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Why the long ball has worked for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2015 – 10:11 am

The Bills rank eighth in the league in plays of 20 yards or more with a total of 53 this season. Thirty-eight have come through the air including a pair of 50-plus yard receptions by Sammy Watkins last week in the win over the Texans. So why has the long ball become a legitimate part of Buffalo’s offense this season?

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman believes the formula is relatively straightforward.

“Pretty simple,” he said. “I think (Tyrod Taylor) is seeing the top of the coverage really well, he’s trusting our guys and putting it out there for them, and they’re making plays on the ball. I won’t get into the details of throwing the deep ball but he’s definitely hitting all his marks and I doubt there’s anybody out there throwing it deep, better. But if there are they’re probably pretty darn good quarterbacks that have played in this league a long time. So for a guy that’s playing his first year that’s pretty good.”

Buffalo’s running game has also forced opponents to bring the extra safety down in the box to slow the team’s ground attack and that affords more opportunities downfield in the pass game off play action.

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