Inside The Bills

Offense looking for more 2nd half production

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 11:00 am

Buffalo has gotten off to fast starts on their current three game winning streak, and the team has shown an ability to play strong enough defense to capitalize on those strong starts when they get up on the scoreboard first with an early lead. The problem is the last three weeks the offense has struggled to produce in the same fashion in the second half.

Here’s a look at the offensive production in terms of total net yards from first half to second half in Weeks 3, 4 and 5.

Game 1st half yards 2nd half yards
vs. Ariz. 251 127
at N.E. 238 67
at L.A. 210 86
Totals 699 280

Over the last three games almost 72 percent of their total net yards on offense have come in the first half. So what’s happening in the second half that’s rendering Buffalo’s attack so inefficient?

“You know, that’s a good question,” offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said. “I think sometimes (the opponent) makes adjustments, and they catch up a little bit to what you’re doing. Maybe I can change my tempo and make some adjustments myself to do a better job, but we definitely stalled out in the third quarter the last couple of weeks. But we feel like four drops (last week) didn’t help, and execution could be a little bit better. But I feel like I can put us in a better position to make plays too.”

Third down conversions are one area where the execution has been lacking. In the last three games, Buffalo was converting at a rate of 50 percent in the first half (10-for-20). In the second half it has dropped to 25 percent (5-for-20).

When I asked coach Lynn if those numbers motivate him to stay a step ahead with counter moves to his opposing defensive coordinator, Buffalo’s OC answered in the affirmative.

“Well, that’s my job so absolutely,” he said. “I try to stay ahead of the play-caller on the other side of the field and sometimes–he’s a pro too–sometimes he’s ahead of me, and that’s what I’m figuring out.”

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