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Ryan M. Spaeder

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. Semper fidelis.


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Sean McDermott opted to give Nathan Peterman the green light over Tyrod Taylor, who, by the numbers, had been quite good, if not great, at times throughout his career in Buffalo, in the Bills' Week 11 match-up against the Los Angeles Chargers. And as you now know, McDermott’s master plan did not go as he had hoped. By the start of the second half, Taylor had reclaimed…

Bills

Bills vs. Chargers: 34 games all-time. Bills record: 10-22-2 (.324). Playoffs: 2-1. The Bills won the AFL Championship 20-7 against the Chargers at home at War Memorial Stadium, on Dec. 26, 1964. Then, exactly one year later, they again won the title 23-0, despite being 6.5-point underdogs, against the Chargers on the road at Balboa Stadium in San Diego. And most …

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Rumblings in Buffalo before the season even began were that Taylor was not the Bills' quarterback of the future and he was believed to be on a short leash. But through eight games, he has been nothing shy of stellar. He was 154-for-236 with 1,628 yards passing, 10 touchdowns, and just two interceptions, good for a 95.8 passer rating and 7.36 adjusted-yards-per-attempt, he …

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Last month, we took a look at some interesting Bills’ numbers from the early 1970s – one for each season – continuing what we began back in September that started with a piece on fun facts and oddities in the early 1960s and then the late 1960s. With little positive to draw on after the Saints’ 47-10 thrashing of the Bills, let’s pick up where we left off and…

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Bills vs. Saints: 10 games all-time. Bills record: 4-6 (.400). First game: On Nov. 4, 1972, the Bills lost a rather anticlimactic games to the Saints 13-0. The only touchdown of the game came on a nine-yard pass from Archie Manning to Bob Newland. Longest Bills winning streak: Two games, twice. Hardly a streak. Longest Bills losing streak: Four games, from…

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On Saturday, we took a look at just how good Tyrod Taylor has been by comparing his last three seasons to the last three seasons of 14-year veteran and future Hall of Famer, Ben Roethlisberger. I received a lot of feedback on this and, as with anything, some was positive and some was negative. But negative in the sense that some fans did not believe a comparison, showing …

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Tyrod Taylor was written off as the Bills' quarterback of the future by many coming into 2017, and many still doubt his abilities under center. But there is a good bit of evidence, by the numbers, suggesting that Taylor may be undervalued and underappreciated. Two-time Super Bowl Champion and future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been a staple and a key…

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Since the bye, the Bills have had seven takeaways to just one giveaway in their two games – upping their season turnover differential to a NFL best +14, with no team in sight, nearly double the second-place Jacksonville Jaguars, at +8. But the Bills ability to create turnovers on offense and limit them on defense is not just seasonally exceptional, it is historically exc…

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Bills vs. Raiders: 38 games all-time. Bills record: 17-21 (.447). Playoffs: 2-0. Winning the AFC Championship on Jan. 20, 1991, and the Divisional Round game on Jan. 15, 1994. First game: On Oct. 23, 1960, the Bills beat the Raiders 38-9. Buffalo's fullback Wray Carlton caught three of Johnny Green's four touchdown passes – with the fourth going to E…

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The Buffalo Bills now sit at 4-2 after their 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Defensively, this was in many ways their worst game of the season, as it was the first game of the season in which they allowed more than 20 points and their first with over 400 yards total offense, but their defense continues to generate turnovers — three, for the third straight ga…

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Bills vs. Buccaneers: Ten games all-time. Bills record: 3-7 (.300). First game: On Sept. 26, 1976, the Bills topped the Bucs 14-9. O.J. Simpson had just 39 yard rushing on 20 carries, but Joe Ferguson was 12-for-22 with 188 yards passing and two touchdowns. This was just the third game in Tampa Bay’s franchise history, and their third loss, en route to losing th…

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With no game to look back on from this past Sunday and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers matchup still four days away, let’s pick up where we left off before the bye week, and continue our numbers dive into random Bills stats, facts, numbers and trivia throughout franchise history and into the 2017 season. Doug Flutie rushed for 476 yards in 1999. He turned 37 years old on O…

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Oct. 17, 1965 – The Bills entered the day with a 4-1 record, set to take on the Chiefs at Kansas City Municipal Stadium. This contest, unlike the other nostalgic game pieces I have written, such as their 38-31 victory over the Baltimore Colts on Oct. 12, 1975, did not feature a dominant, high-powered offense. Instead, it was emphasized by a strong, gritty defensive pe…

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The Bills enter the bye week in a three-way tie with the Jets and Patriots for first place, but will come out of it trailing by a half-game, as New York will host New England on Sunday — the winner will take the division lead. With no game to prepare for this weekend and no historical stats to uncover for the Buffalo Bills’ upcoming matchup, let’s instead take a l…

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Oct. 12, 1975 – Buffalo entered the day with a 3-0 record on the year. Things were looking up as they were leading the National Football League in scoring with 110 points for, and were second in total offense, 66 yards in trail of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with 1,231 total yards. They had won each of their first three games easily with a 42-14 victory over the New York…