Commanders key numbers: Reality check against the Bills in Week 3

The numbers didn't work in the Commanders' favor this week.

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The Washington Commanders offense has put too much pressure on Sam Howell's shoulders with 65 percent of the play-calling being passing concepts. Eric Bieniemy needs to realize that his signal-caller isn't Patrick Mahomes and needs to utilize the run game more efficiently in the first half.

In Week 1, the pass-to-run ratio was 28:10 in the first half and 9:18 in the second half. In Week 2, it was 33:7 in the first half and 10:16 in the second half.

Against the Buffalo Bills, it was 16:6 in the first half, and 22:7 in the second half. That's too wide of a margin, although it's also worth remembering that the Commanders got themselves into an early hole.

Across the first half, the Commanders have run a pass play 77 percent of the time. Given the offensive line woes and Howell's propensity to hold on to the football for way too long, the team isn't doing its best to set him up for success.

Week 3 was one to forget for the entire team. But how the Commanders respond next week in a tough Philadelphia Eagles atmosphere at Lincoln Financial Field will give us a clearer indication if this team is as resilient as they showed during their two comeback wins.