Inside The Bills

No rushing touchdowns

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2009 – 7:58 am

The Bills rushing game has been its only consistent means of offense thus far this season, but when it comes to producing points the ground game hasn’t had the opportunity to provide them.

Through five games Buffalo has no rushing touchdowns. All the offensive scores have come through the air with touchdowns passes to Shawn Nelson, Fred Jackson, Lee Evans, Terrell Owens and Josh Reed.

All the others were defensive TDs (Schobel, Whitner) and special teams scores (Denney TD catch).

It could just be coincidence after five games, but I think it also speaks to the way the offense seemingly puts it in reverse once they reach the red zone.

Yesterday’s 14-play drive was a perfect example. After a 13-yard pass play to Owens on 3rd-and-4 set up a 1st-and-10 at the Browns 17, Buffalo gets a false start penalty.

1st-and-15 at the 22. On that play Marshawn Lynch is forced out of bounds for a three-yard loss.

2nd-and-18 at the 25, Lynch somehow scratches out 2 yards on a poorly timed screen play.

3rd-and-16 at the 23, Edwards is sacked for an 8-yard loss.

4th-and-24 at the 31, Facing a stiff wind the Bills choose to go for it instead of kick the field goal and Edwards is flushed from the pocket before throwing a pass to the end zone into coverage where it’s broken up by Cleveland.

It’s series like these that have prevented rushing for touchdowns from even taking place. Being able to run in the red zone is important, but the Bills put themselves in such poor down and distance so quickly that it’s rarely an option they can turn to and make use of, which is a shame when its considered one of the few strengths of their offense right now. Yesterday Buffalo was 0-2 in the red zone.


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