The Buffalo Bills are off to a 2-0 start on the season and have stuffed the stat sheet to this point. Even with the amazing box scores, Buffalo has some entertaining underlying numbers that you might be able to store in your pocket and ask a friend: “would you believe me if I said…” Greg Vorse has a brand new series where he shares five stats that fit that bill.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Geno Smith currently leads the NFL in completion percentage?
You may be asking yourself: “What does this have to do with Josh Allen?” The answer is that Buffalo’s signal-caller is currently second in completion percentage, trailing the Seahawks QB. Smith currently paces the league at 81-percent, while Allen leads the AFC at 75.4-percent. That is the only meaningful stat where Allen trails Smith, as he has 111 more yards per game, five more touchdowns, five more completions, and a QB rating 24.6 points higher.
Would You Believe Me If I said… the Bills lead the league in games played (688) by players a given franchise drafted since 2017?
Meaning of the 32 teams in the NFL, Buffalo has seen more action from its own selections than any other organization. You probably would believe this one since it is straight stolen off of the Monday Night Football broadcast, but it definitely had me adding to the praise list for Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott. You expect a team to get a high number of snaps from their top selections each year, Tre White, Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds, Ed Oliver, Gregory Rousseau, etc, but it is what they have done in the fourth round, or later that is most impressive. Some of their Day 3 selections include Matt Milano, Siran Neal, Taron Johnson, Gabe Davis, and Dane Jackson, just to name a few.
ESPN ran the stat last night about Bills getting more snaps out of their draft picks than anyone else
Thinking about players who positively impacted the last 2 game yesterday from just the last two drafts
— SportsRoc (@SportsRoc2) September 20, 2022
Would You Believe Me If I said... wide receiver Jake Kumerow led all non-linemen in Bills offensive snaps vs. the Titans?
Aaron Rodgers’ favorite player had 53 snaps or 78% of Buffalo plays on Monday, topping Josh Allen’s 52 snaps for the highest on the offense. The next closest WR on the team was Stefon Diggs’ 45 snaps. Kumerow played pretty well during this opportunity with Gabe Davis out, bringing in two of his three targets for 50 yards. This should end any discussion about keeping him on the 53-man over Isaiah Hodgins for the foreseeable future.
— Greg Vorse TV (@GregVorse) September 20, 2022
Would You Believe Me If I said… Tremaine Edmunds has the Bills’ second-highest coverage grade through two weeks, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF).
Edmunds’ coverage grade of 76.4 trails only fellow linebacker Matt Milano’s 90.8. That pick-six from Milano goes a long way and is why he is the second-highest-graded LB in all of football. Back to Edmunds, the former first-round pick is second on the team in reception percentage allowed (of guys who covered more than one route) at just 58.3% of catches allowed. According to PFF, he has also covered a route on 96.1% of the passing snaps the Bills have faced, so this isn’t some small sample size stat.
Would You Believe Me If I said… the Bills decided it wasn’t worth running in the second and third quarters?
From the snap with 4:33 remaining in the half (Allen to Dawson Knox for 15 yards) to 6:46 of the third (Zack Moss ran for 17 yards), the Bills attempted 21 straight pass plays. Please don’t fight me about a Josh Allen sack – you’re missing the fun here. It makes sense that they kept throwing the ball the signal caller was 26/38 for 317 yards and four touchdowns in LESS THAN THREE FULL QUARTERS OF ACTION.
If you found any “would you believe me if I said…” stats that you want to share, please feel free to DM me @GregVorse on Twitter.