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Stats Wizard: Bills' pass blocking improves, McCoy's receiving numbers help offset rushing struggles

Some quick-hitters again today, taking a look at some Bills numbers on the season:

  • The Bills rank sixth in the NFL in pass blocking efficiency — defined by Pro Football Focus as a weighted formula that combines sacks, hits, and hurries (with hits and hurries rated at 75 percent of sacks) relative to total snaps an offensive line is in a pass protection — at 83.3 percent, a vast improvement over their 76.2 rating last season, which ranked 21st in the NFL.
  • Jordan Matthews is averaging 10.75 yards after catch on eight receptions this season, highest among wide receivers with at least as many catches.
  • The Bills have a 49.2 percent chance of making the postseason this year, according to Football Outsiders , up from a 29.2 percent chance after Week Two's loss to the Panthers. They currently have a 1.9 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl, according to Football Outsiders.
  • Despite his struggles through his last two games, with just 30 yards rushing on 26 carries, LeSean McCoy ranks 13th in total yards from scrimmage with 271 yards. He is one of just four players with at least 125 yards rushing and 125 yards receiving this season. His 18 receptions rank 12th overall, and second among running backs, behind only Tarik Cohen, who has 20.
  • The Bills have not allowed a passing touchdown in any of their first three games this season, a first in team history. Coupling that with their four interceptions, makes them the first team since the 2009 Denver Broncos — a team that went 6-0 into its bye week, only to finish 8-8 — to have at least four picks and no passing touchdowns allowed through the first three games of a season.
  • The Bills have held opposing quarterbacks to a 64.9 passer rating through three games, their lowest opponent passer rating since 2005 (57.6).
  • Buffalo has allowed just 37 points, their fewest through three games since 2003 (34), and nearly half of what they allowed through three games last season (68).
  • Ramon Humber leads the NFL with 24 tackles, but is also tied for the league lead in missed tackles, with five, among all linebackers.

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

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