Inside The Bills

Why Bills may not want ball control battle

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2014 – 9:28 am

Since Kyle Orton has been in Buffalo’s lineup the ‘run-first’ approach on offense has fallen by the wayside. Now with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both out of the lineup it’ll be interesting to see if the recent surge in pass attempts by Buffalo continues. Considering the opponent today they probably should.

The Jets fully subscribe to the ground and pound approach on offense, especially in the first half of games. In an era where the majority of teams throw 60 percent or more, New York is 10 percent under that number. They run the ball half the time on their play calls in the first half through the first seven games. That’s the third-highest run percentage in football for first half play calls.

As a result the Jets have fared well in establishing ball control and eventually scoring on those possessions. New York stands ninth in the league with 11 drives that lasted five minutes or more of game clock.

The Bills, who used to be a heavy run percentage team, have slid to 13th in the league in first half run percentage (41.3%). Instead they turn more to the pass with Orton at QB. Leaning on the pass more however, has not helped with ball control. Buffalo has just four drives this season that have lasted more than five minutes, which ranks 28th.

Making use of a quick passing game and double moves with a receiving corps that on paper is vastly more talented than the Jets cornerbacks might be the way to go. If successful ball control won’t mean a whole lot because the Bills will be scoring points quickly.


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