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Buffalo Bills vs Carolina Panthers: scoring woes

Lack of scoring dooms Bills

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills only mustered 176 yards of total offense on Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers. They only managed 69 yards on the ground. They were 4-for-13 on third down conversion attempts and 0-for-2 on fourth down conversion attempts. All of those stats combined paint a good picture of how poorly the Bills offense played, but in the end the one stat that truly matters is 0 - the number of touchdowns the Bills scored on Sunday.

In the 2016 NFL regular season, teams that did not score a single touchdown were 2-254. The Los Angeles Rams were the only team to win a game without a touchdown and they did it twice. Once versus the Seattle Seahawks and a second time versus the New York Jets. Thanks to Buffalo’s offensive inefficiency and the defense’s honorable performance, the Carolina Panthers became the first team to do it in 2017. They at least put three field goals on the board. The Bills could only muster one Steven Haushcka field goal.

The last team to win a game with just a single field goal was the 2007 Pittsburgh Steelers. They managed that victory on November 26, 2007 in a Monday Night Football game against the then 0-11 Miami Dolphins led by John Beck. The game was scoreless until Jeff Reed put a 24-yard field through the uprights with 17 seconds left on the clock.

While it appears Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier have turned the defense around, Rick Dennison has not done the same for the offense. It was conservative and ineffective on Sunday. If the team is going to succeed in 2017 it will need much more out of that side of the ball.