Inside The Bills

Field position a major factor in loss

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2015 – 8:18 pm

It didn’t take Rex Ryan long to get to it. It stuck out like a sore thumb. The difference in field position in the first half largely set the table for the Cincinnati Bengals offense and made it tough on Buffalo’s attack.

“Average starting point for their drive in the first half for the Bengals was the plus-47,” said Ryan. “You’re not going to win that way.”

Cincinnati’s first five possessions were their own 49, Buffalo 49, Buffalo 45, their own 45 and the Buffalo 36. The fact that the Bengals only had 17 points might’ve been more surprising than the difference in field position. Some of those drive starts were due to special teams penalties, which handed the Bengals, the number two offense in football, free yards, which they gladly accepted.

“There are still too many penalties and really just some dumb penalties,” said Ryan. “Still it seems like on special teams we can’t run a play on special teams without getting a penalty for some reason. We’ve got to take a hard look and get that area fixed.”

By game’s end Cincinnati’s average drive start was their own 41. For Buffalo it was their own 15. The deck looked stacked before either offense even snapped the ball.

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