The Buffalo Bills just keep winning! No, that isn’t an unbelievable stat. It’s just a fact. The Bills are now 6-1 after they took apart Green Bay on Sunday night. Next up, they get back into divisional play when they head to New Jersey to take on the 5-3 Jets. Before things kick off at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, here are my five “would you believe me if I said…” stats from your AFC-leading Buffalo Bills.
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Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills have an amazing strength of schedule?
The Bills have beaten three division leaders this season in Kansas City, Baltimore, and Tennessee. The other seven division leaders have a combined two wins versus such opponents. Those wins came from the Eagles topping Minnesota and the Falcons knocking off Seattle. To take this a step further, two of Buffalo’s other wins came against the defending Super Bowl champion Las Angeles Rams and the two-time defending MVP in Aaron Rodgers and his Packers.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Stefon Diggs catches everything?
Ok, Stefon Diggs doesn’t literally catch everything thrown his way, but he, Cooper Kupp, and Tyler Lockett are in a three-horse race for the best catch percentage of wide receivers with over 50 targets. Entering Week 9, Kupp leads the group at 76.19%, Lockett just behind at 75.41%, and Diggs a catch away from him at 75.34%. One really good or bad game is all that separates these three wideouts from taking the top spot in catch percentage on the season. This will be another fun stat to track as the year progresses to see who is the league’s best pass catcher.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen isn’t human?
Whether you want to call him a cyborg, freak, tank, or alien, Joshua Patrick Allen keeps proving he isn’t the same species as you and me. Not only is he near the top of the NFL in all quarterback stats… with his arm, but he is also crushing it with his legs. You can go look up the boxscore stats, several of those are in his favor, same as the passing number, but what struck me was his Pro Football Focus (PFF) grade when it comes to rushing. Allen leads all QBs with a grade of 91.7. Here is the catch, he is second overall of all dudes that have rushed the ball. The only person currently graded higher is Raiders’ running back Josh Jacobs, who scores a 92.0.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Groot just wins, baby?
There are a lot of ways to measure the success of a pass rusher, but one I like that is starting to gain a little more credence is “pass rush win rate (or percentage),” and right now the Bills have one of the best in the business. Former first-round pick Gregory Rousseau is currently winning on his pass rushes at a rate of 23%, according to PFF.
That is third best among defensive players who line up for at least 50% of their teams’ snaps. The two guys ahead of him could end up in the Hall of Fame in the Browns Myles Garrett (27.4%) and the 49ers’ Nick Bosa (24.1%). If Groot can keep this kind of pressure up for a decade plus, he may see his head in Canton as well.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… maybe Josh Allen needs to be taller?
We all know Josh Allen doesn’t need to be taller. He stands 6’5″ and weighs 237lbs. That said, while I was looking for some random stats for this article, the fact that he leads the NFL in batted passes caught my eye. Entering week nine, the former Wyoming gun slinger has had 20 passes batted down. That’s two more than either Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers who aren’t exactly moving out of a pass rushers way these days. We know Allen has started to master different arm angles, and that leads to some passes getting smacked by an edge rusher or linebacker. Even so, I was still a little surprised that he’s tops in this category.