The Buffalo Bills (2-6) have endured a rough stretch on offense that has the team poised to “break” several dubious franchise marks for offensive ineptitude.
Following Buffalo’s 25-6 loss to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, Buffalo’s fourth time in six losses scoring seven or fewer points, the Bills rank dead-last in the 32-team NFL in scoring average per game.
Buffalo is averaging a robust 10.875 points per game, by far the lowest scoring average of any team in the league. The Bills are on a projected pace for the lowest scoring average in franchise history, and their offense is on pace to have the least potent attack since the 2006 Oakland Raiders (10.5 points per game).
With an attack that is averaging only 246.4 total yards per game on offense, Buffalo is on pace to break the franchise mark for fewest yards of offense per game. That mark is held by the 1971 Bills, who posted a 1-13 record and averaged 237.6 yards of offense per game. Buffalo’s current pace would represent the fewest yards per game in the league since the 2008 Cincinnati Bengals (245.3 yards/game).
With the three-headed quarterback monster of Josh Allen, Nathan Peterman, and Derek Anderson, the Bills have thrown for 1,405 yards in eight games, an average of 149.1 yards/game. That figure is the worst since the Jacksonville Jaguars somehow averaged 136 passing yards/game in the 2011 season.
The only bright spot? Buffalo, which had to play the league’s toughest slate of eight games (based on strength of schedule) has the league’s easiest schedule over the final eight games. Can the offense get off the historically-bad pace it is currently on by facing weaker competition?
Only time will tell. For now, the Bills must prepare to face the ferocious Chicago Bears in Week 9 at New Era Field with Peterman at starting quarterback.