5 unbelievable stats from Bills’ Week 8 win over the Buccaneers


The Buffalo Bills get to settle in and watch some football with the rest of us on this glorious Western New York fall Sunday after taking care of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, 24-18. The win moves Buffalo to 5-3 on the season and keeps it nipping at the heels of Miami for first in the AFC East. The victory also quiets some fans who were very vocal about the performance against the Patriots, and rightfully so. Before we turn the page to the Bills getting a mini-bye week, let’s look back at five “would you believe me if I said…” stats coming out of Week 8’s win.

Would You Believe Me If I Said… Gabe Davis is a slot receiver?

Ok, so Gabriel Davis isn’t actually a slot receiver for the Bills now, but his 16 snaps out of the slot on Thursday were the most he has taken there this season. The 16 plays out of the slot are the most for the UCF product since Week 1 of 2021, where he took an astounding 31 snaps from the slot. Turning our attention back to Thursday, Davis had his best game of the season, bringing in nine of 12 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Would You Believe Me If I Said… Ed Oliver is having a career year?

The former first-round pick has already tied his career-high in sacks with five. Through just seven games, he already has a career-high in stuffs with 11. He is on pace for 63 tackles, which would smash his career-high of 43. Oliver’s five hits, 11 hurries, and 16 stops are also on pace to be career-best, per ProFootballFocus.

Would You Believe Me If I Said… Dalton Kincaid is always open?

Bills’ rookie pass-catcher Dalton Kincaid is tied for the seventh most ‘separation,’ per Next Gen Stats. He is getting open by an average of 3.9 yards per route run. That number is tied with Travis Kelce. That number is even more impressive when you learn that his average ‘cushion’ or space between his defender at the time of the snap is 5.7 yards. That is over a full yard less than Kelce.

Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen is a touchdown machine?

At the time of writing this, Josh Allen leads the NFL in passing touchdowns with 17. He is also second among QBs with five rushing touchdowns. He’s tied with Lamar Jackson and one behind the tush of Jalen Hurts. The five rushing TDs are tied for the eighth most in the entire NFL. Where Allen separates himself is that Jackson has eight passing touchdowns, and Hurts has nine. 

Would You Believe Me If I Said… Allen went back to running the ball?

There was a four-week stretch where it seemed Ken Dorsey and the Bills had taken Allen’s ability to run away from him. Was it because he is more dinged than we know? Was it trying to preserve him? Did he simply not wanna run? Whatever the reason was, Allen was back to running a bit more in the win over Tampa. He had a long run of 13 yards, his longest since the Week 3 win over Washington. Allen’s 41 rushing yards was his second most of the season, also behind the game vs. the Commanders. The one rushing touchdown tied a season-best as well. The seven rushing attempts also tied a season-high. Are you starting to see a trend?