Inside The Bills

Bills ‘D’ strong in one area already

Posted by Chris Brown on July 21, 2016 – 12:38 pm

Buffalo’s defense certainly had its share of shortcomings in 2015, but there was one area where they were top 10 good.

ESPN Insider’s Aaron Schatz from Football Outsiders in previewing NFL defenses for 2016 looked at the sneaky strengths of the Bills defense in addition to the league’s other 31 clubs. Interestingly when it came to crunch time late in games, Buffalo’s defense was pretty darn good last season. Here was where they stood per Schatz.

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Although the Bills’ defense struggled overall (24th in DVOA), they improved to sixth in the league in the fourth quarter or overtime. This wasn’t just a case of opponents running out the clock in wins: The Bills had a better-than-average defense in the fourth quarter whether they were winning or losing the game.

That strong defense late in games helps explain why five of Buffalo’s eight losses last season were by eight points or less. Rex Ryan is obviously looking to get his defense in a place where they’re performing that well in more than just late in the fourth quarter in 2016.


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