4.0 = Sacks on Thursday; First three-game streak with at least 4.0 sacks since 2014
For the third straight game, Buffalo recorded at least four sacks as their pass rush has come alive of late. Heading into Thursday’s game the Bills had moved all the way up to sixth in the league in sacks with 33. Now they’ve got 37 after taking down Dak Prescott four times on Thanksgiving.
Notching at least four sacks is three straight games hasn’t happened since 2014 when they last led the league in sacks with 54 that year. That year they had a five-game streak with at least four quarterback takedowns.
The big difference between the 2014 team and Buffalo’s defensive line now was star power. The 2014 club had perennial Pro Bowl players in Kyle Williams, Mario Williams and Marcel Dareus, who was at his peak at the time. Jerry Hughes was part of that group and had 10 sacks of his own.
The 2019 version is the antithesis of that, and that’s just fine by the current group of quarterback harassers.
“We’re built different,” said Shaq Lawson, whose half sack on Thursday gave him three straight games with a sack stat. “We grind different. We don’t have that standout star that everyone wants to praise. We’re in Orchard Park. Small area. We’re different man. We don’t need all that. We’ve got the team we’ve got and we all do our one-eleventh and we’re great.”
Helping on the current streak is Ed Oliver, who put his nose to the grindstone when he lost his starting job to Jordan Phillips. The results have been obvious.
His two sacks on Thursday, including on that forced a fumble that Trent Murphy recovered, now give him sacks in three consecutive games, marking only the second time in team history that a rookie has had a three-game sack streak. The only other player to do so was Wall of Famer Darryl Talley in 1983.
“He’s just getting his confidence up. That comes with making plays,” said Star Lotulelei. “His technique is getting better as well. He’s becoming a student of the game. He’s doing well all around, physically and mentally. He’s on fire right now and doing exactly what we need from him.”
5-1 = Buffalo’s best road record after six games since 1966
Somehow the Bills have become road warriors in their third season under Sean McDermott. Buffalo’s win on Thanksgiving now gives them a 5-1 record on the road in 2019.
That’s Buffalo’s best road record after six road contests since 1966. It’s also the first time the team accumulated five road wins since 1993.
The last time the Bills stacked up five wins on the road was in 1999 (5-3).
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Other numbers to know
882 – John Brown’s receiving yardage total gives him the most in team history after 12 games played.
3 at 400 – Josh Allen’s 43 rushing yards on Thursday now has his season total at 430. That gives the Bills three players with at least 400 yards rushing on the season joining Frank Gore (552) and Devin Singletary (553). Baltimore is the only other NFL club with three rushers with 400 yards or more.
26 – Number of consecutive points scored by the Bills after going down 7-0 on Thursday.
10 – Number of years since the Bills last had a non-quarterback throw a touchdown pass. John Brown’s 28-yard touchdown pass to Devin Singletary against Dallas was the first by a non-QB since Fred Jackson threw Lee Evans a touchdown pass against Tennessee on Nov. 15, 2009.
20 – Number of consecutive games in which P Corey Bojorquez has dropped at least one punt inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. 20 is also the number of career games that the second-year punter has played.
100% - The Bills have been 9-3 or better after 12 games just 11 times in their history. All 10 previous times they were 9-3 or better they reached the postseason.