Inside The Bills

No problem with Bills ‘O’ on 1st down

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2014 – 11:22 pm

First down is often a tone setting down for an offensive possession. Get off to a good start with a solid positive gain and you stand a good chance of having your possession last more than three plays. With Houston giving up an average of 5.9 yards on first down the odds were good the Bills would experience some success on first down and they did.

Buffalo averaged an impressive 6.9 yards on first down against Houston and did it with a great run-pass mix. On their 29 first down plays they gained 201 yards and scored both their touchdowns.  On their 13 runs they gained a healthy 5.46 a carry (not counting EJ’s 3-yard scramble) and on passes averaged 8.4 yards per play. There were no plays for negative yardage and only two that yielded no gain.

The problem with the Bills offense was what happened on second down in the game, which contributed to a lack of execution on third down Sunday.


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