Inside The Bills

Bills lead NFL in possessions

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2013 – 10:38 am

The Bills may ranks 29th in the league in time of possession, but Buffalo has had more opportunities with the football than any other team in the league.

Buffalo leads the league in number of possessions with 97 through their first seven games. Only seven other NFL clubs have 90 possessions or more.

What has held the Bills back offensively is their scoring percentage. Buffalo has only scored points on 30 percent of their 97 possessions (14 TDs, 15 FGs). That ranks tied for 19th.

It’s not a terrible figure considering all of the turnover they’ve experienced at quarterback. If they improve that figure by just five percent they would move up to 12th in the league in scoring percentage.

Not surprisingly, Denver leads the league in scoring percentage at 50.5%. So more than half the time they have the ball they score points (35 TDs, 11 FGs). The only other team that comes close to the Broncos are three teams that score on 44 percent of their possessions. Those clubs are Green Bay, New Orleans and San Diego.

On the plus side Buffalo is tied for the eighth-lowest turnover percentage as just 10 percent of their possessions have resulted in takeaways (5 INTs, 5 fumbles). Considering they’ve had the ball more than any other club, it’s a pretty strong statistic in their favor.

Here’s a look at the top 10 NFL teams in terms of offensive possessions.

Rank      Team                     Offensive Possessions
1              Buffalo                 97
2              NY Giants            92
3t            Baltimore            91
3t            Denver                 91
3t            New England     91
3t            NY Jets                 91
7t            Kansas City         90
7t            Philadelphia       90
9              Arizona                 88
10           San Francisco     87

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