Inside The Bills

Run game a tale of two halves

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2013 – 9:23 am

The Bills productive rushing attack was true to form in the first half rolling up respectable yardage and posting a fat yards per carry average, but that all changed in the second half.

Buffalo’s two main ball carriers on Sunday were Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice. In the first half the two combined for 69 yards on 14 carries for an average of 4.92 yards per rush. That was right around what New Orleans was surrendering on the ground this season (5.1).

Come the second half however, the Saints dropped a safety in the box and the run game was suddenly stymied. Granted the Bills had to pass more being down on the scoreboard, but when they tried to run early in the second half they were stuffed. Jackson and Choice had eight carries for 11 yards for an average of 1.38 per rush.

Making his weekly radio appearance on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550, Jackson admitted they did not make the proper second half adjustments to counter what New Orleans defense was doing.

“You’ve got to give them credit,” said Jackson. “They made some second half adjustments and we didn’t. That’s something we have to be better at. We have to be better at making second half adjustments. One of the things they did was keep a safety down in the box the entire time in the second half. We have to see that and we have to adjust. That’s something that’s going to fall on us as players. When we see that we have to let them know what’s going on when we get to the sideline and get the adjustments made.”

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