NFL Week 4: Analyzing the AFC East

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As you know, the New England Patriots are the unfortunate holders of the Week 4 bye. Since the Pats won’t be playing this Sunday, we’re going to take a look at the status of their AFC East rivals as October begins.

Buffalo Bills – Offense

Overall offense: 11

Passing offense: 24

Rushing offense: 1

What jumps out about the Bills thus far has been their running game, which as you see leads the league with 458 yards. A pleasant surprise in that realm has been Karlos Williams and his average of 7.8 yards per carry and three touchdowns. LeSean McCoy has echoed the rookie with 146 yards, but his lowly 3.4 yards per carry is a bit head-scratching. McCoy’s pesky hamstring injury has put his status for Week 4 in serious doubt.

Tyrod Taylor has been just about everything Bills fans could ask for and more since taking over as the starter. He is completing three out of every four passes attempted, and his seven touchdowns to three interceptions isn’t too shabby for a practice squad veteran.

While the Bills’ passing offense hasn’t exactly resembled the 2000 St. Louis Rams, it has been serviceable. Taylor torched the Dolphins for 277 yards in Week 3; leading the charge in that game was former ‘Phins tight end Charles Clay.

Clay and Percy Harvin have proven to be useful offseason additions, combining for 336 yards and three touchdowns on 30 receptions. Interestingly, the influx of the veterans’ production has shoved Sammy Watkins out of the main role in the aerial attack. He, too, is doubtful for Week 4, so those guys will have to continue to produce if the Bills are going to beat the New York Giants.

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