5 reasons why the Bills will soon run out of gas

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

1.Their defence can't stop the run or the pass

that makes it tough. What's the old axiom in football -- offence sells tickets and defence wins championships. right now the bills defence is giving up acres of yardage both on the ground and through the air. In total yards allowed per game the bills rank 31st with 420.5. Against the pass they rank 30th with 284.8 while against the run they are also 30th allowing an average of 135.7 yards per game. You simply can not win with these numbers as sooner than later the offence will not be there to bail them out.

2.Won't be able to keep coming up with turnovers to carry the day

If they aren't supplying stops on defence then just how are they winning? A big reason is turnovers. A year ago at this time the bills couldn't buy an interception. this year after six games they have 12 which places them first in the AFc and 12th overall. On top of that they have recovered four fumbles. Against those stats the bills themselves have yet to lose the ball following a fumble, the lone NFL team to have not turned the ball over on the ground. through the air, quarterback ryan Fitzpatrick has tossed just six interceptions (there was also one by backup brad Smith. the plus-nine differential ranks second in the league. A team can't live or die on turnovers. What happens to the bills when they stop?

3.They don't have an effective pass rush

If you can't get to the quarterback in this league you usually get killed. the bills right now are dead last in the league in quarterback sacks with all of four. that simply gives the quarterback too much time and places stress on the secondary. currently, no bills player has more than one sack. the bills lack inside pressure and have nobody who can cause havoc coming off the edge. It's a problem and one they may not be able to solve with their current personnel. "It's a problem we've got," coach chan Gailey admitted. "there's no bones about it."

4.Sooner or later they'll come up empty in the red zone

Of all the stats, of all the numbers, the one that is hardest to understand is the bills effectiveness in the red zone. After six games they have been perfect and that simply can't continue. the bills have made 21 trips inside the red zone this season and each time have come away with points. there have been no turnovers and no stupid penalties that placed them out of field-goal range. Of their 21 trips, 16 have ended in touchdowns while on the other five they have connected for field goals. Do you expect them to go through the season at a perfect clip? can't be done.

5.The remaining schedule

Assuming they won't win the division -- we're giving it to New england, that means the bills will have to beat out either the Jets or whoever finishes second in the North -- Pittsburgh or baltimore -- to become a wild card. Following their Nov. 6 rematch, both the ravens and Steelers have easy schedules the rest of the way. the ravens have two tough ones after that, home against San Francisco and on the road at San Diego. Following New england Sunday and the ravens next week, the Steelers have one tough battle left, at San Francisco. the bills have two games left against the Jets. If they split those, they are on the road against Dallas, San Diego and New england. they have the toughest road to plow.


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