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Stats Wizard: How Jim Kelly's wins stack up against other Bills QBs' TD passes

  • Jim Kelly had more wins for the Bills (101) than any Bills quarterback since has touchdown passes. The only quarterback in Bills franchise history with more touchdown passes than Kelly had wins is Joe Ferguson, who threw for 181 touchdowns. Kelly is the franchise leader with 237 TD passes. Ryan Fitzpatrick is third with 80.
  • Tyrod Taylor rushed for 38 yards in the season opener, giving him 1,186 rushing yards in his career, passing Joe Ferguson (1,174 yards) for most rushing yards by a Bills quarterback. I know what you may be thinking, but Doug Flutie had only 885 career rushing yards for the Bills.
  • The Bills' Charley Warner is the last player to have a receiving touchdown, interception return touchdown, and a kick return touchdown in the same season. He did so for the 1965 AFL champion Bills.
  • Stevie Johnson, drafted 224th overall by the Bills in 2008 out of Kentucky, had three seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving. Only three receivers in history, drafted as late or later, had more: Marques Colston (6), Drew Hill (5), and Keenan McCardell (5).
  • As I wrote about Wednesday, the Bills' ground game is an indicator of their success. Last season, they were 7-4 when rushing for at least 100 yards and 0-5 when rushing for fewer than 100 yards.
  • Shady McCoy has been at the forefront of the NFL’s leading rush offense in three of the last four full seasons — the Bills in 2015 and 2016 (and now 2017), as well as the Eagles in 2013.
  • The Bills were the first team to lead the NFL in rushing in consecutive seasons since the Falcons in 2004, 2005, and 2006. The Bills' 190 yards rushing in Week One were the most in the league.
  • On this day in 2002, the Bills defeated the Vikings, 45-39, in Minnesota, despite having a winning probability as low as 0.30 percent when the Vikings' Moe Williams rushed for a 2-yard touchdown with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth Quarter. (Win probability according to Pro Football Reference.) The comeback, aided by a 54-yard game-tying field goal off the foot of Mike Hollis with 3 seconds remaining in regulation, was completed on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Drew Bledsoe to Peerless Price in overtime.

9/15/2002 Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings box score at

  • In 2016, McCoy became the first Bills running back to have at least 1,000 yards rushing and 50 receptions in a season since 1994. He was the third Bills back to do it, along with Thurman Thomas, who did it four times; and Joe Cribbs, who did it to twice.

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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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