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Advanced Stats: Gaines' monster performance, Taylor's accuracy vs. Broncos

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.

Here are the important advanced stats from Buffalo's 26-16 win over Denver (stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus).

Bills offense

Taylor had an adjusted completion percentage against the Broncos of 92.0 percent, which was the highest percentage among the 30 quarterbacks who've played in Week Three before Monday Night Football. He had 20 completions on 26 attempts. Three of his passes were dropped and one was batted at the line. Through three games, Taylor's adjusted completion percentage is 81.7, the fourth-highest in football. After Week Three in 2016, Taylor's adjusted completion percentage was 69.9.

Jordan Matthews was targeted four times and caught three passes for 61 yards. That equated to a passer rating for Taylor of 116.7. Through three games, Taylor's passer rating is 118.8 when throwing to Matthews.

LeSean McCoy forced four missed tackles on 20 total touches (14 carries, six receptions) but just one missed tackle on 14 rushes.

Buffalo's offensive line allowed seven quarterback pressures (two sacks, two hits, three hurries) on 34 pass plays. That's a Pass-Block Efficiency of 83.1, which was the 15th-best in Week Three. The Bills' current Pass-Block Efficiency of 83.3 is the sixth-highest in the NFL.

Bills defense

E.J. Gaines was a monster against Denver. He was targeted 12 times and surrendered just four catches for 39 yards. He intercepted one pass and defended two others. The passer rating on passes thrown in his coverage area was 8.7. He also had three run-game stops. Through three games, Gaines has allowed a passer rating of 36.0, the fourth-best figure among 108 qualifying cornerbacks.

Lorenzo Alexander stayed hot as a pass-rusher in Week Three. He recorded two quarterback pressures (one sack, one hurry) on 18 pass-rushing snaps. Eddie Yarbrough recorded two quarterback pressures (one hit, one hurry) on 11 pass-rushing snaps. It took Jerry Hughes 32 pass-rushing snaps to be credited with two signal-caller pressures.

Linebacker Ramon Humber led the Bills with five run-game stops against the Broncos. Through three games, he has 18 stops, the most among 82 qualifying linebackers. He gave up all four of his targets for catches but those receptions only yielded 16 yards.

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