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Mark Gaughan's Film Breakdown: Bills suffering chunk play drought

The inability to stretch the field in the passing game has become a recurring nightmare for the Buffalo Bills' offense.

The Bills' longest completion in the 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots was just 14 yards.

The Bills were 0 for 2 on passes that traveled more than 20 yards past the line of scrimmage against the Patriots. Tyrod Taylor missed deep for Deonte Thompson and Nathan Peterman missed deep to the end zone for Thompson.

In the past four games, the Bills are 1 for 12 on passes 20-plus yards downfield. The lone completion was a 33-yard gainer from Taylor to Zay Jones in the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Chunk passing plays have all but dried up for the Bills the past month, further evidence of the team's weakness at the wide-receiver position.

Over the past four games, the Bills have managed just five 20-plus pass plays, regardless of the distance the pass traveled. They had 24 the first eight games.

The Bills stand 30th in the NFL in passing yards per game at 174.4. That would be their lowest passing total since the 2009 season.

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