Through most of the first half of the season the Bills were a top 10 red zone offense scoring touchdowns on more than 60 percent of their drives inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Over the past three games Buffalo’s offense has gone 4-14 (28.5%) making it a primary emphasis this week.
“We have been pretty good this year,” said
Against the Texans in Houston, the Bills had no problem getting down into the red zone, but negative plays were what kept them out of the end zone in that game.
On their first red zone possession
Their third and final red zone opportunity was complicated by a 1st-and-10 sack of Fitzpatrick at the Texans 14-yard line. A field goal was the end result.
Though Buffalo went a very respectable 4-7 on red zone trips against the Patriots in Week 10, their missed opportunities were due to negative plays as well. A 3rd-and-2 situation at the 11 was marred by a holding penalty. That was followed on the ensuing play by a sack on 3rd-and-12 and the Bills settled for a field goal.
On a 1st-and-10 at the Patriots 13, Fred Jackson ran to the goal line, but had the ball jarred loose at the one for a turnover. And the last red zone trip ended with an interception on a 2nd-and-10 from the 15.
Against the Dolphins the wounds were self-inflicted too. A receiver looks over the wrong shoulder on a 3rd-and-3 and couldn’t pull in a touchdown pass. A pass is a bit off the mark on a 3rd-and-1 at the 16 and falls incomplete. Fitzpatrick is dropped for a sack on a 3rd-and-3 at the 17 on another drive. And on three chances while also battling the clock the passing game couldn’t connect on their fourth opportunity, which made them 0-4 against the Dolphins.
“Offensively, there was some stuff we are going to look at and correct,” said Fitzpatrick. “It is important to make sure you are still very critical of what is going on even though you have a win. Sometimes winning puts a blanket over some of the stuff that did not go right because you won. We just have to continue to get better.”
“We’ve just got to be consistent, kind of get a little more seriousness down there,” said Spiller. “A little more sense of urgency when we get in the red zone, so from here on out you pretty much have to score touchdowns to win games. Like I said we love
“Basically, just scoring touchdowns. That’s the main thing I think we came out of that game thinking about,” said