It’s been a couple of days, and I still haven’t fully processed whatever that was we witnessed in London on Sunday morning. Set the brutal rash of injuries aside for a minute. The Bills were – in my eyes – the better team for huge chunks of that game. Anyway, all that matters is the final score, and that was a Buffalo loss 25-20 to Jacksonville. Before we turn the page on this five-point defeat, let’s look back at five “would you believe me if I said…” stats coming out of Week Five.
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Would You Believe Me If I Said… The Bills are catching everything?
After five weeks of football, Josh Allen has the highest completion percentage above expected, per NextGenStats. The analytics site has Allen at 7.9% above expected. Meaning Buffalo pass catchers are hauling in almost 8% more receptions than expected. This is a combination of Allen putting the ball on the money and his weapons making unexpected catches vs. their separation, distance of pass, and pass rushers. For more context, he is over 1% higher than second place Justin Herbert.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… The Bills are America’s team?
After Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars, the Bills are now 0-2 in London games. Add that to the struggle during the weird Toronto days (1-5 record), and the Bills are currently 1-7 when playing outside of the United States of America. I don’t need to break this down much further than to say Buffalo wins .125% of their games on foreign soil.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… there were no Cook(s) in the kitchen in London?
James Cook was off to a great start to the 2023 season. He rushed for 296 yards in the Bills first four games. That all came to a screeching halt on Sunday when Cook ran the ball five times for negative four yards. He had a long of five yards, meaning that on his other four carries, he was minus nine yards. YIKES!
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Stefon Diggs is already a Bills’ Wall of Famer?
With his 121 receiving yards against the Jaguars, Stefon Diggs now has 4,709 receiving yards for his Bills career. That is good enough for fifth all-time in franchise history. His touchdown put him to 34 with Buffalo, also good enough for fifth. Diggs is nine TDs behind third-place Lee Evans and 585 yards behind fourth-place Elbert Debenion. It’s not unthinkable that Diggs passes both of those guys this season.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Epenesa is starting to ball out?
AJ led the Bills in QB pressures, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF), with six. His two sacks were also the best on the team, tied with Leonard Floyd. He also led the Bills in hurries (four), batted balls (3), and forced fumbles (1). Going back to PFF, they gave Epenesa the second-best pass rush grade.