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Before the season, I pieced together a comprehensive comparison of Jordan Matthews and Sammy Watkins. In that study, I came to the conclusion that Matthews had been about 85 percent as good as Watkins in their three-year NFL careers leading up to the 2017 campaign. https://buffalonews.com/2017/09/07/jordan-matthews-sammy-watkins-comprehensive-comparison/?utm_campaign=pu…

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Stephen Hauschka put on a show in Week Three against the Broncos. His big day served as a reminder of how important the kicking game still is in today's NFL. The Buffalo Bills kicker won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Here's how Hauschka in 2017 stacks up against Carpenter a season ago through three games. Field goals (through three games) 2017 Hauschka: 5/6 …

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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…

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The Buffalo Bills face the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons on the road Sunday, the team's most difficult test thus far in the 2017 season. Buffalo's entire defensive unit will be challenged facing a club renowned for its explosive offense, but Atlanta also possesses some quality players on defense. Here's an advanced-stat preview that will help you understand …

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The Bills were hit with eight flags against the Broncos in Week Three. Four were on defense. Four were on offense. As a reminder, throughout the season, we will review all of the team's penalties from the previous game. Each penalty will be labeled based on its impact: Minimal Moderate Significant Let's examine all of Buffalo's penalties in their victory o…

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So far, Tre'Davious White has lived up the billing as a first-round pick who was a four-year starter at LSU for the Buffalo Bills. And he was tremendous in the victory over the Broncos. Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus. Trevor Siemian threw at him eight times, and completed four of those passes for 65 yards. White defended three passes and added an interception. …

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In Week Two against the Panthers, Tyrod Taylor had an Escapability Index of 0, as he was sacked twice and he "escaped" two of them. Because context and comparison are vital in analysis, monitoring how often Taylor gets sacked relative to how often I deemed he escaped one makes sense. Here's a quick refresher on the criteria for Escapability Index: Criteria Not eve…

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It's been two straight weeks of tough sledding for LeSean McCoy on the ground, but the Buffalo Bills running back has become an integral part of the team's passing game. Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus. McCoy is currently averaging 1.93 yards per route run (131 yards on 68 pass routes run), the 13th-best out of 41 running backs who've played at least 25 percent …

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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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Beyond run-game struggles, the Buffalo Bills put on a well-rounded performance in the victory over the Denver Broncos in Week Three. The defense and the passing game were on point. Leslie Frazier's unit has allowed just two touchdowns through three games. Tyrod Taylor was highly efficient as a passer, and even got Kaelin Clay and Nick O'Leary involved down the field.…

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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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Last week I introduced a metric called "One-Read-Then-Run," which tracks how many times Tyrod Taylor runs beyond the line of scrimmage after only checking his first read. Here's my thought behind the creation of this statistics: "Pertaining to Taylor's advancement as a passer, the fewer of these, the better. This metric won't be perfect, because we can't see Taylor's…

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Last week I introduced "Escapability Index," a statistic I'll be tracking for Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor this season. Because context and comparison are vital in analysis, monitoring how often Taylor gets sacked relative to how often I deemed he escaped one makes sense. Here's a quick refresher on the criteria for Escapability Index: Criteria Not every…

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Buffalo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka hasn't gotten much work through two games in the 2017 season, but we're sticking with our tracking project that compares his effectiveness to Dan Carpenter's last year. Field goals (through two games) 2017 Hauschka: 1/2 2016 Carpenter: 1/2 Last year in the second game of the season, Carpenter made a 39-yarder in the Bills loss …