Inside The Bills

3rd down & red zone will be focus areas

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2016 – 10:08 am

For Buffalo’s offense there was a lot that went right in 2015, but it won’t have the offensive staff or the players resting on any laurels. They know full well where their deficiencies lie. Third down conversion percentage (38% – rank 21st) and red zone touchdown percentage (50% – rank 24th) are two areas in particular that will get a lot of attention come the spring OTAs.

“Again I don’t know I really had to review very much to understand (third down and red zone) were week to week issues that we were working through as the season progressed,” said offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “We communicated about it so I definitely think we have a firm grasp of that as something that needs to be better.”

Third and medium proved particularly difficult for the Bills offense to convert. On 3rd-and-4 Buffalo averaged just 1.64 yards on 11 pass plays. On 3rd-and-5 they averaged 1.57 yards on 14 plays and on 3rd-and-6 the Bills averaged five yards on 10 plays. Not surprisingly, their conversion rates on those down and distances were 36.3, 35.7 and 40 percent respectively.

The Bills were also ranked 23rd in yards per play in the red zone averaging 2.71 yards per snap.

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