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A sneaky offensive strength for the Buffalo Bills in 2015 was their success on play-action passes

Buffalo had great success on offense using play-action passes in 2015.

The Buffalo Bills were successful in many areas on offense last year.

The team's offensive line played well in both pass-blocking and run-blocking. Cordy Glenn, Buffalo's left tackle, was very strong as a pass blocker and Richie Incognito was among the league's elite linemen when it came to run blocking.

Buffalo was very success on the ground. The team led the NFL in rushing thanks to players such as LeSean McCoy, Tyrod Taylor, Karlos Williams, and Mike Gillislee.

In the passing game, Tyrod Taylor displayed one of the league's best deep balls and Sammy Watkins emerged as one of the league's best deep ball threats. Taylor was also terrific in terms of limiting his turnovers.

All of these areas are strengths going forward, but it's not Buffalo's "sneaky" strength on offense. Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders wrote about every NFL team's sneaky offensive strength for ESPN Insider and Buffalo's strength involved utilizing play-action passes.

Schatz wrote, "Buffalo had a league-high 72.3 percent DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) when using play-action on passes, and their 9.9 yards per play ranked third behind only Arizona and Washington. Only the Rams had a bigger gap between performance in play-action passes and other passes."

Teams had to respect Buffalo's run game in 2015, so it's no surprise that they often bit when the Bills used play-action passes. Based on their success in 2015, it will be interesting to see if the Bills use play-action more this season.


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