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The Buffalo Bills haven’t had a 100 yard rusher since Week 17 of the 2013 season

The Buffalo Bills will look to have a player rush for over 100 yards for the first time since Week 17 of the 2013 season.

It’s been 18 games since the Buffalo Bills have had a 100-yard rusher. Last week, the Bills rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries. The 4.1 YPC average was a good start to the year for the Bills, but the yards were mostly spread out among three players: Karlos Williams (55 yards), LeSean McCoy (41) and Tyrod Taylor (41). It was another week where Buffalo failed to have an individual rush for over 100 yards. This is nothing new for the Bills.

Buffalo spent the entire 2014 season without a running back going over 100 rushing yards in a game. That’s a big reason why Buffalo didn’t re-sign C.J. Spiller and released the likes of Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown. Now, Buffalo’s 1-2 punch features two new additions: Veteran LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams.

After extending their streak to 17 games without a 100 yard rusher, the Bills now face off with the New England Patriots. Could this be the week where the Bills finally break the streak? Based upon New England’s run defense from Week 1, it’s certainly a possibility.

Last week, the New England Patriots saw Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams carry the ball 21 times for 127 yards (6.0 YPC). The 32 year old running back looked elusive and tough to bring down against the Patriots, which surprised many as Williams is on the downside of his career. Last year, he appeared in six games and only rushed the ball for over 50 yards in one game. Before last week’s contest, the last time Williams rushed for over 100 yards was in Week 3 of the 2013 season (23-120 vs. Giants).

Per Pro Football Focus, New England’s defensive line really struggled in terms of run defense. Rob Ninkovich (-1.5), Malcom Brown (-2.4), Chandler Jones (-1.0), Alan Branch (-1.2) and Geneo Grissom (-1.5) all received negative grades from the analytics site in regards to run defense.

Both LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams are better backs on paper than D. Williams at this point in their respective careers, but Buffalo’s offensive line will need to be better in Week 2. Richie Incognito was the only starter who was effective as a run blocker (+2.4). That said, part of Buffalo’s game plan has to be playing keep away from Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. To do that, the Bills need long drives that keep the play clock running. An effective run game will certainly do the trick.

Breaking their streak against the Patriots would be fitting. The last time the Bills had a back rush for over 100 yards in a game was in Week 17 of the 2013 season against New England. On that day, Spiller rushed the ball 19 times for 105 yards.

On Sunday, Buffalo’s offensive game plan is simple:

RUSH

SWEEP

BREAK THE STREAK

It’s not as catchy as Brock Lesnar’s Eat, Sleep, Break the Streak motto, but it works. 


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