The Bills' special teams had a very good season. How good?
According to Rick Gosselin's highly regarded annual special teams rankings, the Bills were seventh in the NFL with 309.5 points. The Bills' one-year jump from No. 24 in 2016 to No. 7 was the largest in the league.
Teams are given points in 22 kicking categories – one for being the best in the league, 32 for being the worst, so the lower the score the better. The Rams were No. 1 this year with 196.5 points, the first team in the 14-year history of the rankings that a team had less than 200 points.
Here are the notable categories for the Bills from the rankings:
- Punt coverage: 5.5 yards average (fifth)
- Opponent punting: 43.6 yards average (third)
- Opponent net punting: 38 yards (fourth)
- Extra point percentage: 100 percent (six teams tied for first)
- Special teams points allowed: 0 (10 teams tied for first)
- Blocked kicks: 0 (eight teams tied for last)
- Opponent blocked kicks: 0 (nine teams tied with 0)
- Giveaways: 0 (13 teams tied for first)
The addition of Stephen Hauschka certainly helped as he was 29 of 33 on field goals and made a league-high seven kicks from 50 yards or more. Punter Colton Schmidt was in the top half of the league in punts inside the 20 with 28.