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Tyrod Watch: Passing heat map update for Bills' QB through 10 games

As a replacement for Nathan Peterman in Week 11's loss to the Chargers, Tyrod Taylor had a respectable outing.

On throws to his left beyond 10 yards, Taylor completed two of three passes for 45 yards with one touchdown. Beyond 20 yards down the middle of the field and to the right, he failed to complete a pass on five attempts.

Taylor finished his one half of play with a 91.8 quarterback rating, and his fourth-highest Pro Football Focus passing grade so far in the 2017 campaign.

Here's how the Bills quarterback has performed as a passer after nine games (really, 8.5 games)  in 2017.

Updating Taylor's middle-of-the-field passing, not counting the behind-the-line throws, he's completed 70 of 92 attempts (76.0 percent) for 723 yards (7.85 yards per attempt) with four touchdowns and two interceptions. That equates to a passer rating of 103.2.

But much of the past criticism of Taylor throwing over the middle was rooted in his unwillingness to attempt passes to that portion of the field. Again, not counting the behind-the-line throws, Taylor's 92 middle-of-the-field passes account for 41.2 percent of his 223 attempts on the season heading into Week 12.

The Chiefs currently own Football Outsiders' No. 20 pass defense DVOA.


In the games against the Saints and Chargers, Taylor had three escapes and was sacked three times.

Through 10 games, Taylor's escapability formula is as follows:

  • Escapes: 18
  • Sacks: 23
  • Escapability Index: -5

Heat map figures courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

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