The Buffalo Bills now sit at 4-2 after their 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Defensively, this was in many ways their worst game of the season, as it was the first game of the season in which they allowed more than 20 points and their first with over 400 yards total offense, but their defense continues to generate turnovers — three, for the third straight game.
Buffalo is the only team this season to have at least three straight games with three or more takeaways. Their longest streak of games with at least three turnovers forced is eight, from Dec. 1, 1991, to Sept. 27, 1992.
The Bills now have 13 takeaways to just three giveaways on the season. They are just the second team ever to have 13 or more turnovers on defense and three or fewer turnovers on offense through their first six season games, joining the 2001 New York Jets.
Overall, their +10 turnover margin ranks first in the NFL. And this is just the third time that the Bills have had a positive, double-digit turnover differential through their first six games in a season, going +13 through six games in 1993 and +11 through six in 1965.
Offensively, Buffalo saw a vast improvement from LeSean McCoy, scoring his first two touchdowns of the season, including his first score since Dec. 24, 2016. This marks Shady’s 17th career game with multiple touchdowns scored, one more than Thurman Thomas had in his career and two more than O.J. Simpson had in his.
Stats Wizard – LeSean McCoy is now the first Bills’ player to have multiple games with at least 20 rushing attempts and five receptions in a season since Marshawn Lynch had a pair in 2008. He will likely join Greg Bell (1985) as the lone Buffalo backs with three such games in a single season.
Tyrod Taylor was excellent under center, shaking his rough start in Cincinnati, going 20-for-33 with a touchdown pass, adding 53 yards on six rushes. This was his third game with at least 250 yards passing and 50 yards rushing since 2015, tied with Cam Newton for most in the NFL during that span.
Stats Wizard – Tyrod Taylor’s three career games with at least 250 yards passing and 50 yards rushing rank first in franchise history. In fact, his three are as many as every other Bills’ quarterback has combined.
Next week, the Bills host the Oakland Raiders, and will look to improve to 5-2, which would be their best start since 2008. More on this matchup to come later this week.