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Bills dominating the red zone

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2017 – 11:10 am

Buffalo’s performance in the red zone has been strong on both sides of the ball thus far this season. Can it be the difference in today’s game against the Falcons?

The Bills rank second in red zone touchdown percentage on offense scoring at better than a 71 percent clip. Meanwhile they’re just as effective in keeping opponents out of the end zone. Buffalo is allowing opponents to reach the end zone from inside their own 20, less than 29 percent of the time (28.6).

The Falcons high-powered offense ranks a pedestrian 14th in the NFL in red zone offense scoring touchdowns 60 percent of the time. Atlanta’s defense is a step below that ranking 17th in red zone defense. They’re allowing opponents to score touchdowns a bit more than half the time (55.6%).

Buffalo has yet to allow a passing touchdown this season from any distance, short or long.

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Rex breaks down Titans red zone success

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2015 – 9:58 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan, in his weekly appearance on Coffee with the Coach presented by Tim Hortons, is fully aware of how successful the Titans have been in the red zone early this season. They’re tied with Pittsburgh for the best red zone touchdown efficiency in the AFC as they’re scoring touchdowns better than three quarters of the time. As Ryan sees it the problem for defenses is there isn’t one thing they can key on with all that Tennessee’s offense has in their arsenal.

“There are a few things. It starts with their quarterback. A quarterback who can run maybe won’t see the same coverages that he might see in the red zone,” Ryan said. “The other thing is they have a couple of huge guys. They’ve got (WR Dorial) Green-Beckham at 6-6 or whatever he is, so that presents a huge problem a size mismatch like Gronkowski, a mismatch size-wise. They have speed with some other guys and they go three tight ends a lot down there a bunch. So they have size, an accurate quarterback who can also run. That’s what makes them extremely tough down there.”

Buffalo’s red zone defense is ranked 16th in the NFL.

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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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