Inside The Bills

Turnovers a difference maker

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2010 – 9:29 am

The Bills were as close as they could be to a victory Sunday, but a turnover, no matter how controversial, wound up costing them in OT. And looking back on the team’s first six games giveaways have been a big part of the 0-6 start.

Buffalo wound up a minus-2 at Baltimore. It was the fourth time in six games that the Bills lost the turnover battle. The only games in which they did not turn the ball over was the opener against Miami (lost 15-10) and Week 5 vs. Jacksonville (lost 36-26).

The only time Buffalo has won the turnover battle was against Jacksonville, when they were a plus-3 against the team with the worst turnover margin in the league. The Jaguars are a minus-10 on the season.

Not helping Buffalo’s margin is a league low six takeaways in six games, which has been due to a combination of lack of pass pressure and inconsistent coverage.

“Pressure and coverage go together,” said Donte Whitner. “So you have to fix both aspects in order to be successful and until we do it, we’re not going to be successful. We have to fix our pressure and get more pressure on the quarterback and cover them better.”

But not turning the ball over themselves is step one, and Sunday they face a Chiefs team that has committed a league low four turnovers. Not surprisingly, they’re 4-2.

“We need to get rid of the turnovers,” said Fred Jackson. “We think that’s what’s hurting us the most. I think that’s what we’re focused on more than anything. We feel like we’re a good offense so we’ve got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. Not making the turnovers, not making the penalties and things like that, and I think we’ll be alright.”

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