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Stats Wizard: Some numbers, milestones from Bills victory over Jets

  • LeSean McCoy rushed for 110 yards in the Bills' season-opening 21-12 victory over the Jets, surpassing 9,000 yards for his career in just 118 career games. He is the 22nd player in history to rush for at least 9,000 yards through his first 118 games. Among that group of 22, his 4.72 yards per attempt rank fourth, behind Saints back Adrian Peterson (4.92), and Hall of Famers Barry Sanders (4.90) and O.J. Simpson (4.75).
  • McCoy recorded his 11th game with the Bills at least 100 yards rushing — sixth most in team history. The Bills are 9-2 (.818) when he rushes for at least 100 yards.
  • Thurman Thomas leads the Bills with 46 games with at least 100 yards rushing. The Bills were 43-3 (.935) when Thomas rushed for at least 100 yards.

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  • Tyrod Taylor threw for 224 yards, the most by a Bills quarterback in a season opener since Drew Bledsoe threw for 230 in the 2003 opener — the memorable 31-0 victory over the Patriots.
  • Taylor also threw a pair of touchdown passes — one to Charles Clay and another to Andre Holmes. The last Bills quarterback with as many yards passing and as many touchdown passes as Taylor in a season opener was Jim Kelly, who threw for 381 yards with a pair of touchdown passes in the 1991 opener, a 35-31 home win over the Dolphins.
  • No Bills quarterback with as many passing yards as Taylor had in an opener, also had as many rushing yards (38) in the same game.

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  • The Bills moved to 60-53 (.531) all time against the Jets.
  • Ramon Humber, in his 109th career game, had a career-high 12 tackles. Not only was this a personal best for Humber, but as I wrote about Sunday, it surpassed Manny Lawson's 11 tackles Sept. 22, 2013, for the most tackles by a Bills player against the Jets.
  • The Bills held opponents to 12 or fewer points in just two games last season and just one game in 2015.
  • Sunday was the first time the Bills scored 20 or more points in a game in which they allowed 12 or fewer since a 26-10 victory against the Browns on Nov. 30, 2014.

(Personal note: Next week, the Bills will take on the Panthers in Charlotte, not terribly far from where I am stationed as a Marine. I am considering attending the game — and, oh yes, there will be stats!)


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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