The Buffalo Bills have won three-straight games after knocking off the New England Patriots 24-10 on Thursday. The win moves them to 9-3 and in second in the AFC with Sunday’s games still to be played. Buffalo now gets a much-needed 10-day mini-bye after winning three games away from Orchard Park in 12 days. Before we move ahead to their next matchup with the New York Jets on Sunday, December 11th, here are some fun “would you believe me if I said…” stats from your Buffalo Bills.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen is doing things we’ve never seen before?
Josh Allen now has 25 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns this season, the third such statistical season of his career. Allen also had those numbers in 2020 and 2021. According to NFL Research, Allen is the first player in league history with three seasons of 25 or more passing touchdowns to go with five or more rushing touchdowns in a career. The Bills’ signal-caller is only 26 and has been Buffalo’s best running back for a few years, so there is no reason he doesn’t make this accomplishment grow to four, five, or more seasons.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills are POfect with Jordan?
Safety Jordan Poyer has played in eight games this season, and the Bills are eight and zero when he suits up. Without the Oregon State product, Buffalo is just 1-3. We could stop there, but the numbers tell the same story. Despite missing a third of the games, Poyer leads the Bills with four interceptions. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), he has a plus coverage grade, tackling grade, and run defense grade in every game except for the matchup with the Packers. Poyer also passes the eye test. When he is healthy, you see him flying around the field and owning the role of coach on the field.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Buffalo has figured out its red zone issues?
When you have Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, and the Bills’ offensive weapons, you don’t expect the red zone to be a place the team struggles. Last season, Buffalo was the best in the league at scoring touchdowns in the red zone at a 66.28% clip. That number dropped to 56.52% this season, good or bad enough for 15th in the league. It looks like they’ve figured that out a bit over the last three games converting 66.67% of their red zone trips – the NFL’s best over that span. You don’t have to look far to see why they are having that success. Josh Allen has tossed five touchdowns to just one pick during the three-game winning streak. During the previous three games – in which Buffalo went 1-2 – Allen had two red zone touchdowns with four interceptions.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills were in full-on bend, but don’t break mode against New England?
Buffalo allowed just one play over 20 yards on Thursday – the early 48-yard passing touchdown to cornerback Marcus Jones. After that, the Bills allowed zero plays of 20 yards or more. That number is one many will use as a line of demarcation for “explosive plays.” Buffalo allowing one explosive play, with a defense that is as banged up as the Bills are, is a feather in their cap. To help put that into perspective, New England had plays of 40, 40, 37, 34, 26, 23, and 22 on Thanksgiving against the Vikings.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills are a perennial power?
The Bills joined the Chiefs, Eagles, and Vikings as the teams to have won nine games this season. The nine wins give Buffalo a fourth straight season of hitting that mark. There are only two franchises to reach at least nine wins over that span – the Bills and the Chiefs. In the last three seasons, Buffalo went 11-6, 13-3, and 10-6. They still need to turn it into playoff success, but not having to play the “in the hunt” game is a fantastic place to be as an organization.