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6 numbers to know about the Bills from Week 5

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58% - Buffalo's third down conversion rate

Thus far this season the Bills offense has done a marvelous job of moving the sticks on third down. Going into their Week 5 matchup, Buffalo was already converting their third downs more than half the time (51.1%).

On Tuesday the Bills offense took it up a notch converting 13 of their 17 third down chances against the Titans. The conversion rate of 76 percent was the third-highest single-game conversion rate in team history.

The only games in which Buffalo's third down conversion rate was better both came in 1991. Against the Colts on the same date of Oct. 13th (86%) and the Dolphins in the season opener (82%).

That gaudy single-game figure has lifted Buffalo's third-down conversion rate this season to 58 percent, which leads the league. The only other NFL teams above 50 percent are the Raiders (52.3%), the Chiefs (51.5%) and the Packers (51.1%).

51% - Buffalo's third down conversion rate allowed

The Bills defense has had a tough time getting off the field on third down this season. Evidence of that has come in the third down conversion rate of their opponents. Coming into Tuesday's game they were surrendering conversions at a rate of 49 percent. After Tennessee's offense converted six of their 10 third down opportunities against the Bills in Week 5, Buffalo is now giving up conversions more than half the time. Their rate of 51 percent conversion for their opponents ranks 30th in the NFL.

"We've got to find a way to get off the field on third downs," said Jerry Hughes. "That way we can give our offense the football with good field position so they're not having to drive the full length of the field. We've just got to answer the bell a lot better on defense and just help our team out. I think that's just our biggest concern right now is to figure out a way to get off the field on third down."

101.8 – Stefon Diggs receiving yards per game average

After posting his third 100-yard receiving game of the season on Tuesday in Tennessee, Stefon Diggs has raised his receiving yards per game average a full yard from 100.8 to 101.8.

If Diggs can some maintain this pace, he'll blow the team record out of the water.

  • 2020 - Stefon Diggs, 101.8 (after five games)
  • 1998 - Eric Moulds, 85.5
  • 2000 - Eric Moulds, 82.7
  • 1989 - Andre Reed, 82.0
  • 1994 - Andre Reed, 81.4

14 – Josh Allen's passing touchdown total

Buffalo's quarterback matched a team record on Tuesday. His two touchdown passes in the loss at Tennessee gave him a total of 14 through the season's first five games, which ties him with  Jim Kelly's 1991 club-record of 14 TD passes in first 5 games of a season.

92.3% - Bills are effective in the red zone

Buffalo's offense has been very effective of late when it comes to reaching the end zone once their get inside their opponent's 20-yard line. On Tuesday they were successful scoring touchdowns on each of their two red zone trips.

That now makes them successful on 12 of their last 13 drives into their opponent's red zone, good for a success rate of better than 92 percent.

That efficiency has helped to move them up to eighth in the league in red zone touchdown success rate (71.4%).

76% - A team's playoff odds with a 4-1 start

Now 4-1 on the season, the Bills odds of making the playoffs based on the number of NFL clubs since 1990 who reached the postseason after a 4-1 start is 76 percent (114/150). Fifty-one percent of those teams went on to win their division (77/150).

Scroll through to see photos of all the action as the Bills take on the Titans at Nissan Stadium, presented by Imagine Staffing.

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