
T5 – New England – 72
T5 - Cincinnati – 72
7 – Washington – 71
8 – Baltimore – 70
9 – Jacksonville – 69
10 – Detroit – 68

Not to defend Miami, but in the Hall of Fame game they did run 76 plays. This past week they ran just 64 plays.

In 2012 Kelly’s Oregon team ran 84 plays per game while Marrone and Hackett’s offense at Syracuse ran 79 plays per game.

On Sunday Buffalo ran 20 more offensive plays than Indianapolis in the victory.


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