By Mark Gaughan
The Buffalo Bills have had two ill-timed failures in short-yardage situations this season.
They failed near the goal-line in the loss to Cincinnati and they saw Kansas City return an interception 100 yards for a touchdown last Sunday. The Bills rank 31st in the red zone, a trend highlighted in a story by Jay Skurski in today's Buffalo News. http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bills-nfl/johnson-on-bills-red-zone-woes-its-ugly-20131106
Overall, however, the Bills short-yardage performance is better than many suspect. Buffalo ranks eighth in the NFL on percentage of conversions on third and 1 or 2, at 68.5 percent. The Bills have converted 24 of 35 in those situations.
On running plays in situations of third and 1 or 2, the Bills are tied for ninth best in the NFL, with a conversion percentage of 75.0 -- converting 15 of 20 run plays.
In the red zone (inside the opposition's 20), the Bills have converted 5 of 8 plays of third and 1 or 2.
So the problem for Buffalo is the red zone more than overall short-yardage situations.
The teams with the best percentages overall on third and 1 or 2:
1. Washington 77.7. 2. Philadelphia 75.0. 3. Houston 73.6. 4. San Francisco 73.0. 5. Cincinnati 72.7.