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Miami vs. Buffalo: 3 Key Halftime Stats for the Bills

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 11:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills walks off the field after throwing an interception against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on December 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Marc JubergChief Writer IDecember 18, 2011

The Bills trail at halftime to the Dolphins, and these three stats tell the story:

 

6/13: Running plays out of total plays run

If Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to pass the ball in the second half, he's asking for trouble. Not that he can't make the throws, but the winter wonderland that has descended on Buffalo increases the likelihood of turnovers.

Ball protection is the name of the game now. Towards that end, the Bills must keep the run percentage high and the ball tightly protected. 

 

62: The number of penalty yards against the Bills

Things turned south for the Bills in a hurry this season, and once they did all aspects of the game suffered. Buffalo has looked undisciplined throughout the first 30 minutes of this contest, and the penalty count tells the story.

These guys have reason to be frustrated with how the season has gone, but that's no excuse for playing like knuckleheads. The Dolphins are winning the penalty war right now, and they'll win the game too if that trend continues. 

 

0%: Bills' 3rd Down Conversion Rate

The flag story helps tell another narrative as well—that is, the Bills' offense has been forced into a lot of second- and third-and-longs. Drives are stalling almost before they start, as Buffalo is struggling to build any momentum.

A couple of third down conversions early in the second half should help foster trust among the different members of the offense and open up more opportunities. 

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