The Buffalo Bills locked up the number two seed in the AFC and, with that, at least one home-field game with their 35-23 win over the Patriots in Orchard Park Sunday. The Bills finish the season 13-3 and 4-2 in the division despite starting the year 0-2 against Miami and New York. Buffalo also ended the year on a seven-game winning streak dating back to week 11 (more on that below). The Bills now get ready for the playoffs and a third shot at Miami when they host the Dolphins Sunday at 1:00pm. Before we turn that page, here are a handful of “would you believe me if I said…” stats from your Buffalo Bills through 18 weeks of the 2022 season.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Damar Hamlin’s charity is now one of the highest-paid Bills?
It goes without saying, but it is amazing how much Bills fans, NFL fans, the sporting community, and honestly the world have rallied around Damar Hamlin as he continues to recover in Cincinnati. At the time of writing this post, his charity toy drive is up to over $8.5 million in donations. For fun, I looked up where that would rank compared to Bills’ salaries, and it would be the 12th highest in base salary. Not too shabby for a fundraiser that started with a modest goal of $2,500.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen continues to do things we’ve never seen before?
Josh Allen is on a trajectory where NFL history won’t be able to be written without him, and he’ll be the first and last chapter of the Bills’ history book when his time in the league is over. I’ll address the Bills aspect in the next section, but first, here is what he did again this year that no one else has done. Allen re-joined his own club with his 4,283 passing yards and 762 rushing yards. With those stats, Allen of 2022 joins Josh Allen of 2021 as the only quarterback in NFL history to have passed for over 4,000 yards and rushed for over 750 yards in an NFL regular season.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen continues to rewrite Bills’ history?
Now to the trajectory part of the above statement. Allen is already halfway to Jim Kelly’s franchise record of 35,467 passing yards, and he has done it in 40% of the career games. He is also over halfway to Kelly’s mark of 237 passing touchdowns, also in 40% of the games. The Wyoming product already ranks 11th in franchise history with 3,087 career rushing yards and has a realistic shot at finishing inside the top three by passing Fred Jackson’s 5,646 career yards on the ground.
Allen is already more than halfway to Thurman Thomas’ franchise rushing TD mark of 65. These trajectories have his stamping his name in several spots on the Bills’ all-time list. The former 7th overall pick is also erasing much of the single-season marks. He has the top two passing years, and if not for the lost game this year would have the top three. Allen finished just 76 yards behind Drew Bledsoe for third-most all-time. To be fair to Bledsoe, they both played 16 games.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills finished with the best* point differential?
Buffalo ended with an average point-per-game differential of +10.6, just beating out the 49ers who held down a solid +10.2. The asterisk in the headline is because when you take the entire season into account, SF beat out Buffalo by four points, +173 to +169, but as we are all aware, the Bills played one less game than everyone not named Cincinnati. But, for the sake of spinning these stats pro-Buffalo, I am going to go by average and declare them the winners. Aren’t numbers fun?
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the blizzard ignited the Bills?
A blizzard igniting a team? Yep! Since Buffalo was forced to move its game against the Browns from a home date to Detroit, they have won seven straight. Winning that game started a second half of the season where the Bills are undefeated. This streak, dating back to November 20th, also put to rest the idea that Buffalo can’t win close games as four of the seven have been decided by one score or less.
Bonus: Jordan Poyer is also perfect, as in the Bills went a perfect 12-0 in games that he started.