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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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Bills in the Playoffs: 29 games all-time. Bills record: 14-15 (.483) First game: The Bills squared off against the Boston Patriots in the Divisional Round Game on Dec. 28, 1963. The Pats opened with 16 straight points, Buffalo answered in the third quarter, on a 93-yard pass from Daryle Lamonica to Elbert Dubenion, then converted the two-point conversion to draw with…

Bills

This season, we have been taking periodic looks at interesting Bills’ numbers, facts and oddities throughout the years, with a simple goal of uncovering one fun "did you know?" for each season throughout team history. We left off with 1979, when first overall draft pick Tom Cousineau spurned the Bills to play in Canada, a squandered draft pick that somehow turned into one …

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Bills vs. Patriots: 114 games all-time. Bills record: 43-70-1 (.382). Playoffs: One game, the Bills squared off against the then Boston Patriots in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Dec. 28, 1963. The Patriots scored 16 unanswered points to start, on a 59-yard touchdown pass by the hand of Babe Parilli to Larry Garron and an extra-point and three field goals by…

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Bills vs. Dolphins: 102 games all-time. Bills record: 42-59-1 (.417). Playoffs: Four games, the Buffalo Bills won three and lost one. Their three wins were a 44-34 victory in the divisional round on Jan. 12, 1991, a 29-10 win in the AFC Championship on Jan. 17, 1993, and a 37-22 victory in the wildcard game on Dec. 30, 1995. Their lone lost is their most recent playo…

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Bills vs. Colts: 68 games all-time. Bills record: 36-31-1 (.537). First game: On Nov. 15, 1970, Buffalo and the then Baltimore Colts played to a 17-17 tie. The Bills, just 3-5 coming into this game, took an early 14-0 lead against the 7-1 Colts, but Baltimore found their stride and went on a 17-3 run. Longest Bills winning streak: Six games, from Nov. 12, 1989, to…

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Bills vs. Chiefs: 44 games all-time. Bills record: 23-20-1 (.534). Playoffs: 2-1. The Bills lost the AFL Championship to the Chiefs on Jan. 1, 1967, 31-7. They bested Kansas City in the Divisional Round game on Jan. 5, 1992, 37-14, and the AFC Championship game on Jan. 23, 1994, 30-13. First game: On Nov. 6, 1960, Buffalo lost to the Dallas Texans – who became the…

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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 h…

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 rec…

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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 look at so…

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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 Sept…

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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 i…

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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 excel…

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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 Elbert …