Dominating an MVP candidate last week in Patrick Mahomes wasn’t enough; Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott’s defense returned a week later and put on an even better performance, with his starters holding the Dallas Cowboys to just three points before winning 31-10 with backups playing most of the fourth quarter. As good as the defense was, this one will go down as the James Cook game, and rightfully so. The second-year running back did damage to the Dallas defense all game and made a mark on the Bills’ record books. We’ll get to all that in the coming paragraphs. What matters most is the win moved Buffalo to 8-6 on the year, with a pair of very winnable games coming up next against the Chargers and Patriots. Before we fully move ahead to the game in Los Angeles, you clicked this piece for some entertaining stats. Without further ado, let’s look back at five “would you believe me if I said…” stats coming out of Week 15’s win.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… James Cook is an All-Pro under Joe Brady?
Four games is still a small sample size, but the numbers are becoming pretty incredible for Cook under Joe Brady’s playcalling. In those four games, Cook has 68 carries for 353 yards and a touchdown. It’s 16 catches for 211 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Extrapolated over a 17-game season, that is 289 carries for 1,500 yards with four touchdowns and 68 receptions for 897 yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. All told, you’re looking at almost 2,400 all-purpose yards with 17 touchdowns. We’re getting into numbers that would make prime LaDainian Tomlinson smile. If you don’t remember Prime LT… go spend the next hour on YouTube.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Cook had an all-time day?
You see how insane the numbers above are for Cook under Brady, but what about just the win over the Cowboys? His 25 carries were a career-high, the 179 rushing yards were a career-high, and the two total touchdowns were a career-high. According to Pro Football Reference, the most scrimmage yards for a Bills player is 268 by Thurman Thomas in 1991. Cook had 221 without the starters playing most of the fourth quarter.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen deserves a statue already?
We’ve talked a lot in this series about the ridiculous career numbers Josh Allen is already putting up, so let’s focus on what he added to last night. It was Allen’s tenth game this season with at least one passing and a rushing touchdown. That extends his record of games with both a passing and rushing TD. Allen also has a streak of 22 consecutive games with a passing touchdown, which is the longest active streak in the NFL.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills offense was a machine?
The Bills became the only team in the last 30 NFL seasons to have three touchdown drives of 11 or more plays that totaled 75+ yards in the first half, per OptaSTATS.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills’ defense was good, too?
The ten Cowboys’ points were the fewest they’ve scored all season. According to NFLon FOX, the 92 yards Dallas racked up through three quarters was their lowest total in 45 minutes of action since 2010. The Bills gave up a total of zero plays over 20 yards all game.
BONUS: Stefon Diggs became the first player in Bills’ history to go over 1,000 receiving yards in four straight seasons.