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Ryan M. Spaeder

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. Semper fidelis.


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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…

Bills

Bills vs. Buccaneers: Ten games all-time. Bills record: 3-7 (.300). First game: On Sept. 26, 1976, the Bills topped the Bucs 14-9. O.J. Simpson had just 39 yard rushing on 20 carries, but Joe Ferguson was 12-for-22 with 188 yards passing and two touchdowns. This was just the third game in Tampa Bay’s franchise history, and their third loss, en route to losing their f…

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With no game to look back on from this past Sunday and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers matchup still four days away, let’s pick up where we left off before the bye week, and continue our numbers dive into random Bills stats, facts, numbers and trivia throughout franchise history and into the 2017 season. Doug Flutie rushed for 476 yards in 1999. He turned 37 years old on Oct…

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Oct. 17, 1965 – The Bills entered the day with a 4-1 record, set to take on the Chiefs at Kansas City Municipal Stadium. This contest, unlike the other nostalgic game pieces I have written, such as their 38-31 victory over the Baltimore Colts on Oct. 12, 1975, did not feature a dominant, high-powered offense. Instead, it was emphasized by a strong, gritty defensive perf…

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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…

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Oct. 12, 1975 – Buffalo entered the day with a 3-0 record on the year. Things were looking up as they were leading the National Football League in scoring with 110 points for, and were second in total offense, 66 yards in trail of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with 1,231 total yards. They had won each of their first three games easily with a 42-14 victory over the New York J…

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In September, we took a look at some interesting Bills’ numbers from the 1960s – one for each season – that one will not just find on the back of a Topps football card, doing so in two parts: 1960-65, highlighted by Billy Atkins’ 1961 season in which he had double-digit interceptions and managed a 39-yard field goal and a 56-yard rushing touchdown. And from 1966-69, emphas…

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Week Five saw the Bills fall victim to a fourth-quarter comeback by Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals and after what was a rather promising first month, Buffalo finds themselves with a 3-2 record for the fourth straight season. Buffalo’s pass defense, though allowing their first 300-yard passing game since Week Two of 2016, was still strong with their fourth multi-…

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Bills vs. Bengals: 28 games all-time. Bills record: 16-12 (.571). First game: On Sept. 22, 1968, the Cincinnati Bengals bested the Bills in their first ever head-to-head matchup, 34-23. Their defense was much better than 34 points allowed might indicate, as they allowed just 201 yards of total offense —nearly 40 percent of which came on an 80-yard touchdown run by Wa…

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Oct. 5, 1975 – The Bills entered the day with a 2-0 record on the year. They were second in football in scoring with 72 points, second in total offense with 795 yards – just one fewer than the leading Pittsburgh Steelers – and led the NFL with 619 rushing yards and just one giveaway. Buffalo was coming off consecutive 300-yard rushing games, becoming the first team to d…

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On Sunday, the Bills managed a thrilling 23-17 upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons. They are now 3-1 on the season and in sole possession of the first place in the AFC East Division. Tyrod Taylor is off to a hot start with a 100.7 passer rating, coupling that with his 104.4 rating through four games in 2015, he joins Jim Kelly (3) and Joe Ferguson (4) as the only Bil…

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Bills vs. Falcons: 11 games all-time. Bills record: 4-7 (.364). First game: On Dec. 2, 1973, the Bills visited Atlanta Stadium to square off against the Falcons. They won 17-6 despite Joe Ferguson going just 7-for-12 with 95 yards passing, zero touchdowns, one interception and a 49.0 passer rating. The defense, forcing three turnovers, and rush offense — O.J. Simpson…

Sept. 29, 1968 – The Bills entered the day with a 0-3 record on the year, already with a -62 point differential for the season—just 36 points for to 98 points allowed. They ranked last in football with 597 yards total offense and they were slated to play Joe Namath—who, to this point in the season, had a 96.1 passer rating, at a time when league average was just 63.7—and t…

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Last week, we looked at some quick-hitting, fun numbers from the early 1960s Bills. Let’s pick up where we left off and relive the Buffalo’s early history, vicariously, through some early Bills and their stats to round out the 1960s: The Bills lost the 1966 AFL Championship Game — played Jan. 1, 1967 — to the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-7. Buffalo’s starting quarterback, J…

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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 perce…