It was tough sledding for the Buffalo Bills on the ground against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday – but just how bad was the run game?
Let's take a look at how the offensive line graded.
(Bills stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)
Against the Panthers, the only Bills who received positive run-blocking grades were rookie offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (+0.7) and fullback Patrick DiMarco (+0.4). That's it.
The rest of Buffalo's offensive line graded negatively in that area. The three lowest grades belonged to Jordan Mills (-3.0), John Miller (-2.2) and Eric Wood (-1.4).
With Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, Mario Addison, and even the veteran Julius Peppers on the defensive line, along with a trio of tremendous, fast linebackers behind them – Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson – Carolina boasts one of the best run-stopping front sevens in all of football.
It clearly overwhelmed what Buffalo tried to do on the ground all afternoon.
The Bills' Week Three opponent, the Denver Broncos, have more juice on the edge in Von Miller (16 QB pressures) and Shaq Barrett (13 QB pressures) and utilize a collection of adequate-to-solid defensive tackles in the middle, not a superstar like the Panthers have in Short. It will be a slightly different, but difficult task for the Bills' offensive line.
The offensive line will need to clean up run-blocking mistakes in Week Three in order for Buffalo to find more balance and efficiency on offense than it had in Week Two.