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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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By now you have probably given a lot of thought to the Bills' 26-16 victory over the Broncos. Here are some quick-hitters and numbers that may not have crossed your mind: The Bills have not allowed more than 16 points in any of their first three games. It is just the second time that has happened in team history. The other was the 1988 season in which they won the AFC…

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Bills vs. Broncos: 36 games all-time. Bills record: 19-16-1 (.542). First game: This was the Bills second-ever game and first-ever home game. The Bills managed more total offense than the Broncos — 279 total yards to 264 — but were handicapped by turnovers, six of them, all interceptions, five thrown by Tommy O’Connell and one by Bob Brodhead. Broncos' Goose Gonsouli…

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Earlier this week, we looked at the Buffalo Bills of the early 1960s. It featured several fun facts about a player who is quickly becoming a historical favorite of mine, Cookie Gilchrist. Here is more about Gilchrist, with some numbers sprinkled throughout. Gilchrist was signed by Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown out of high school for $5,000. Gilchrist accepted the…

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This week we have reeled off some numbers from the Panthers game and taken a look at the defense's impressive start for the Bills, so let's have a little fun today and step back into the 1960s for some quick-hitters: In 1960, Buffalo’s first pro football season — excluding the AAFC Buffalo Bills of 1947-49 — the Bills had what still stands as a franchise record: five …

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The Bills have not allowed more than a dozen points in either of their first two games — the first time they have accomplished that feat since 1988, and just the fifth time in franchise history. Beyond that, their 21 total points allowed is their lowest total through two weeks since 2003. (That included a 31-0 shutout of the Patriots, a game in which Tom Brady tied his …

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The Bills have not won a game in which they rushed for fewer than 100 yards since Oct. 26, 2014 — losing 11 straight since then. On Sunday, as they fell to the Panthers, 9-3, the Bills gained just 69 yards on the ground, of which, only 9 came via perennial Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy, who had 12 carries. McCoy’s 9 yards rushing represent his fourth-lowest total in any g…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, beginning with a free 2-week trial, visit BNBlitz.com. Bills vs. Panthers: Six games all time. Bills record: 5-1 (.833). First game: On Sept. 10, 1995, this was just the Panthers' second game — their first was a 23-20 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Bills won, …

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Jim Kelly had more wins for the Bills (101) than any Bills quarterback since has touchdown passes. The only quarterback in Bills franchise history with more touchdown passes than Kelly had wins is Joe Ferguson, who threw for 181 touchdowns. Kelly is the franchise leader with 237 TD passes. Ryan Fitzpatrick is third with 80. Tyrod Taylor rushed for 38 yards in the se…

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Let’s take a look at just how important a strong ground game is for the Bills, historically. On Monday, we touched on the Bills' performance during games in which LeSean McCoy, presently, and Thurman Thomas, historically, rushed for 100 yards or more. Specifically, how the Bills are 10-2 (.833) when McCoy rushes for at least 100 yards, and how they were a remarkable 43-…

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LeSean McCoy rushed for 110 yards in the Bills' season-opening 21-12 victory over the Jets, surpassing 9,000 yards for his career in just 118 career games. He is the 22nd player in history to rush for at least 9,000 yards through his first 118 games. Among that group of 22, his 4.72 yards per attempt rank fourth, behind Saints back Adrian Peterson (4.92), and Hall of F…

Bills vs. Jets: 112 games all-time. Bills record: 59-53-0 (.527). First game: This was also the Bills' first game, played Sept. 11, 1960. The Bills scored first, a field goal off the foot of Darrell Harper — who had just two field goals that season, the only of his career. That was all the Bills would get as the Jets — then called the Titans of New York — went on the…

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LeSean McCoy  is one of 31 players in NFL history with at least 8,000 yards rushing in his first eight seasons — among them, 14 are Pro Football Fall of Famers. McCoy's 4.72 yards per attempt rank fifth among the crew of 31, behind Hall of Famers Jim Brown (5.20), Barry Sanders (4.92) and former Bill O.J. Simpson (4.82). McCoy, who has 8,954 career rushing yards, also t…

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The Bills totaled 399 points last season, their most in a season since they scored 400 in 1998. The Bills had 10 games with at least 25 points — tying the franchise record, set in 1990, though they were just 5-5 in those games, whereas they finished 10-0 in 1990, en route to a loss in Super Bowl XXV. The Bills' pass defense was strong, allowing the fourth fewest …

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Tyrod Taylor is the latest drafted quarterback (sixth round, 180th overall) with at least 3,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing in a season—and he has done it twice. Taylor is the third quarterback in Bills history with consecutive seasons with at least a 60 percent completion percentage in back-to-back seasons—joining Ryan Fitzpatrick (2011-12) and Jim Kelly (1…