Why the Bills may be in for a rough 2017: Jim Schwartz
The Bills’ defense may be one of the most difficult to evaluate this season.
The Bills have struggled on the defensive line all year and have been limited to four sacks on the year.
The defense has played some of the worst pass rush of the year so far, allowing five sacks in their past six games.
The unit has been especially bad on third downs, with the Bills allowing just seven in the past six.
The lack of pressure, coupled with the poor pass rush, has forced the Bills to play the run in an attempt to slow down the offensive line.
Buffalo has struggled against the run as a whole this season, allowing just 16.8 rushing yards per game.
The Buffalo Bills rank last in the NFL in run defense DVOA and allowed just 5.8 yards per carry.
The pass defense has been a little better, allowing 6.9 yards per completion.
It’s been a rough start for the Bills defense, which ranks dead last in defensive DVOA, allowing 3.9 points per drive and allowing just 4.4 yards per attempt.
The first six games of the season have been pretty bad for the defense, but Buffalo’s defense has come together, allowing 7.6 yards per play through five games.
Buffalo’s offense has struggled on both sides of the ball, as they’ve allowed an average of just 5 in the first six weeks of the regular season.
They’ve also been a bit stingy in the red zone, allowing 9.1 points per game on the ground, which is fifth in the league.
It seems like there are a lot of questions surrounding the Bills offense this season and that includes the quarterback position.
Buffalo lost a few key players in free agency and the draft to injury.
There are some concerns around the Bills offensive line, especially when it comes to the offensive tackle position.
There is a feeling that the Bills could be facing a major turnover in the offensive front with the departures of Ereck Flowers and Richie Incognito.
If that happens, the Bills’ offensive line could be at risk of becoming an issue this season if the quarterback struggles.
The quarterback position in Buffalo has been an issue all season, as the Bills have allowed over 300 passing yards per week.
It could be the case that the offensive lines struggles will be the most noticeable factor in the team’s struggles to keep pace with the passing game.
Buffalo is going to need to improve on their run game to match up with the likes of the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots this season because the Bills can’t get away from the run without a lot more consistency.
Buffalo ranks fifth in rushing yards allowed per game, which would rank sixth in the entire NFL.
They’re also averaging 4.5 yards per rush through five weeks.
The passing game needs to get back on track this season for Buffalo to continue to make a run at a playoff spot.