Beyond run-game struggles, the Buffalo Bills put on a well-rounded performance in the victory over the Denver Broncos in Week Three.
The defense and the passing game were on point. Leslie Frazier's unit has allowed just two touchdowns through three games.
Tyrod Taylor was highly efficient as a passer, and even got Kaelin Clay and Nick O'Leary involved down the field.…
Bills vs. Broncos: 36 games all-time.
Bills record: 19-16-1 (.542).
First game: This was the Bills second-ever game and first-ever home game. The Bills managed more total offense than the Broncos — 279 total yards to 264 — but were handicapped by turnovers, six of them, all interceptions, five thrown by Tommy O’Connell and one by Bob Brodhead. Broncos' Goose…
Last week I introduced a metric called "One-Read-Then-Run," which tracks how many times Tyrod Taylor runs beyond the line of scrimmage after only checking his first read.
Here's my thought behind the creation of this statistics:
"Pertaining to Taylor's advancement as a passer, the fewer of these, the better. This metric won't be perfect, because we can't see Taylor's…
Last week I introduced "Escapability Index," a statistic I'll be tracking for Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor this season.
Because context and comparison are vital in analysis, monitoring how often Taylor gets sacked relative to how often I deemed he escaped one makes sense. Here's a quick refresher on the criteria for Escapability Index:
Buffalo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka hasn't gotten much work through two games in the 2017 season, but we're sticking with our tracking project that compares his effectiveness to Dan Carpenter's last year.
Field goals (through two games)
2017 Hauschka: 1/2
2016 Carpenter: 1/2
Last year in the second game of the season, Carpenter made a 39-yarder in the Bills los…
The Buffalo Bills host the Denver Broncos in a Week Three outing that's the second-straight game with many of familiar faces squaring off against each other.
Rick Dennison was the Broncos offensive coordinator over the past two seasons, so he certainly knows Trevor Siemian, Demaryius Thomas, and Emmanuel Sanders very well.
Let's assess some critical one-on-one matchu…
Earlier this week, we looked at the Buffalo Bills of the early 1960s. It featured several fun facts about a player who is quickly becoming a historical favorite of mine, Cookie Gilchrist.
Here is more about Gilchrist, with some numbers sprinkled throughout.
Gilchrist was signed by Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown out of high school for $5,000. Gilchrist accepted th…
Before the Denver Broncos head to New Era Field for their first road trip of the season, let's run through some pertinent advanced statistics.
Like he did a season ago, Trevor Siemian has started hot. He threw four touchdowns a week ago in Denver's romp over Dallas.
And like he's done his entire career, Von Miller has been a hyperproductive edge-rusher. He has two sa…
This week we have reeled off some numbers from the Panthers game and taken a look at the defense's impressive start for the Bills, so let's have a little fun today and step back into the 1960s for some quick-hitters:
In 1960, Buffalo’s first pro football season — excluding the AAFC Buffalo Bills of 1947-49 — the Bills had what still stands as a franchise record…
Marcell Dareus was credited with only one assisted tackle against the Panthers, the second-straight week he's had that exact stat line.
But let's dig deeper than the elementary statistics.
(Bills stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)
In Carolina, the Buffalo defensive tackle received an overall PFF grade of +1.0 on just 18 snaps – he suffered an ankle injury ea…
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LeSean McCoy was the NFL's second-most productive runner in Week 1 against the Jets. He carried the football 12 times for nine yards in the Buffalo Bills' loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 2.
So what happened in the second game of the season?
Much of tha…
The Bills have not allowed more than a dozen points in either of their first two games — the first time they have accomplished that feat since 1988, and just the fifth time in franchise history.
Beyond that, their 21 total points allowed is their lowest total through two weeks since 2003. (That included a 31-0 shutout of the Patriots, a game in which Tom Brady tied h…
It was tough sledding for the Buffalo Bills on the ground against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday – but just how bad was the run game?
Let's take a look at how the offensive line graded.
(Bills stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)
Against the Panthers, the only Bills who received positive run-blocking grades were rookie offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (+0.7) and…
The Buffalo Bills were flagged five times for 44 yards against the Carolina Panthers.
Throughout the season, we will review all of the team's penalties from the previous game. Each penalty will be labeled based on its impact:
Let's examine each Bills penalty in their Week 2 loss.
Penalty 1: Second quarter, 9:16 remain…