The Buffalo Bills had a nice bounce-back win on Sunday, topping the Browns in Detroit 31-23. The victory pushed Buffalo to 7-3 overall and back into a tie with Miami atop the AFC East. They also remain just one game off the pace of Kansas City for the top seed overall in the AFC.
This game was different than most for the Bills and leads to some fun “would you believe me if I said…” stats from your Buffalo Bills.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills didn’t ‘need’ Josh Allen?
Josh Allen was about as pedestrian as most of us can remember in Sunday’s win going for 197 passing yards and a touchdown while adding just seven more yards on the ground.
How rare as these small numbers, especially in a win? Glad you asked!
The 197 passing yards is his lowest outing since week 17 last year. In that game, Allen threw for 120 yards on just 11 completions in the 29-15 Bills win. Allen’s seven rushing yards is his fewest since week 10 last year, a 45-17 win over the Jets. Allen has only gone under 200 yards passing nine times in games he started and finished. The seven rushing yards are his 4th fewest in games he has started and finished.
Buffalo getting a gutsy win over Cleveland without their superhero is a good sign for the franchise.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills were COOKing with MOTOR oil?
Above, I explained how the Bills didn’t ‘need’ Josh Allen for the first time in a long time, and that was thanks in large part to running backs Devin Singletary and James Cook.
Motor put up a season-high 86 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Meanwhile, Cook also had 86 rushing yards on 11 attempts for 7.82 yards per carry. The 11 rushes tie a career-high for the rookie. The 186 rushing yards as a team isn’t that impressive, but two backs going over 85 yards apiece is a performance you can build on.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills took the Browns strength and made it a weakness?
You saw the game, so you know Browns’ running back Nick Chubb was inefficient on the ground, but the numbers tell an even more impressive story for the Bills’ defense.
Chubb’s 19 rushing yards are the second-fewest he has had since his rookie campaign. The 1.36 yards per attempt is the second-fewest he has mustered since the fourth game of his career. The loss saw Chubb score zero touchdowns for just the third time this season. The Bills took the Browns’ strength and made it a weakness on Sunday.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Ed Oliver’s advanced numbers were even better than the eye test?
My eyes loved what they saw from Ed Oliver in this win. I repeatedly talked about how good he looked in the Cover1 postgame show, but his advanced stats are even better. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), the Houston product had a run-stop percentage of 21.4% which is the third-best mark for the Bills this season. They were only topped by Oliver in week one and Jordan Phillips in week two. His three stops on the ground and four tackles for a loss also paced Buffalo in this game, despite registering just 14 snaps in run defense. PFF had Oliver second on the team in pressures only behind Von Miller. You could see how athletically gifted Oliver is in this game, showing why he was a five-star recruit and a top-10 pick.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Josh Allen should scramble more?
According to NFL’s SIS (Sports Information Solutions) data, the Bills QB has scrambled 16 times on either third or fourth down this season. All but one of those scrambles has turned into a first down, per NFLGSIS. That is a 93.75% success rate. These aren’t little gains either, Allen has gained 111 yards on those runs for an average of 6.9 (nice) yards per attempt. Five of those first down conversions were on third and nine or longer. That’s a lot of numbers to say JOSH ALLEN IS GOOD AT SCRAMBLING.