Inside The Bills

Wide variance in sacks allowed road vs. home

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2014 – 11:40 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone mentioned it in his season ending press conference. He outlined how there was a variance in the number of sacks they allowed at home in comparison to the number of sacks they allowed on the road. Most presumably expected that more sacks were allowed on the road where Buffalo won just two games in 2013, and they would be right. However, they probably didn’t expect such a dramatic difference.

As we profiled on Buffalobills.com today, Buffalo’s offensive staff is already formulating plans to jump start the pass game in 2014 and part of that plan includes improved protection along with some other elements to keep the quarterback upright. But Marrone made a point of noting the difference in sacks allowed when playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium (or Toronto) compared to on the road.

“We have to do a better job and I think with the year and the (offseason) process we will,” said Marrone when asked about improving the passing game. “I think also it goes up front. I think in how comfortable the quarterback is in the pocket. I think at times, especially at home and that’s the one thing when we get back and start evaluating things, when we’ve been at home we’ve given up quite a bit less sacks and hits on our quarterback at home here at the Ralph. On the road (EJ Manuel) has gotten sacked more and has been hit more. I think that it’s very important for the quarterback position to perform well when he feels comfortable back there. When there is no one around at his feet or getting close to him. As we upgrade or we do a better job with our offensive line (that will happen).”

As you’ll see in the charts below, courtesy of Stats Inc., Buffalo allowed the second-fewest sacks at home with just 10 this past season. On the road however, the Bills surrendered the most sacks in the league with 38.

2013 Team Passing Leaders (Home)

 

 

Team

G

Att

Cmp

Pct

Gross
Yds

Y/A

Net
Yds

TD

TD%

Int

Int%

Lg

Sk

Lst

Rate

1st

1st%

25+

1t

Denver Broncos

8

342

237

69.3

2831

8.28

2779

27

7.9

5

1.5

78t

8

52

114.5

152

44.4

21

1t

Detroit Lions

8

334

203

60.8

2528

7.57

2465

14

4.2

15

4.5

87

8

63

79.5

122

36.5

18

3t

Buffalo Bills

8

244

145

59.4

1706

6.99

1647

10

4.1

6

2.5

59t

10

59

84.2

73

29.9

17

3t

Chicago Bears

8

280

184

65.7

2256

8.06

2208

18

6.4

5

1.8

67

10

48

104.4

112

40.0

19

5

Cincinnati Bengals

8

267

170

63.7

2089

7.82

2016

20

7.5

9

3.4

61

11

73

98.7

104

39.0

20

6

Carolina Panthers

8

207

135

65.2

1727

8.34

1611

13

6.3

6

2.9

72t

14

116

100.1

85

41.1

15

7

St. Louis Rams

8

241

140

58.1

1574

6.53

1473

10

4.1

4

1.7

47

15

101

84.6

82

34.0

15

8

Dallas Cowboys

8

316

212

67.1

2427

7.68

2294

18

5.7

8

2.5

82t

16

133

98.4

116

36.7

21

9t

New Orleans Saints

8

311

229

73.6

2835

9.12

2718

27

8.7

3

1.0

76t

17

117

126.3

134

43.1

20

9t

San Diego Chargers

8

260

175

67.3

1982

7.62

1904

17

6.5

5

1.9

56t

17

78

103.7

103

39.6

15

9t

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8

264

147

55.7

1505

5.70

1365

12

4.5

8

3.0

53

17

140

74.8

80

30.3

8

9t

Tennessee Titans

8

303

189

62.4

2207

7.28

2109

15

5.0

7

2.3

77t

17

98

91.3

101

33.3

19

 

2013 Team Passing Leaders (Away)

 

 

Team

G

Att

Cmp

Pct

Gross
Yds

Y/A

Net
Yds

TD

TD%

Int

Int%

Lg

Sk

Lst

Rate

1st

1st%

25+

1

Buffalo Bills

8

278

154

55.4

1667

6.00

1456

6

2.2

9

3.2

41

38

211

66.9

76

27.3

12

2

Miami Dolphins

8

300

178

59.3

1927

6.42

1727

12

4.0

11

3.7

67

31

200

76.3

106

35.3

11

3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8

250

144

57.6

1676

6.70

1455

10

4.0

4

1.6

85t

30

221

84.7

77

30.8

12

4

Carolina Panthers

8

266

157

59.0

1652

6.21

1432

11

4.1

7

2.6

79t

29

220

80.0

84

31.6

8

5

New York Jets

8

235

132

56.2

1568

6.67

1356

6

2.6

13

5.5

47

28

212

62.2

70

29.8

19

6

Seattle Seahawks

8

214

134

62.6

1735

8.11

1546

12

5.6

4

1.9

80t

26

189

98.9

81

37.9

20

7

Jacksonville Jaguars

8

298

176

59.1

2002

6.72

1871

7

2.3

10

3.4

67t

24

131

73.1

97

32.6

10

8t

Cleveland Browns

8

351

189

53.8

2064

5.88

1912

12

3.4

10

2.8

80t

23

152

71.0

95

27.1

10

8t

Green Bay Packers

8

273

173

63.4

2272

8.32

2156

13

4.8

11

4.0

76t

23

116

88.7

99

36.3

25

8t

Oakland Raiders

8

254

145

57.1

1794

7.06

1623

9

3.5

9

3.5

73t

23

171

76.1

81

31.9

14

 


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