The New England Patriots won the time of possession battle in Sunday’s season opener with the Bills by better than 15 minutes. That’s more than a quarter’s worth of game clock as the Pats held onto the ball for 37:43 to Buffalo’s 22:17. But winning time of possession is not high on the Bills’ priority list. Moving the ball quickly and scoring points is the main aim.
Bills captain Eric Wood explained that based on their style of play on offense, winning time of possession could prove difficult.
“I don’t think we’re going to win a lot of time of possession battles this year and we’re fine with that,” said Wood. “We just need to run more plays. We would’ve liked to have their number of plays (89) (Sunday) and wear them down a little bit more because when we were able to put drives together I felt our tempo was great. But when we do go three and out our defense gets hung out to dry. But they’re in good condition too, they’re prepped for it. They know what’s going to happen.”
The key to maintain tempo on offense for the Bills are positive plays, completions in the pass game and no penalties. Third down conversions are obviously a part of that.
“I think the biggest thing is getting the first one of the drive,” said Scott Chandler of third down conversions. “Then you start to get the defense on their heels. We’ve got to be better. Obviously, we had some short ones that we didn’t convert. We had some in key situations that we didn’t convert. If we could have sustained a drive or two in the second half I think it would have been a different game.”
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