The definition of win is ” to be successful or victorious in (a contest or conflict). The Buffalo Bills did that in a 24-22 road win at the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night. No, it wasn’t pretty, but this isn’t Florida State arguing with a playoff committee. All that matters in the NFL is whether or not you won, and the Bills moved to 9-6 on the season with their latest victory. This dub moved Buffalo off the “in the hunt” line to the top-seven playoff picture. It also keeps them within striking distance of the Miami Dolphins as the Bills try to win a fourth-straight AFC East championship. Without further ado, let’s look back at five “would you believe me if I said…” stats coming out of Week 16’s win.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills’ defense has been the definition of bend but don’t break?
If you’ve followed my or anyone from Cover 1’s work, you’ve probably heard the term “toxic differential.” For me, that is any play allowed of 25+ yards or a turnover. The Bills have eliminated plays of 25+ yards in their last two games. Against the Cowboys, a 20-yard play was the longest allowed by the Buffalo defense. Moving back to the Chargers, the longest play was a 23-yarder. The defense stopping their opponent from deep strikes is a huge advantage as the post-season draws near.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen is pushing toward an insane record?
Josh Allen is playing in his sixth NFL season, yet with two rushing touchdowns this week, he has 51 career rushing touchdowns. If that number doesn’t pop off the screen at you, despite Allen playing the quarterback position, understand that he’s 14 rushing TDs behind NFL Hall-of-Famer Thurman Thomas for the most all-time in Bills’ history.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen is doing things we’ve never seen before?
Allen hit the 40-touchdown mark for the season with his trio of scores against LAC. The Bills’ signal-caller has hit 40+ TDs in four straight seasons, the most ever in the NFL. The craziest thing about this fact is that he is playing like someone who could do this four, five, six, etc. more times.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen is doing things we’ve never seen before (again)?
Allen’s rushing and passing touchdowns Saturday are the 11th time he has managed such a feat. Those 11 times are also an NFL record. A lot of anti-Bills fans rush to diminish what Allen is doing on the ground, but that is envy over the Buffalo QB having stronger rushing numbers than many of their running backs.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Bills pass catchers are getting open?
The below chart from NextGenStats is eye-popping. It shows how much separation Allen’s targets are creating on routes where he targets them. Get open and get the ball!