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Can Buffalo mount a top 10 offensive attack?

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick covered a lot of ground in his news conference today.

One topic that surely will interest Bills fans is Fitzpatrick's belief the Bills can have a top 10 offense this season.

"I think that's where we want to be," Fitzpatrick said. "Statistics lie sometimes, and there's a lot of things that go into a successful offense. That's something we look at, though, and something that we see ourselves getting better every year. That's one of those stats where we have continued to improve."

Top 10 is not outrageous to contemplate. Even with their second-half swoon last year, the Bills ranked 14th in total offense at 351.5 yards a game and 14th in scoring at 23.2 points a game.

In 2010, the Bills ranked 25th in total offense at 304.9 yards a game and 28th in scoring at 17.7 points a game.

"We're looking for improvement and taking out some of the turnovers, some of the third-down efficiency, better red-zone efficiency," Fitzpatrick said. "We're excited with a lot of the things that happened last year."

Fitzpatrick's interceptions will be the biggest problem to erase. He led the NFL with a career-high 23 interceptions, eight more than he threw the year before.

But the Bills have all of their top weapons coming back and healthy: running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, receivers Stevie Johnson and David Nelson and tight end Scott Chandler. Third-round draft choice T.J. Graham could open up the offense with his sprinter's speed.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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