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Tyrod Watch: Taylor had most efficient game from inside the pocket in Week 16

Tyrod Taylor and the Bills played the Patriots tightly for three quarters in Week 16, and much of that had to do with fine inside-the-pocket passing from Buffalo's quarterback.

In New England, Taylor completed 18 of 30 passes (60 percent) from inside the pocket for 257 yards (8.56 yards per attempt). That equates to a passer rating of 87.7.

While he's had higher inside-the-pocket completion percentages in 2017, his 8.56 yards-per-attempt average against the Patriots was his highest YPA from inside the pocket in a single game this season.

Here are Taylor's updated inside and outside the pocket statistics:

Inside the pocket

  • 213 completions, 325 attempts
  • 65.5 completion percentage
  • 76.6 adjusted completion percentage (accounting for drops, spikes, throwaways and hit-as-thrown passes)
  • 2228 yards
  • 6.65 yards per attempt
  • 10 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
  • 90.3 QB Rating

Outside the pocket

  • 31 completions, 68 attempts
  • 45.5 completion percentage
  • 62.0 adjusted completion percentage
  • 367 yards
  • 5.39 yards per attempt
  • 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
  • 77.2 QB Rating

After experiencing a lull in the middle parts of the year which led to his inside-the-pocket passer rating to drop below 100, in his last two games, Taylor has completed 31 of 52 (59.6 percent) throws from inside the pocket for 424 yards (8.15 yards per attempt) with one touchdown and no interceptions.

That equates to a quarterback rating of 92.1.

Two weeks ago against the Dolphins, Taylor went 13 of 22 (59 percent) for 167 yards (7.59 yards per attempt) with one touchdown on throws from within the confines of Buffalo's offensive tackles.

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