The Buffalo Bills played their second preseason game at Pittsburgh last Saturday. It was a mostly lifeless 25-17 loss to the Steelers. The positives were that Josh Allen is still awesome, rookie O’Cryus Torrence appears to have won the RG job, and Gabe Davis and Dalton Kincaid showed they’ll be weapons in the passing game. After that, not much to brag about. Regardless, here are five “would you believe me if I said…” stats from your Bills’ penultimate preseason game.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… The Bills rarely lose in the preseason of late?
Counting this loss in the Steel City, Buffalo is now 10-2 in preseason games since the start of the 2019 season. Its only other loss during that time was a 21-0 defeat at Carolina last season.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Kyle Allen is back as QB2?
Last week I wrote about Matt Barkley being nearly flawless in the win over Indianapolis. He was awful this week, going 7/12 with four turnovers. On the other hand, K. Allen was 12 of 15 for 112 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 120.0. Pro Football Focus gave him an offensive grade of 81.1. Just when we thought the momentum may have swung to Barkley being QB2, it appears that was a one-week flash in the pan. On top of that, Barkley was injured in the loss.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Andy Isabella is proving himself?
Free agent wide receiver signee Andy Isabella has become a fan favorite over the last few weeks. That said, when you aren’t one of the top four WRs on the roster, you must play special teams in Buffalo. We went through this fan drama last year when the Bills kept Jake Kumerow over Isaiah Hodgins because of his special team’s prowess. Isabella played five snaps on special teams Saturday and by all accounts held his own. He should have one more chance to prove himself when they visit Chicago Saturday.
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Would You Believe Me If I Said… Buffalo is showing a propensity to throw right?
It’s just two preseason games, but the Bills have an apparent desire to throw the ball to the right. According to NFL game statistics and information, Buffalo has thrown the ball 30 times to the right and 37 times to the left or over the middle. Conversely, the defense has seen 25 passes to the left and 26 to the right, and over the middle.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Buffalo once again played everyone?
Sean McDermott gave just about everyone a chance on Saturday as 83 guys took a snap, per NFL statistics and information. Of those 83, 49 of them saw at least 25% of snaps. Taking an even closer look, 15 different players saw at least one target. 36 guys notched at least one tackle for the defense or special teams.