The Buffalo Bills were workmanlike in their victory over the New York Jets in Week One. LeSean McCoy was the offensive star, while safety Jordan Poyer turned in a quality performance at safety.
Tyrod Taylor had a good, albeit far from spectacular, afternoon, and the Bills defense got to quarterback Josh McCown for just one sack.
Here's what the advanced stats say about key players in Buffalo's 21-12 victory.
(Bills stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)
Taylor completed 16 of his 28 passes (57.1%), but his PFF Adjusted Completion Percentage was much higher. "Accounting for drops, throwaways, spikes, batted passes and times a quarterback was hit as he threw the ball," this advanced statistic provides a clearer picture of a signal-caller's accuracy.
Against the Jets, Taylor's Adjusted Completion Percentage was 81.0%, the fifth-highest of all quarterback's who've already played in Week One. PFF counted one drop, four throwaways, two batted passes, and one instance in which Taylor was hit as he threw the football.
Also, Taylor was accurate while under pressure. Of his 33 dropbacks, he was pressured nine times and completed four of seven passes while being sacked twice. Two of those incompletions were throwaways and one came when he was hit as he released the ball.
That equates to a perfect Adjusted (Under Pressure) Completion Percentage. Taylor's four completions went for 64 yards with no touchdowns. His passer rating while under pressure was 87.8, the seventh-highest among all quarterback's who've played thus far.
McCoy was one of 18 running backs who had 15 or more touches (before the Monday Night Football doubleheader), and PFF credited him with six missed tackles forced. Of those runners, only Kareem Hunt of the Chiefs forced more missed tackles (eight) than McCoy. Ezekiel Elliott, Jonathan Stewart, and Ty Montgomery also forced six missed tackles.
Poyer had three "stops" against the Jets, the third-most among safeties.
What's a "stop?" It's a tackle that allows on:
- First down: less than 40 percent of required yardage
- Second down: less than 60 percent of required yardage
- Third down: less than 100 percent of required yardage
- Fourth down: less than 100 percent of required yardage
Among linebackers, Ramon Humber had the second-most solo tackles (12) leaguewide. However, he was targeted a whopping 12 times and surrendered nine completions. He allowed just 59 yards, but 42 of those came after the catch.
Richie Incognito and John Miller were the only Buffalo offensive linemen who did not allow a quarterback pressure (sack, hit, or hurry).
As a defense, the Bills created 14 quarterback pressures. Kyle Williams and Lorenzo Alexander led the way with four each.