The Buffalo Bills’ season started with a wet fart of a performance from their franchise quarterback, who gifted the New York Jets a 22-16 overtime win. Buffalo is now 0-1 on the season with a division loss to the Jets. Lucky for them, their rivals – Chiefs and Bengals – also lost Week 1, so the hill to climb isn’t as big as it could be. Before we turn the page to the home opener against Las Vegas, let’s look back at five “would you believe me if I said…” stats from your Bills’ season opener.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… The Bills played their rookies?
Bills Mafia has been very vocal about their feelings about Buffalo’s use of rookies. Many would like to see head coach Sean McDermott play them far more than he has which certainly was the case against the Jets. First-round pick Dalton Kincaid was in for 80% of the snaps (55). The Utah product caught all four of his targets for 26 yards. Second-round pick O’Cyrus Torrence took all 69 of the Bills snaps. If you do quick math, that is 100% of the plays.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen is bad in overtime?
The Bills are 0-5 in overtime games started by Josh Allen. We could end this segment of the article with just that stat. Since Allen was named the starter in 2018, the Bills are only one of six teams to NOT win an overtime game. What might be the worst part is how Allen loses games in extra time. There were the four turnovers versus the Jets. He had the weird fumble versus the Vikings. There was an overtime loss in the playoffs against the Chiefs… ok, I’ll stop picking this scab now.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills racked up many devastating plays?
Josh Allen’s four turnovers were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to huge plays that damaged the Bills’ chances to win. They allowed five plays of 20+ yards, including the 83-yard Breece Hall run that swung momentum from Buffalo back to New York.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… The Bills lived in the backfield?
The Bills totaled three sacks against the Jets on Monday. That stat doesn’t tell the whole truth about how often they were in the backfield. According to Next Gen Stats, the league average for “average separation from QB” (which is how far players were from the QB at the time of the pass) was 4.57 yards. DaQuan Jones’ average was 2.81 yards, Floyd’s was 3.29 yards, Rousseau’s was 3.54 yards, and Oliver’s was 3.76 yards.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Allen + Diggs = improbable completion?
Josh Allen connected with Stefon Diggs 10 times for 102 yards and a touchdown on Monday. Two of those completions were considered in the top 20 most “improbably completion,” Next Gen Stats. According to the analytics website, they hit on a play with a 30.1% chance of success and one with a 35.3% chance.