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Thursday Thought: The Bills Passing Offense will be Better than the Rushing Offense

The Buffalo Bills passing offense was a weakness in 2018. However, it might be the strength of the offense in 2019.

The 2019 season is finally here! After months of keeping track of training camp practices on Twitter, viewing unwatchable preseason games, and holding your breath every day hoping that no one gets hurt, it can all officially come to an end. The 53-man roster is set. The depth chart is in place. All that’s left is to play the New York Jets this Sunday. 

Many fans (including myself) are eager to watch the Buffalo Bills offense this season. After lots of new faces were brought into the building and quarterback Josh Allen is now in year two in the offense, expectations for this unit are high. Many of the moves the Bills made on the offense were about helping Buffalo’s underwhelming rushing attack get much stronger for 2019. However, they may have catapulted the Bills passing game to be the primary weapon for the Bills offense this season. With that being said, for the first Thursday Thought of the 2019 season I bring to you: The Bills passing offense will be better than their rushing offense. 

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Josh Allen was the league leader in deep passes last season (Credit to Pro Football Focus).

That’s right I said it. For a team that has always been about leaning on the run game, I believe that this season, it will be the right arm of Josh Allen that the Bills will be relying upon. 

The reason I say this is because I believe that the Bills offense seems to get into a better rhythm when they come out pass-happy. In the first two preseason games when Josh Allen was throwing the ball a lot, the Bills easily moved the ball and put themselves in positions to score. This was evident in the Bills second preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. 

Josh Allen came out working underneath to wide receiver Cole Beasley and deep to rookie tight end Tommy Sweeny. On two drives by Allen, the Bills scored ten points. Even when backup quarterback Matt Barkley took over, the Bills offense continued to control the game through the air. The passing game was again the main focus under Barkley as he led two touchdown drives, along with a drive that ended in a missed field goal. Even running backs Devin Singletary and T.J. Yeldon were being utilized in the passing game.

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The Bills spent much of the offseason upgrading their offensive line (Credit to Pro Football Focus).

This was the antithesis of what happened the following week against the Detroit Lions. The Bills came out with a heavy running game plan and severely struggled to move the ball. In week three of the preseason, the Bills first three drives ended in this order: punt, punt, fumble. They totaled 23 yards of offense and gained a total of one first down. 

It’s certainly worth noting that these were preseason games, but there is no question that there was a very obvious difference between the offense in both of those games. Now I’m not saying the Bills should throw it all of the time and that they can’t run the ball. If anything, I’m a big believer in establishing the run. However, Sean McDermott and Brian Daboll are not naïve and know that in today’s NFL you cannot win without a respectable passing offense. 

If they saw what I saw (and what most of #BillsMafia saw) they’d be able to see that this team offensively is better at throwing the ball, than running the ball. It will be exciting to see what happens this Sunday against the New York Jets.

What do you think? Is the Bills passing offense better than their rushing offense? Agree or Disagree? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments below.

Mitch Broder is a contributor for The Buffalo Fanatics. To contact him, email him at mitchell.broder@gmail.com or on Twitter @mitchell_broder

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