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Stats Wizard: Bills' defense not allowing points, but is also limiting yards

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 his career-high with four interceptions and had a career-low 22.5 quarterback rating, which was nearly quadrupled by his counterpart, Drew Bledsoe.)

The Bills' defense has allowed 469 total yards in the first two weeks — compared to 801 yards in their first two games last season — and just 3.88 yards per play. That is their lowest mark in the first two games since 1996, when they allowed 3.52 yards per play, while opening the season 2-0 en route to a wildcard berth.

The Bills' 234.5 yards allowed per game ranks second in the NFL this season only the team who just bested them, the Carolina Panthers at 196.5 yards per game. The Panthers have not allowed a touchdown in either of their first two games for the first time in team history, having giving up three total points to both the Niners and the Bills.

For the Bills' defense, one area lacking is takeaways. They have two on the season, including none last week against the Panthers.

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Did you know? The Bills are the only team to sack Cam Newton at least six times in two separate games, doing so Sunday and on Sept. 15, 2013.

On this date: In 1965, the Bills defeated the Broncos, 30-15, holding former Bills running back and kicker Cookie Gilchrist to just 26 yards on 12 carries, and intercepting Broncos quarterback Mickey Slaughter five times. At the time, Gilchrist still held the single-game rushing yards record, with 243 yards for Buffalo on Dec., 8, 1963.

It was the Bills' second consecutive game with at least five interceptions. Since, only three teams have accomplished that feat: 1966 Broncos (Weeks 10 and 11), 1971 Browns (Weeks One and Two), and 2005 Bengals (Weeks Two and Three).

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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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