Why Aren’t The Bills Running The Ball?

Here is an alarming stat bought up today by ESPN’s Tim Graham:

“The Bills have rushed 110 times. When we take out attempts from quarterbacks Fitzpatrick (12) and Trent Edwards (five), receiver Roscoe Parrish (one) and punter Brian Moorman (two), Bills running backs are averaging 18 carries a game. ”

Going into the season, the only unit on this team that nobody was worried about was the running back corps. And with the addition of C.J. Spiller and subtraction of Marshawn Lynch, the plan should be simple to split the carries between Spiller and Fred Jackson, who are (outside of Lee Evans) the Bills best playmakers. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that in order to win the game, you need to have your stars touch the ball as often as possible,.

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills is forced out of bounds by Jason Allen of the Miami Dolphins during the NFL season opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Miami won 15-10. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

18 carries a game is absolutely unacceptable. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has ran the ball 55 times combined over the past two games.

Not to take anything away from Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills wide receivers, but the Ravens have a star in the making in Joe Flacco and a nice receiving corps with Derek Mason, TJ Houshmandzadeh and Anquan Boldin, yet they know in order to win in this league, they need to feed their RB.

Now when you look at the Bills, outside of Evans, we don’t have a WR threat, and with the Bills are last in the league in time of possession, wouldn’t now be a good time to start pounding the ball with your two extremely talented backs?

Hopefully this bye week turned on a few light bulbs in he Bills coaches’ heads and they come into Sunday with a new plan of attack.

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Topics: Anquan Boldin, Brian Moorman, C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Joe Flacco, Marshawn Lynch, Roscoe Parrish, Ryan Fitzpatrick, TJ Houshmandzadeh, Trent Edwards

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  • http://baltimoresportsreport.com Zach

    As a Ravens fan, I sure hope the Bills run the ball this week. It’s our best chance at a SHUTOUT! Not that they couldn’t shutout the Bills passing game too, it’s just a guarantee if they decide to go with the run.

  • Brennan Cooper

    As vaunted as your run defense may be, I believe that you just have an ignorance as to just how awful the Bills’ passing attack is. You’re correct that the Bills will have trouble either way, but if you want a blowout, hope to see the Bills try and chuck it around.

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