The Bills ran for at least 117 yards in each of their first five games and they finished that stretch with a 4-1 record, but they haven’t been as productive on the ground in their last three outings.
Buffalo ran for 102 yards in a Week Eight win over the Dolphins, but they were held to 82 and 72 yards in losses to the Titans and Jaguars that have knocked them off their perch as the AFC frontrunners. On Wednesday, Bills head coach Sean McDermott acknowledged disappointment with how things have gone on that front goes back “to last year at the end of the season in particular.”
“I thought we’d be further along. I thought that we would have progressed in that area,” McDermott said, via Matt Parrino of NewYorkUpstate.com. “It is something that we need to do and do better if we want to be the team that we’re trying to become.”
A more effective run game would force defenses to make changes that could open up more opportunities through the air and McDermott said “adjustments are being made” in order to bring more balance to the offense in the weeks to come. The first chance to show them off comes against the Jets this weekend.