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Bills' pass rush rebounds with good showing against Titans

The Buffalo Bills bounced back after a disappointing pass-rushing effort against the Packers with a solid showing against the Tennessee Titans in Week 5.

According to Pro Football Focus, the Bills pressured Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota on 11 of his 33 drop backs, which equates to a 33.3 percent pressure rate. 

In Week 4, Buffalo pressured Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on 19.6 percent of his drop backs.

Over the past two games, Buffalo has pressured the opposing signal-caller on 20 of 79 drop backs, good for a 25.3 percent pressure rate.

Against Tennessee, defensive end Jerry Hughes led the Bills with four pressures -- one sack and three hurries. Defensive end Trent Murphy added three pressures.

Heading into a Week 6 trip to Houston to take on the Texans, the Bills are now 11th in defensive pressure rate with a pressure percentage of 35.2. The league pressure-rate average after Week 5 is now 32.6 percent.

The Titans were able to pressure quarterback Josh Allen on six of his 21 drop backs, or 28.5 percent of the time he dropped back to pass. That is the lowest pressure rate allowed by Buffalo's offensive line thus far in the 2018 regular season. 

Right guard John Miller had his second "shutout" of the young season in regards to pressures allowed. The rest of Buffalo's starting offensive line allowed one pressure a piece, and Allen was credited for one pressure.

The Bills play the Texans in Week 6. Houston is 30th in defensive pressure rate at 25.7 percent. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been pressured 45.7 percent of the time (107 of 234 drop backs) this season.

Here's the updated team defensive pressure rate list:

Pressures Drop backs faced Pressure rate
Philadelphia Eagles 90 219 41.09589041
Los Angeles Rams 73 180 40.55555556
Carolina Panthers 58 156 37.17948718
Green Bay Packers 71 191 37.17277487
Minnesota Vikings 72 194 37.11340206
Kansas City Chiefs 95 256 37.109375
Jacksonville Jaguars 69 187 36.89839572
Pittsburgh Steelers 86 239 35.9832636
Baltimore Ravens 78 219 35.61643836
Chicago Bears 57 161 35.40372671
Buffalo Bills 73 207 35.26570048
Dallas Cowboys 69 196 35.20408163
Cincinnati Bengals 79 225 35.11111111
Los Angeles Chargers 65 188 34.57446809
San Francisco 49ers 71 206 34.46601942
Tennessee Titans 63 189 33.33333333
New York Jets 73 220 33.18181818
Washington Redskins 50 154 32.46753247
New England Patriots 71 219 32.42009132
Arizona Cardinals 63 200 31.5
Seattle Seahawks 56 184 30.43478261
Miami Dolphins 59 195 30.25641026
New York Giants 55 182 30.21978022
Denver Broncos 55 186 29.56989247
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 49 167 29.34131737
Cleveland Browns 70 239 29.28870293
Indianapolis Colts 65 223 29.14798206
Atlanta Falcons 56 215 26.04651163
Detroit Lions 45 173 26.01156069
Houston Texans 51 198 25.75757576
New Orleans Saints 50 198 25.25252525
Oakland Raiders 37 171 21.6374269

 

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