5 unbelievable stats from Bills’ Week 17 win vs. Patriots


The Buffalo Bills have been playing virtual playoff games for the last four weeks, and in those games, they are 4-0. Has it always been pretty? NO! Do all the wins count the same because this isn’t a committee that can leave an undefeated team out of the playoffs? YES! With those wins, the latest a 27-21 home win over the New England Patriots, Buffalo now sits at 10-6 on the season and can claim the AFC East for a fourth straight season with a win at Miami on Sunday. We’ll worry about that matchup in the coming days, but let’s take one more look in the rearview with my latest five “would you believe me if I said…” stats coming out of Week 17’s win.

Would You Believe Me If I Said… despite a couple down passing games, Josh Allen is still elite?

Josh Allen hasn’t had his best passing stats in the last three games, just ask Miami Dolphins fans. Over the last three weeks, he’s thrown for 500 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Not the best numbers he’s put up over a three-week span. During that time, he has also RUN FOR FIVE TOUCHDOWNS! With those five TDs on the ground, Allen has 53 rushing touchdowns. That is good enough for third all-time in Bills’ history, just 12 behind Thurman Thomas for the most ever. When you couple the passing stats with the rushing stats, you get a player who is darn near impossible to stop. It’s why he’s first in “Value vs. Average Starter,” created by nfeloapp.com. If you’re a baseball fan, think of WAR (wins above replacement). Entering Week 18, Allen has a value vs average starter of 3.6, which is .4 points better than the assumed MVP in Lamar Jackson.

Would You Believe Me If I Said… Brandon Beane owes Green Bay an apology?

The Bills’ general manager getting an All-Pro-level-playing cornerback and a fifth-round pick for a third is highway robbery. In his eight games with the Bills, Rasul Douglas has four interceptions – one returned for a touchdown, two fumble recoveries, 29 tackles, a sack, and a passer rating against of 44.5. If he had done that for 17 games with the Bills, Douglas would be getting consideration as an All-Pro this season.

Would You Believe Me If I Said… you need to relax on thinking Dalton Kincaid has underachieved?

Dalton Kincaid has 66 receptions so far this season. That is the fifth most EVER by a rookie tight end. It’s not crazy to think that he could finish with the third most ever, needing eight catches to tie Jeremy Shockey with 74. His 66 grabs are also a new Bills’ rookie record for the position. Yes, Sam LaPorta has been great in an offense that features the tight end significantly more, but if you are upset with Kincaid not living up to the hype, that’s your problem.

Would You Believe Me If I Said… Stefon Diggs is the greatest pass catcher ever?

Okay, that’s hyperbole, but Stefon Diggs is the youngest player to ever record 800 career receptions at the age of 30 years, 32 days. In his time with the Bills, Diggs has gone over 1,000 yards receiving in all four years. He’s had at least eight touchdowns each season and gone over 100 catches each year.

Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills’ offensive line is their rock?

It’s been a minute since we have been able to brag about the Bills offensive line, but the unit has been magnificent this season. As you can see from the Pro Football Reference image below, the same five Bills’ offensive linemen have played damn near every snap, with rookie second-round pick O’Cyrus Torrence taking all 1,086 offensive snaps this season. It’s not just being available that makes this group great, either. According to ESPN, they are the sixth-best pass-blocking team, with a win rate of 64%. They are also in the top ten in run block win rate at 72%. Seeing these five monsters in front of Allen each play has become a major blessing for the Bills.

Bonus: The Bills are one of three teams in the NFL with a current winning streak of four or more games. The other two teams are the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Brown.