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First-quarter analysis: Red-zone struggles on full display

A 6-0 lead after the opening quarter sounds pretty good for
the Buffalo Bills, but it’s easy to be disappointed by it.

The Bills twice have had to settle for field goals inside
the red zone today against the Baltimore Ravens at Ralph Wilson Stadium, with Dan
Carpenter converting both times from 27 yards out.

The Bills are now failed to score a touchdown in their past
five trips inside the red zone, settling for Carpenter field goals each time.

The Bills’ first drive of the game covered 64 yards in 11
plays and took 4:43 off the clock. The big play was a 26-yard completion from
EJ Manuel to T.J. Graham on a third-and-9 play from the Baltimore 40-yard line,
setting the Bills up at the Ravens’ 14. The drive stalled when on third and 3
from the Baltimore 7, Manuel was sacked by Terrell Suggs.

The Bills’ next drive also stalled when Manuel scrambled on
a third-and-7 play from the Baltimore 14-yard line, sliding down 2 yards short
of the first down.  After missing his
first field goal of the season, Carpenter has now made nine straight.

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