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Tyrod Watch: Passing heat map update for Bills' QB through 11 games

Tyrod Taylor wasn't spectacular in the Bills win over Kansas City in Week 12, but he was efficient enough, particularly in the first half.

Against the Chiefs, Taylor had a passer rating of 111.5 on throws between 10-19 yards to the left and completed his only attempt in that same range to the right for 33 yards. Over the middle at that distance he had a passer rating of just 50.7, as he connected on just one of his three attempts for 15 yards.

From 0-9 yards, Taylor went 12 of 15 for 100 yards, which equates to a passer rating of 94.4.

His Pro Football Focus passing grade in Kansas City was +0.1, his fourth-lowest grade of the season.

Here's how the Bills quarterback has performed as a passer in 2017.

Updating Taylor's middle-of-the-field passing, not counting the behind-the-line throws, he's completed 78 of 110 attempts (76.0 percent) for 812 yards (7.38 yards per attempt) with four touchdowns and two interceptions. That equates to a passer rating of 96.4.

Also, 35.7 percent of his 308 attempts have come over the middle (and not behind the line of scrimmage).

In last year's first outing against the Patriots in New England, Taylor received a -0.2 pass grade, his seventh-lowest grade of 2016. In the second meeting, in Orchard Park, his pass grade against Bill Belichick's defense was -2.2, his third-lowest grade of the season.


Against the Chiefs, Taylor had two escapes and was sacked twice.

Through 11 games, Taylor's escapability formula is as follows:

  • Escapes: 20
  • Sacks: 25
  • Escapability Index: -5

(Heat map figures courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

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