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Advanced Stats: Bills defense missing tackles at alarming rate

The Buffalo Bills defense has suddenly lost its collective tackling prowess.

Through the first seven games of the 2017 season, as a team, Buffalo missed a grand total of 47 tackles, good for a rate of 6.71 missed tackles per outing.

Against the Jets in Week 9, the Bills missed a whopping 22 tackles, and the whiffs continued against the Saints.

In Week 10, Buffalo missed 15 tackles, which means as a team, the Bills missed 37 tackles in their last two games after missed 47 in their first seven games. Now, they average 9.3 missed tackles per game.

"Leading" the way in the missed-tackle department against New Orleans was linebacker Ramon Humber, who missed three tackles against New Orleans. He's currently second on the team with 10 missed tackles. He done that on 334 defensive snaps. Lorenzo Alexander has the most missed tackles on Buffalo's roster (13). He's been on the field for 440 defensive plays so far this season.

Eddie Yarbrough is the only primary full-time or part-time player on the Bills defense who's yet to miss a tackle in 2017. He's appeared on 232 defensive snaps at defensive end.

Through Week 10, Chiefs feature back Kareem Hunt, who Buffalo will face in Week 12, leads the NFL with 42 missed tackles forced on carries. He's forced missed a total of 56 tackles counting the 14 he's forced as a receiver. Kansas City's Travis Kelce leads all tight ends with 11 missed tackles forced, which means the Bills' tackling skills will be put to the test once again.

(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

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