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8 numbers to know about the Bills from Week 8

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23-1: The Bills were up 7-6 at halftime on the Patriots. And while the lead may have been small, the result at the end of the game fit a dominant trend. Under head coach Sean McDermott, the Bills are now 23-1 when leading at halftime. In 2020, they're 5-0 when leading at the break.

81.3%: Since 1990, NFL teams that start the season 6-2 make the playoffs more than 80 percent of the time and win their division 53 percent of the time. The Bills were 6-2 after eight games last year and obviously qualified for the postseason.

80-plus: The Bills had two backs with over 80 rushing yards on Sunday. Devin Singletary (86 yds.) and Zack Moss (81) both eclipsed the 80-yard rushing mark against the Patriots making it the first time Buffalo had two rushers gain 80 rushing yards or more in the same game since Dec. 24th, 2016 vs. Mia., when LeSean McCoy had a team-high 128 and Mike Gillislee added 91.

66.6%: Buffalo's rush percentage in Sunday's win over the Patriots. Facing a lot of New England personnel groupings with seven defensive backs, the Bills chose to run the ball at a much higher rate than they had all season with 38 runs on 57 total plays from scrimmage. Buffalo's rush percentage for the season prior to Sunday's game was just 38.4 percent.

6-plus: Stefon Diggs had six receptions for 92 yards in Sunday's victory. The Bills top wideout now has six or more receptions in five straight games, becoming the second Bills player ever with streak of at least five games, joining Eric Moulds (six games in 2001-02).

6.51: The Bills offense currently ranks first in the AFC in average gain on first down as they roll up just over six and a half yards on the first play of a series. That figure also ranks third in the league behind only Minnesota (6.81) and this week's opponent Seattle (6.67)

18: Josh Allen's pass attempt total was the lowest single-game total of his career in a game that he started and finished. His previous low came in his rookie season when he attempted 19 passes in a Nov. 25, 2018 victory over Jacksonville.

51.6%: The Bills are again the league leaders in third down conversion rate. Though they only went 5-11 on third downs against the Patriots, it kept their season success rate in moving the chains at a level that moved them into the top spot for the fourth time in 2020.

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