Buffalo pass rush getting home

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2017 – 9:14 am

Though assessing a team’s pass rush isn’t all about sacks, Buffalo ranks seventh in that category. More importantly is the consistency of pass pressure and the Bills are even better when it comes to pressure percentage.

The Bills have the fourth-highest pressure percentage on pass plays. A bit more than 35 percent of the time, Buffalo has gotten pressure on the opposing quarterback (35.5%).

Along with their 10 sacks, Buffalo has logged nine quarterback knockdowns and 24 quarterback hurries. That kind of effectiveness will be crucial against the Falcons and QB Matt Ryan.

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Atlanta’s Ryan still stacking drives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2013 – 2:11 pm

It has been far from the most successful season for the Falcons this year. Even though they’re in the midst of a five-game losing streak their QB Matt Ryan still knows how to put long sustained drives together, something the Bills will want to prevent on Sunday.

Ryan’s success in extending drives is seen in Atlanta’s high number of 10-play drives. The Falcons offense ranks second in the league  with 26 10-play drives this season, which is well above the league average of 18.

That’s why they also rank high in number of drives that take five minutes off the clock or more. Atlanta has a total of 19 drives of five minutes or more, good for third-best in the NFL.

Naturally their success on third down is a big reason for their lengthy drives. The Falcons rank eighth in the league in third down conversion percentage at 40.5 percent.


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QB Ryan, RB Turner don’t practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2009 – 4:11 pm

The Falcons have been struggling to keep some of their top skill position players on offense in the lineup the past few weeks. QB Matt Ryan and RB Michael Turner both failed to practice on Wednesday. Here’s the rundown of players on the Falcons injury report.

Did not practice
CB Chris Houston (hamstring)
LB Curtis Lofton (shoulder/hamstring)
QB Matt Ryan (toe)
RB Michael Turner (ankle)

Limited in practice
DE Jamaal Anderson (chest)
DT Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder)
OT Sam Baker (elbow/hamstring)
G Harvey Dahl (ankle)

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