The Buffalo Bills bounced back from their Week 1 loss to the New York Jets with an emphatic 38-10 win over the Las Vegas Raiders in their home opener on Sunday. After an opening drive touchdown by Las Vegas, this game was all Buffalo, scoring touchdowns on five of seven drives, the other two being a field goal and a fourth-and-goal from the one incompletion. Before we turn the page to the Bills getting over .500 when they visit Washington next week, let’s look back at five “would you believe me if I said…” stats from your Bills’ home opener.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen had the best start of his career?
Entering Sunday, the best start to a game for Josh Allen was hitting 11 straight completions. He eclipsed that vs. the Raiders when he connected on his first 13 passes. Allen cooled off a little bit after that, finishing 31/37 for 274 yards and three touchdowns.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… The Bills run D was historically dominant?
The Bills held Raiders’ running back Josh Jacobs to an eye-popping -2 yards rushing on his nine carries, or roughly .2 yards per carry. According to Elias Sports, this is the first time since the 1970 merger a reigning NFL rushing champion finished a game with negative rushing yardage. The Bills’ run D has been much maligned, but not on Sunday.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Allen hates to lose and shows it?
The Bills improved to 19-5 after a loss in a game started by Allen. That means, at most, they have had five losing streaks during the entirety of the starting career for the Wyoming product.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… when Allen is good, he is really good?
Allen has five career games with three passing touchdowns while completing 80% or more of his passes. According to ESPN Stats and Info, that is the most for any QB before the age of 30. Allen, 27, has a few more games to add to that record.
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Would You Believe Me If I Said… Stefon Diggs is moving on up the record books?
Stefon Diggs’ 66 receiving yards on Sunday moved him to 4,357 for his career in Buffalo. That moved him into sixth-most all-time in Bills history. He passed Thurman Thomas’ 4,341 for the mark inside the top half dozen. Diggs is 281 yards away from entering the top five.