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One Stat Recap: Buffalo Bills preseason Week 3

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The rushing attack excelled against the Lions

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One of the reasons the Buffalo Bills offense was not successful last season was the lack of an effective running game. If the Bills’ most recent preseason game is any indicator, the team may be turning that around this season.

On Friday in Detroit, ageless wonders LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore both put up yards-per-carry numbers over 6.0. McCoy came in at 6.2, with Gore, not wanting to be outdone, putting up 7.1 yards per carry. They both also had runs of over twenty yards. While neither was able to reach the end zone, a couple of their teammates picked up the slack. Isaiah McKenzie scored early in the second quarter on a six-yard end around and rookie Devin Singletary punched one in from nine yards out late in the same quarter.

The Bills have had a run-heavy offense the past two seasons—ranking sixth last year and fourth in 2017 in attempts. However, last season they dropped from 14th in yards per carry to 21st. Hopefully they can reverse direction and rushing will be a positive part of the Bills’ offensive attack in 2019.