Inside The Bills

Why Run ‘D’ turnaround must begin today

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2012 – 9:30 am

The Bills run defense has without question been a disappointment through the first seven games this season. The players say they have discovered a new found accountability to one another and intend to carry that over to today’s game against Houston. But if Buffalo wants to stay in a very muddled AFC race their run defense will have to be the most improved part of their performance. Here’s why.

Over the next two games (counting today) they’ll face two opponents that rush more than any other club in the NFL. Houston and New England have more rushing attempts per game this season than anyone else. The Texans average a league-leading 35.4 rushes per game. New England is second with 34.5.

Not surprisingly, both clubs stand first and second in rushing touchdown as well (New England 12, Houston 11).

What’s ironic is Buffalo averages more rushing yards per game (150.3) than both teams (New England 149.6, Houston 140.9). So if the Bills can tighten up their run defense to just a respectable level it figures to significantly impact their fortunes.  And as defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt has said, it starts with the front four.

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