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Stats Wizard: Looking back at some 2016 numbers, not all bad

  • The Bills totaled 399 points last season, their most in a season since they scored 400 in 1998.
  • The Bills had 10 games with at least 25 points — tying the franchise record, set in 1990, though they were just 5-5 in those games, whereas they finished 10-0 in 1990, en route to a loss in Super Bowl XXV.
  • The Bills' pass defense was strong, allowing the fourth fewest touchdowns (19) and sixth fewest yards (3,582).
  • The Bills allowed 2,130 rushing yards, fourth most in the NFL, and 21 rushing touchdowns, second most.
  • But as bad as their rushing defense was, the Bills' rushing offense was good — leading the NFL with 2,630 yards, 234 more than second place Dallas. The Bills also averaged 5.3 yards per attempt, 164.4 rushing yards per game, and 29 rushing touchdowns.
  • LeSean McCoy had 1,267 yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, and 5.4 yards per attempt, most in the NFL among players with at least 150 touches.
  • Tyrod Taylor is the only Bills quarterback ever to rush for 500 yards in a season, having now done it twice, and one of only six quarterbacks in history with multiple seasons with 3,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing, joining Cam Newton (5), Randall Cunningham (3), Russell Wilson (3), Colin Kaepernick (2), and Michael Vick (2).
  • The Bills and Taylor lost their best wide receiver, Sammy Watkins, this offseason, but the addition of (fun fact) Jerry Rice’s second cousin, Jordan Matthews, may ease the pain a bit. Matthews' 225 receptions over the last three seasons rank 18th most in the NFL.

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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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