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Tyrod Watch: Passing heat map heading into regular-season finale against Dolphins

Tyrod Taylor was effective in the first half but cooled off in the second half — especially in the fourth quarter — against the Patriots in Week 16.

He completed 2 of 5 passes made 20 or more yards down the field for 79 yards. He missed on both of his attempts over the middle in the 10 to 19-yard range.

From the line of scrimmage to 19 yards down the field, Taylor went 4 of 8 for 59 yards. Much of his other yardage came on throws made just beyond the line or behind it.

Here's Taylor's updated heat map for the 2017 season:

As the heat map illustrates, Taylor has been at his best throwing to the intermediate ranges of the field. Between 10 and 19 yards, he's completed 39 of 68 passes (57.3 percent) for 621 yards (9.13 yards per attempt) with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.

That equates to a passer rating of 122.1.

Taylor will likely try to utilize that portion of the field against the Dolphins on Sunday. Facing Miami in Week 15, Buffalo's quarterback connected on all four of his attempts in that area for 66 yards and a touchdown.


Against the Patriots, Taylor had one escape and was sacked five times.

Through 14 games, Taylor's escapability formula is as follows:

  • Escapes: 24
  • Sacks: 34
  • Escapability Index: -10

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