The Buffalo Bills offense had a rather ineffective outing against the Bengals in Week Five. Let's examine what went wrong and pinpoint the biggest culprits in the loss.
Sacks and dropped passes were the main reasons Buffalo's offense sputtered in Cincinnati, especially in the second half.
Pro Football Focus credited Bills pass-catchers with five drops (LeSean McCoy, three; Nick O'Leary, one; and Zay Jones, one).
The five drops were the most of the season – the rain likely didn't help – and the most that Taylor has had to endure in his 34 games as the Bills starting quarterback.
Beyond that, Taylor was sacked six times, the most he's been taken down behind the line since Week Two of the 2015 campaign against the Patriots (his second contest as an NFL starter).
He was pressured on 40.9 percent of his dropbacks and 33.3 percent of those pressures turned into sacks. In Week Two against the Panthers, he was pressured on 47.1 percent of his dropbacks but was sacked on just 25 percent of his pressured dropbacks.
Against the Bengals, rookie Dion Dawkins was "credited" with surrendering two of the sacks, while Taylor was deemed directly responsible for another. The three other sacks were of the "coverage" variety.
The Bills are now 1-5 in games when Taylor is sacked five or more times.
In those six outings, Taylor has completed 64.5 percent of his passes at 7.57 yards per attempt with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. He's only thrown eight interceptions in the other 28 games he's started for the Bills.
Buffalo's passing game is not one that can stay absorb a high amount of drops and have Taylor get sacked often and stay afloat as an effective attack.
That was obvious against the Bengals in the Bills' Week Five loss.
(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)
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