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Stats Wizard: Bills showing the best defense is a good pass defense

By now you have probably given a lot of thought to the Bills' 26-16 victory over the Broncos. Here are some quick-hitters and numbers that may not have crossed your mind:

  • The Bills have not allowed more than 16 points in any of their first three games. It is just the second time that has happened in team history. The other was the 1988 season in which they won the AFC East with a 12-4 record.
  • This is the first Bills defense to not allow a passing touchdown in the first three games of a season.

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  • Tyrod Taylor was effective under center. Against the Broncos, he went 20 for 26 with 213 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. That is good for a 126.0 passer rating — Taylor's second career game with at least a 125.0 passer rating and 25 pass attempts.
  • Taylor joined Jim Kelly (8), Drew Bledose (4) and Joe Ferguson (3) as the only quarterbacks in Bills history with multiple such games. Taylor and Kelly (3) are the only Bills quarterbacks with multiple games with at least 20 completions and a 126.0 rating.
  • LeSean McCoy has rushed for just 30 yards on 26 carries over his last two games. The 30 yards represent his smallest total in consecutive contests since his rookie season.
  • McCoy's 1.15 yards-per-carry average over the last two games is the lowest he has had over any two-game span, as well.
  • McCoy has caught (18) over one-third of Taylor’s completions this season (53).
  • Overall, the Bills rushed for just 75 yards Sunday, their fewest rushing yards in a win since a 43-23 victory over the Jets on Oct. 26, 2014, when the Bills had 67 rushing yards. The Jets turned the ball over six times that game.
  • Against the Broncos, the Bills scored 26 points on just 272 yards of total offense, the most points they have scored in a game with as little offensive yardage since Nov. 26, 2006. That day, the Bills had 241 yards in a 27-24 victory over the Jaguars. Roscoe Parrish had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown.

On this date: In 1966, the Bills topped the Houston Oilers, 27-20, intercepting future Hall of Famer George Blanda five times, including a pick-six by Hagood Clarke. All 20 of the Oilers' points came from either the arm or leg of Blanda, as he threw for two touchdowns and kicked two extra points and two field goals. Blanda is the only player in history to have at least two passing touchdowns and two field goals in a single game, and he did so seven times. The last player with even just one of each is David Akers, for the 49ers on Jan. 1, 2012. Blanda did that 60 times.


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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