Inside The Bills

Red zone fixes won’t be easy

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2013 – 9:17 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone after reviewing the game tape, didn’t feel all that different about what cost them the game Sunday against the Jets. He knows what needs to be fixed, chief among them execution in the red zone on offense.

“Defensively we’ve done a good job this year in the red zone,” Marrone said. “Teams have been able to convert 40 percent for touchdowns, which is much improved than we’ve been before. Offensively right now we’re at 50 percent and that’s what hurt us. We wound up kicking three field goals and we weren’t able to convert them into touchdowns. That’s what we need to do to win. That’s it in a nutshell.”

Improving red zone touchdown efficiency may be easier said than done this Sunday when the Bills face the Ravens at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Baltimore’s red zone defense ranks ninth in the league, tied with the Bills defense allowing opponents to score touchdowns just 40 percent of the time. The difference between Baltimore and Buffalo however, is the Ravens have allowed half the number of possessions inside their 20-yard line.

The Bills have given opponents 10 possessions inside their 20 while Baltimore has surrendered just five. With just two touchdowns scored from the red zone on the Ravens all season, only Kansas City has allowed fewer touchdowns (1) this year through the first three weeks.


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Ravens Rice still a question mark

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2013 – 6:36 am

Ravens RB Ray Rice missed last week’s game for Baltimore with a hip flexor injury. He’s still working his way back to full health and Baltimore coach John Harbaugh considers Rice’s odds a bit better for Sunday’s game in Buffalo.

“I don’t know about good, or great or whatever, but he was close this (past) week, to a degree,” said Harbaugh of Rice. “So was DT Chris [Canty]. With those muscle things, you never know for sure, but they were in the ballpark this week, and we think that will put them really in the ballpark coming up.”

Baltimore, much like the Bills last week, found running the ball difficult against Houston’s strong run front, which often brought a safety into the box. Here’s how the Ravens approach eight man fronts.

“We’ve played some very good fronts; I don’t want to minimize the fact that we’ve had to block some good people,” said Harbaugh. “A lot of times when you watch the tape, there is really good blocking going on out there. Sometimes, against a really good front where they’ve got seven guys that can make plays … One guy here, one miss there, one bad target in another place, each time that’s what holds you back.

“Our run game is not where it needs to be. We’re going to go to work on that – we have been working on it. We’ll continue to do so, and we need to make that important. One thing we’ve seen that, philosophically, we’re going to stick with it. It’s something that we think is important. We’re going to be able to run the ball here; it is a part of our DNA, and it is part of who we are as a football team. It’s going to be important, and we have the people to do it. The run game is something that has to happen for us.”

 


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C.J. knows future opponents will load box

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2013 – 1:36 pm

After seeing the success that the Jets had Sunday loading the box with eight defenders and holding Buffalo’s run game in check, C.J. Spiller is fully expecting future opponents to take the same approach until EJ Manuel and the receiving corps makes them pay in the passing game.

“That’s going to be the model,” said Spiller. “If I’m a defensive coordinator that would be my biggest thing too, to stop our run and pretty much make our rookie quarterback beat us. I have all the confidence in EJ. He’s going to be great. He’s going to be a great player and teams are going to force him (to beat them) and see how handles it. I think he’s going to do a great job at it. We welcome that. It’s just going to open it up for other guys. Once we do start making those plays and guys start backing up out of (the box) then everything else will open up.”

Spiller said the Jets dared the Bills to beat them with the passing game.


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Ray Lewis warns Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2010 – 10:15 am

Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis was pretty steamed about their overtime loss to the Patriots Sunday, and he made it clear that he and his fellow teammates plan to take it out on the Bills this Sunday.

After warning the Patriots that they’ll be ready if they meet up with them in the playoffs, Lewis also had some words for the Bills concerning Sunday’s game.

“We are going home and then we are going to the bye week,” Lewis told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s going to be rough on Buffalo.”

Let the bulletin board material begin.


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