Last season was the best offensive season in Buffalo Bills franchise history, but can they be the best offense in the NFL this season? The Bills finished within the top five of various offensive team stat categories. For instance, they finished 2nd in points forced, 2nd in total yards, 6th in yards per play, and 2nd in total first downs. After such a miraculous offensive season, it’s tough to imagine how the Bills can be even better.
Buffalo Bills Running Game
The best way for the Buffalo Bills offense to get more effective is to be better on the ground. Most of the success of last season heavily relied on Josh Allen and the passing attack. The Buffalo Bills were 3rd in total passing yards and 4th in total passing touchdowns. Conversely, they finished 20th in total rushing yards, 21st in yards per attempt, and 17th in total rushing touchdowns. However, don’t forget that Josh Allen’s 421 yards and eight touchdowns get baked into the team’s total rushing rankings.
If the Buffalo Bills want to take the next step as an offense, their rushing attack needs to improve. Brian Daboll has mentioned multiple times this offseason that the team doesn’t need to run more to run better. If Moss and Singletary are more effective with their touches, it can benefit the passing game as well.
With that being said, the running game is partially dependent on the guys blocking up front. As great as the offensive line was in pass protection, they left something to be desired when it came to run blocking. There was a bit of jolt in run blocking once Jon Feliciano was back in the lineup. It will be interesting to see if they can be more efficient in run blocking scenarios with Feliciano out there for the full regular season.
Buffalo Bills Passing Game
It’s hard to imagine the passing game getting even better than it was last year. However, a more efficient rushing attack could significantly benefit the passing attack. For example, the Buffalo Bills have put forward their blueprint to success. Which is spreading the field and flowing predominantly through their wide receivers. This year, opposing defenses will likely combat that by utilizing more defensive back-heavy personnel groupings and keeping multiple safeties back in coverage.
Two simple ways for the Buffalo Bills to counter these defensive strategies are taking the easy completion underneath on short passes or successfully running the football against lighter boxes. Either counter will force opposing defenses to respect the short and intermediate levels of the field more. Thus, opening up the intermediate and deep levels of the field. Furthermore, if the running game gets truly effective, that will only make defenses fall for the play-action fake even more.
Air Raid Hour Recap
On the most recent episode of the Air Raid Hour, Judge was absent, so Tilt, and I filled in gracefully. However, Judge was still there in spirit with beautifully pre-recorded segment transitions. We shared our thoughts on the Josh Allen mega extension and possible future extensions on the horizon. Of course, if you liked my thoughts on this article, Tilt, and I expand on the topic of how the Buffalo Bills can be the best offense in the league this year on the most recent episode of the Air Raid Hour. If you missed the episode live, you can watch the replay linked and embedded above. Hope you enjoy it!
As always, Go Bills!