The Buffalo Bills have put a winning streak together with back-to-back wins this week after they topped Detroit 28-25 on Thanksgiving. The victory pushed Buffalo to 8-3 overall, a half-game behind Kansas City and a half-game ahead of Miami atop the AFC East as we await both those squads to play their Week 12 games. Despite playing on Thursday, the Bills only get a week off before they play New England next Thursday. Before we move ahead, here are some fun “would you believe me if I said…” stats from your Buffalo Bills.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Ed Oliver is becoming a monster in the midway?
Oliver once again looked amazing in the Bills’ latest win, and his advanced stats are even better than the eye test. Pro Football Focus (PFF) graded Oliver with a 92.7 against the run with no other Bill earning a grade higher than 75. The former five-star recruit also led the team with four stops and five tackles on run defense. Overall, the defensive tackle notched six tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, and forced a safety. He has to be in the early discussion for Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… Isaiah McKenzie was the ‘other guy’ you’ve been waiting for?
Let’s be honest, the Bills have desperately needed someone to step up as a second option for Josh Allen behind Stefon Diggs. That guy was Isaiah McKenzie on Thanksgiving. Lil’ Dirty hauled in six of nine targets for team highs in yards (96) and yards per catch (16). He also tied Diggs with each bringing in one receiving touchdown. McKenzie also led the Bills in pass receiving grade from PFF at 73.6, all while leading the squad in snaps for a pass catcher and routes run.
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Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills are extra good when Josh Allen uses his arm and legs?
‘Duh!’ is probably your response to the above statement, but let me explain a little further. The Bills’ quarterback has 24 games where he has scored a touchdown on the ground and through the air. Buffalo has won 23 such games. That is a pretty solid win percentage of 95.8%. According to Pro Football Talk, the next best win percentage in such games is fellow Buffalo Bills’ quarterback, Jack Kemp, who was 21-1-1.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… the Bills can win one-score games?
The ‘Buffalo can’t win a one-score game narrative’ still exists with the national talking heads. It was just discussed again on ESPN Friday morning. So, after the Bills won back-to-back one-score games, I looked at how they have done in those games this season. The Bills are 4-3 in one-score games this year. Their record in one-score games would lead the NFC South (Tampa Bay is 5-5) and is only a half-game out of the AFC Wild Card (Jets 6-4). Those one-score wins this season have also come against good teams. The AFC-leading Chiefs were topped in a one-score game. Baltimore is currently the best in the AFC North and lost to Buffalo in a one-score game. Finally, the last two one-score wins came during this weird week where they played back-to-back games in Detroit, and the Lions had a three-game winning streak going.
Would You Believe Me If I Said… there will be no more AJ Klein slander?
The Bills were desperate for help at linebacker, and they found help in the form of old friend AJ Klein who they claimed after he was waived by the Chicago Bears a week ago. Klein had played 18 snaps this season for the Baltimore Ravens before he joined the Bills. All he did Thursday was play all 71 snaps. You read that right. He came in and played every darn defensive snap for Buffalo. The linebacker was also second on the team in tackles with six. Was he as good as Tremaine Edmunds? No. Was he their second most effective linebacker after Matt Milano? It’s not unfair to say yes. Was he needed desperately by this team? Absolutely!