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Stats Wizard: Random stats, facts, numbers to help you through the bye week

The Bills enter the bye week in a three-way tie with the Jets and Patriots for first place, but will come out of it trailing by a half-game, as New York will host New England on Sunday — the winner will take the division lead.

With no game to prepare for this weekend and no historical stats to uncover for the Buffalo Bills’ upcoming matchup, let’s instead take a look at some fun and entirely random Buffalo stats, facts and numbers throughout Bills’ history and on their 2017 season.

  • LeSean McCoy finished second last year in breakaway percentage — defined by Pro Football Focus as percentage of yardage on big plays (runs of at least 15 yards) — at 44.5 percent. He is at just 25.1 percent — 70 of 279 yards — on the season.


  • McCoy finished seventh last season in elusive rating — which determines a runner’s success beyond the point of being helped by his blockers, factoring things like missed tackles yards-after-contact and missed tackles force, according to Pro Football focus — with a 52.0 rating; that is down to 29.6 thus far this season.


  • McCoy has not allowed a hurry on any of the 13 pass block snaps he has taken on the year, good for a 100.0 percent pass block efficiency. He was tied for most quarterback pressures allowed last season with 13, garnering an 88.6 percent pass block efficiency on 88 pass block snaps — third word in the NFL among player with at least 50.


  • Through five games this season, Mike Tolbert has more rushes (37 to 35), rushing yards (135 to 114), and rushing touchdowns (1 to 0) than he did all of last season in 16 games played with the Carolina Panthers.


  • Converted strong safety Micah Hyde is leading the NFL with four interceptions. He is the first Bills safety with four interceptions through five games since Henry Jones in 1992. Among Jones’ four picks in his first five came two in a single game, in Week 3, on Sept. 20, 1992, both of which he returned for touchdowns. He is the only player in Bills’ franchise history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a single game.


  • Tyrod Taylor has 1,269 rushing yards in 34 games for Buffalo, most ever by any Bills’ quarterback, 95 more than second place Joe Ferguson, in 130 fewer games. Taylor is tied with Ferguson for second most rushing touchdowns among the same group, well behind first place Jack Kemp, who has 25 rushing scores.


  • Overall, Kemp had 40 rushing touchdowns — 25 with the Bills and 15 with the Chargers — on 356 attempts; 11.2 percent of his rushing attempts ended in a score. He is one of just three players in history to score on at least 10.0 percent of his rushing attempts, requiring at least 250 attempts. The other two: Hall of Famers Y.A. Tittle and Otto Graham. Tittle and Graham were both first round picks, sixth and fourth, respectively, while Kemp was drafted in the 17th round.


  • O.J. Simpson scored a touchdown in all 14 of the Bills’ games in 1975. He is one of just two players in history to score a touchdown in each of his team’s games in a season — Lenny Moore did so first, for the Baltimore Colts in 1964. Though we should note that, in 1995, Emmitt Smith scored in 15 of the Cowboys’ 16 games.


  • The Bills drafted running back Terry Miller in the first round, fifth overall to replace Simpson in the 1978 draft. He had a promising rookie season, rushing for 1,060 yards with seven rushing touchdowns. But he had just 523 yards on the ground with only one rushing score during the rest of his career. In that same draft, with the very next pick, the Green Bay Packers selected future Hall of Famer James Lofton. Lofton, of course, would play for the Bills from 1989-92, but his best seasons came with Green Bay in the early-to-mid 1980s.


  • Three players in Bills’ franchise history have passed, caught, and rushed for a touchdown in a single-season: Richie Lucas in 1960, Joe Cribbs in 1981, and Fred Jackson in 2009. Lucas is the only Buffalo player to do so in his rookie season. No Bills’ player has ever had all three in a single-game — the last NFL player to do so is LaDainian Tomlinson on Oct. 16, 2005 — but Keith Lincoln, of the San Diego Chargers, did so on Nov. 7, 1965, two seasons before he joined Buffalo.

On this date — the day of the 100-yard rusher:

In 1962, the Bills beat the Chargers, 35-10, Cookie Gilchrist rushed for 124 yards and Wayne Crow rushed for 115 yards.

In 1974, the Bills beat the Colts, 27-14, O.J. Simpson rushed for 127 yards.

In 1991, the Bills beat the Colts, 42-6, Thurman Thomas rushed for 117 yards and Kenneth Davis rushed for 108 yards.

In 2002, the Bills beat the Texans, 31-24, Travis Henry rushed for 159 yards.


Many of the stats in this article made possible by the Pro Football Reference Play Index

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