In the NFL, it's all about creating pressure on the quarterback, and that football philosophy was on full display in the Bills victory over the Falcons in Week Four.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.
On 25 pass plays, the Bills offensive line allowed five quarterback pressures (one sack, four hurries). That equated to the 10th-best Pass-Block Efficiency score (84.0) thus far in Week Four and only the Eagles and Raiders offensive lines allowed fewer quarterback pressures.
Dion Dawkins accounted for two of those quarterback pressures, as did Jordan Mills. Eric Wood was responsible for the other. John Miller and Richie Incognito had clean games in pass-protection.
While under pressure, Taylor competed 2 of 5 passes for 78 yards (87.5 passer rating, the third-best under-pressure rate thus far in Week Four), but he took three sacks. In total – counting under-pressure plays in which the offensive line was not deemed responsible – Taylor was pressured 10 times against the Falcons.
On the 15 pass plays in which he was "kept clean," Taylor completed 10 of 15 throws – and one drop – for 104 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, a stat line good for a 108.8 passer rating, the 12th-highest out of 30 qualifying signal-callers.
Kyle Williams was his usual, disruptive self in Atlanta, as he created four quarterback pressures (four hurries) on 35 pass-rushing snaps from his interior defensive line spot.
Lorenzo Alexander was hyper-efficient generating pressure, as he has been thus far in the 2017 season. He was credited with six quarterback pressures (two hits, four hurries) on just 21 pass-rushing snaps. That's astounding efficiency. Only Everson Griffen and Khalil Mack have more quarterback hurries in Week Four so far all outside edge-rushers (4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers) in the NFL.
Jerry Hughes recorded five quarterback pressures (one sack, one hit, three hurries) on 38 pass-rushing snaps.
And the pressure was effective against Matt Ryan.
On the 17 dropbacks in which he faced pressure, Ryan completed 7 of 15 passes (with three drops) for only 69 yards with one interception. That equated to a passer rating of 32.4, the second-lowest among 30 qualifying quarterbacks who've played thus far in Week Four.