I have written this same exact intro six times now. I can do it in my sleep! The Buffalo Bills dropped another game by one score, where at several different points in the game, it felt like they had it won. Again, they lost heartbreakingly, this time 37-34 in the City of Brotherly Love in overtime to the Philadelphia Eagles. I’ll get into all of this much deeper in the coming segments, but the offense, once again, looked awesome under new offensive coordinator Joe Brady. The defense had moments, but when those moments counted the most, they shriveled up like an old man in the bathtub. This latest loss drops Buffalo to 6-6 on the year and needing a lot of help, aside from winning at minimum four of their last seven games, to even sniff the playoffs. I could vent forever, but you clicked this article to read some interesting and entertaining Bills stats, or you want more rage content, and I have that, too. Without further ado, let’s look back at five “would you believe me if I said…” stats coming out of Week 12’s loss.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Sean McDermott has a closing problem?
The Bills are 6-6 in the 2023 season. Those six losses have come by a total of 26 points. That’s an average of 4.3 points per game. As you can see in the graphic, the defeats came by six, five, four, six, two, and three points. I usually hate when someone says: “one play here or there, and we win that game.” In this case, the numbers tell you that one play in any of those six games could have changed the outcome. It’s insane that six plays on the season could have the Bills 12-0.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen can only play 60 minutes?
Let me start by saying that the headline above isn’t fair, but it got your attention, right? I also want to add that WINS ARE NOT A QB STAT!
Ok, now that I got those two things off my chest, let’s get into the stat.
After the overtime loss to the Eagles, the Bills are now 0-6 in overtime games with Josh Allen under center. That seems like it should be a statistical impossibility, but it is true. You can not pin Sunday evening on him. JA17 went 29/51 for 339 yards, with two touchdowns and a pick. He also added 81 yards and two touchdowns with his legs. Allen exited the field with the lead and watched his defense play matador as they waved a towel at Jalen Hurts while he walked in for the win.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Allen is a guaranteed touchdown-maker?
Allen has 33 games in his career where he passed for a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in the same game. According to the Bills, this is the second most all-time for a QB behind Cam Newton’s 45.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… James is Cook’ing?
James Cook didn’t have his greatest rushing game against the Eagles, going for just 43 yards. He did add six receptions for 57 through the air. Let’s keep our focus on the ground game. Through 12 games, Cook has 731 rushing yards, which is on pace of 1,035 yards for the season. If the second-year back can hit a four-digit rushing total, it would be the first time a Bills’ back did that since Shady in 2017 when he had 1,138. If Cook were to average 81.5 yards per game over the final five games of the year, he would eclipse that number.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills offense is humming under Joe Brady?
It’s a small sample size, just two games, but the Bills offense looks elite under new offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Let’s play a game where we extrapolate some of their numbers in those two games – against good defenses in the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles – versus the rest of the league.
Points per game: 33 – that would be first in the NFL
Yards per game: 449 – that would be first in the NFL
Passing yards per game: 297.5 – that would be first in the NFL
Rushing yards per game: 151.5 – that would be second in the NFL (Baltimore 158.6)