The Buffalo Bills finally won one of these “must-win” games that the media has labeled each of the last three weeks. This was a dominant 32-6 home over a division foe in the New York Jets. Buffalo was the better team in all three aspects of the game, something we haven’t been able to say much this year, and led to Sean McDermott constantly reminding us of the need for complementary football. The offense was in a rhythm under new offensive coordinator Joe Brady, the defense held an NFL team – albeit the Jets – to six points while forcing four turnovers from a group plagued by injury, and Tyler Bass was 4/4 in field goals. We’ll set punting to the side for the moment. Put this all together, and you have the Bills’ most complete showing of the year. Now, they need to keep this going as they prepare to visit Philly on Sunday, where they are currently a 3.5-point dog. Before we move ahead to the Bills traveling to the defending NFC champs, let’s look back at five “would you believe me if I said…” stats coming out of Week 11’s win.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen is the best QB ever (through six seasons)?
Josh Allen has 205 total touchdowns through his first six seasons. That is the most all-time, passing Patrick Mahomes, who had 204, and Dan Marino, who had 199. The craziest part about this stat is that those guys finished all six seasons (Mahomes, granted, played sparingly in his first year and did not score a touchdown), and Allen still has six games left to add to his growing legacy.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Khalil Shakir re-wrote some records?
Ok, that is a bit hyperbolic to make this sound better, but the Bills WR did leave his mark with his 81-yard touchdown. The 81 yards is the longest touchdown of the season for Buffalo and the longest touchdown allowed this season by the Jets.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills are back on the good side of toxic differential?
The Bills have been flirting with disaster when it comes to toxic differential (25+ yard plays + turnovers) lately, even squeaking out a win over the Giants, where they lost the metric by four. Flipping our attention back to Sunday, Buffalo won a toxic differential 8-1. That’s four takeaways and one giveaway coupled with four 25+ yard plays for and zero against.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Rasul Douglas trade is the greatest ever?
Ok, this might be a touch hyperbolic as well, but not only is he logging 100% of snaps since he arrived in Buffalo, but according to Bills PR, he became the first Bills’ player since 1998 to have a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery in the same game.
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Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills defense is stingy?
The Bills defense has not allowed a team to score over 30 points since the 33-30 overtime loss to the Vikings last season. That game was on November 13th, so they have gone over a year without allowing a team to eclipse 30 points. The Kansas City Chiefs are the only other team that can make this claim. KC hasn’t allowed a team to hit 30 since October 2nd of last year.