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Coming into 2015, the Bills were a sleeper team to make the playoffs. This was mainly due to the arrival of Rex Ryan and the already gifted defense the Bills possessed. Add in LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, Tyrod Taylor and Percy Harvin on the offensive side, and on paper the Bills have a playoff caliber team.

This year, Ryan’s first season as head coach of the Bills, his defense has taken an enormous step backward and is the main reason the team will miss the playoffs for the 16th consecutive season.. The offense, with the emergence of Taylor, has been a pleasant surprise.

When you look at the statistics, it’s stunning how much worse the defense Ryan coaches this year is than the defense he inherited from last year:

  1. Yards per game– This year the Bills rank 20th in the NFL in yards allowed per game, allowing 358.8. Last year the Bills ranked fourth in the NFL in yards allowed per game, at 312.2.
  2. Yards per play– This year the Bills rank 17th in the NFL in yards allowed per play, at 5.5. Last year the Bills ranked third in the NFL in yards allowed per play, at 4.9.
  3. Points– This year the Bills have already allowed 301 points in 13 games. Last year the Bills allowed 289 points in 16 games.
  4. Third Down– This year the Bills rank 17th in the NFL in third-down conversion percentage, allowing first downs on 39 percent of third-down plays. Last year the Bills ranked first in the NFL in third-down conversion percentage, allowing first downs on 33 percent of third-down plays.
  5. Sacks– This year the Bills rank 30th in the NFL with 19 sacks. Last year the Bills ranked first in the NFL with 54 sacks.
  6. Defensive Passer Rating– This year the Bills rank 10th in the NFL in defensive passer rating, allowing opposing quarterbacks an average rating of 84.0. Last year the Bills ranked second in the NFL in defensive passer rating, allowing opposing quarterbacks an average rating of 74.5.
  7. Passing Plays– This year the Bills rank 26th in the NFL in allowing long passing plays, giving up 49 passes of 20 yards or longer. Last year the Bills ranked second in the NFL in allowing long passing plays, giving up 36 passes of 20 yards or longer.

While the fan fare was high this past offseason in Buffalo, another disappointing year is going down in Western New York. Rex will be given time to right the ship, but do not expect his tenure to continue if he can’t deliver a playoff berth to a fan base that has not seen one this millennium.

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