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Bills thump the base, but Schaub shreds 4-3s

10/29/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The ESPN Stats & Information gang documents every NFL snap. In the process, they frequently come up with interesting statistical trends.

Even though the Buffalo Bills have gained a reputation for their ability to come up with interceptions, numbers indicate they're at their best while in their base 4-3 defense compared to packages that feature extra defensive backs.

ESPN Stats & Information's research shows opponents are averaging 6.4 yards per pass attempt and have thrown nine interceptions, but just one touchdown against the Bills' base. Quarterbacks have a 39.9 passer rating.

Against small sub packages, Bills opponents have thrown for four touchdowns and three interceptions.

The problem the Bills have Sunday is that Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has shredded 4-3 defenses this year.

Schaub has completed 61.6 percent of his passes against 4-3 defenses. He's averaging 10.5 yards per attempt with five touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 120.2 passer rating.