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Stats Wizard: The good and the bad for the Bills from Week Two

  • The Bills have not won a game in which they rushed for fewer than 100 yards since Oct. 26, 2014 — losing 11 straight since then. On Sunday, as they fell to the Panthers, 9-3, the Bills gained just 69 yards on the ground, of which, only 9 came via perennial Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy, who had 12 carries.
  • McCoy’s 9 yards rushing represent his fourth-lowest total in any game of his career, and his fewest in a game since his 2009 rookie campaign. This marked the first game in his career in which he had at least 10 rushing attempts, but was held to fewer than 10 yards.
  • Tyrod Taylor averaged more yards per attempt when he took off — eight carries for 55 yards (6.9 yards per rush) — than when he dropped back to pass — 17 for 25 for 125 yards (5.0 yards per attempt).
  • Sunday was the first time the Bills did not allow the opposing team to score a touchdown since a 16-0 shutout of Patriots, who were without Tom Brady, on Oct. 2, 2016.
  • For the second straight game, the Bills' defense did not allow more than a dozen points — marking the first time since the 1988 season the Bills opened with consecutive games allowing 12 or fewer points. The Bills also accomplished that feat in 1983, 1981, and 1980.
  • Last season, the Bills had just two games all season in which they allowed 12 or fewer points. The year prior, in Rex Ryan's first season, just one.
  • The Bills tallied six sacks. The team record for sacks in a game is 11, in a 30-19 victory over the Broncos on Dec. 13, 1964, before the sack was an official NFL statistic. The Bills recorded 10 sacks in a 23-0 victory over Washington in Toronto on Oct. 30, 2011.

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On this date: In 1989, Andre Reed tied Greg Bell’s Bills single-game record for receptions in a game with 13 catches in a 28-14 Monday Night loss to the Broncos. Thurman Thomas matched that total Sept. 15, 1991, against the Jets. On Nov. 20, 1994, Reed decided he no longer wanted to share that record and pulled in 15 for 191 yards against the Packers, which stands as the Bills' single-game reception record to this day.

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Ryan Spaeder is a statistician, analyst and writer, whose work up until now has focused primarily on baseball. Spaeder is also a contributor to The Sporting News and co-authored Incredible Baseball Stats: The Coolest, Strangest Stats and Facts in Baseball History. Follow him on Twitter @theaceofspaeder.

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