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Bills pass rush rebounds vs. Chargers, but pass protection still a problem

After lackluster performances up front on both sides of the ball against the Baltimore Ravens, the Buffalo Bills' offensive and defensive lines put forth better efforts in Week Two in a 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

According to Pro Football Focus, the Bills pressured Philip Rivers on 12 of his 30 dropbacks, which equates to a relatively high rate of 40 percent. It was a drastic improvement from Buffalo's Week One showing, when the defense generated quarterback pressure on just 10 of 41 dropbacks (24.3 percent) between Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson.

Jerry Hughes led the way for Buffalo with four pressures – two sacks, one hit, and one hurry – on just 18 pass-rush snaps. Kyle Williams had three hurries. Lorenzo Alexander had two pressures for one sack and one hurry.

Heading into Week Three, the Bills' defense is 19th in pressure rate at 30.9 percent, which just happens to be nearly identical to the league-average defensive pressure rate of 30.8 percent.

Josh Allen was pressured on 16 of his 41 dropbacks – he was credited with one of those pressures himself, a hurry – which is a pressure rate of 39 percent. 

Up front, Dion Dawkins and Jordan Mills each surrendered two hurries. In pass protection, running back Marcus Murphy was credited with one hit and one hurry allowed.

Through two games, Bills quarterbacks have been pressured on 34 of 83 dropbacks or 40.9 percent, which, as shown in the table below, would be nearly equivalent to the second-highest defensive pressure rate. 

The 0-2 Cardinals have created the highest pressure rate of 43.6 percent. They've pressured opposing quarterbacks on 31 of 71 dropbacks faced.

The Bills play the Minnesota Vikings in Week Three. Minnesota is third in defensive pressure rate at 40.6 percent. 

Here's the list:

Pressures Dropbacks faced Pressure rate
Arizona Cardinals 31 71 43.66197183
Los Angeles Chargers 29 71 40.84507042
Minnesota Vikings 35 86 40.69767442
New England Patriots 37 93 39.78494624
Pittsburgh Steelers 33 85 38.82352941
Philadelphia Eagles 32 84 38.0952381
Washington Redskins 26 71 36.61971831
Baltimore Ravens 30 84 35.71428571
Tennessee Titans 25 71 35.21126761
Jacksonville Jaguars 27 78 34.61538462
Denver Broncos 25 73 34.24657534
Chicago Bears 29 87 33.33333333
Dallas Cowboys 27 82 32.92682927
Los Angeles Rams 23 70 32.85714286
Carolina Panthers 23 70 32.85714286
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32 98 32.65306122
San Francisco 49ers 32 99 32.32323232
Cincinnati Bengals 37 116 31.89655172
Buffalo Bills 22 71 30.98591549
Green Bay Packers 28 95 29.47368421
Atlanta Falcons 23 87 26.43678161
New York Giants 16 61 26.2295082
Miami Dolphins 22 84 26.19047619
Kansas City Chiefs 30 115 26.08695652
New York Jets 21 81 25.92592593
Detroit Lions 14 56 25
Indianapolis Colts 20 83 24.09638554
Cleveland Browns 20 85 23.52941176
Seattle Seahawks 16 79 20.25316456
Oakland Raiders 14 71 19.71830986
New Orleans Saints 13 69 18.84057971
Houston Texans 12 64 18.75

 

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