The Buccaneers have had a tough go of it on offense most of this season. Yards and points have both been hard to come by. All of it is rooted in their first down efficiency, something that Buffalo’s offense suffers from as well. Somehow the Bills have overcome it a bit better when it comes to scoring points.
Tampa Bay stands 31st in the league in first down efficiency, gaining four yards or more on first down just over 41 percent of the time (41.7%). That ranks 31st in the NFL. (Buffalo is only marginally better at 29th in the NFL at 42.2%).
That in turn leads to a lesser chance of getting a first down come second down where the Bucs move the sticks just 27.4 percent of the time to rank 25th in the league. (The Bills are actually worse at 25.5% to rank 28th).
Come third down there’s usually a medium to long situation for Tampa, which is harder to convert. That explains their third down conversion percentage of 33.7% placing Tampa Bay at 28th in the NFL. (Buffalo ranks 21st).
That leads to fewer first downs where the Bucs rank 28th with 211 (Buffalo ranks 21st). It also leads to more punts, which is why they rank 22nd in offensive possessions this season (139). Buffalo leads the league in that category with 161.
These are the inefficient numbers that have head coaches like Doug Marrone and Greg Schiano working tirelessly to find solutions so their offenses can make positive gains more consistently. We’ll see if either of them can find those answers against a pair of solid defensive fronts.
Tags: Bills-Bucs, Doug Marrone
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