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Buffalo Bills' run defense a rallying point for optimists

The 2-1 Buffalo Bills have some issues to work out if they're going to remain in playoff contention, but one area in which they have made significant, marked improvement is defending the run.

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Another week, another question from Marshall Faulk to answer about the Buffalo Bills. Take it away, Mr. Faulk:

The one area of the Bills that has consistently improved through each of their three games so far in the 2014 season has been their run defense. The numbers sort of speak for themselves:

  • Week 1 vs. Chicago: 18 carries, 86 yards (4.78 yards per carry)
  • Week 2 vs. Miami: 21 carries, 80 yards (3.81 yards per carry)
  • Week 3 vs. San Diego: 36 carries, 83 yards (2.31 yards per carry)

Heading into Sunday's matchup with the run-oriented Houston Texans, the Bills are allowing an average of just 3.3 yards per rush as a team, good for the fifth-lowest figure in the NFL early in the season. It's a stark improvement for what has been one of the league's worst run defenses over the past decade, and stands as one of the biggest reasons for staying optimistic about the 2-1 Bills' chances of competing for an AFC playoff berth.

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