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Bills lead the NFL in these 11 defensive categories + more numbers to know

Ed Oliver (91) Buffalo Bills vs Houston Texans at Highmark Stadium, October 3, 2021.   Photo by Bill Wippert
Ed Oliver (91) Buffalo Bills vs Houston Texans at Highmark Stadium, October 3, 2021. Photo by Bill Wippert

As much as the Bills offense has racked up the points the last three weeks (see second figure below), Buffalo defense has been even better. Through the first month of the season they've posted a pair of shutouts and they currently lead the league in 11 different defensive categories. Here's where the Bills 'D' is top of the league along with other numbers to know.

11 – The number of defensive categories in which the Bills lead the league. Among them are total yards allowed per game, total yards allowed per play, pass defense, first downs allowed, points allowed, interception percentage, point differential, yards per game differential, red zone defense and total takeaways. It has been a dominant first month of the season.

90 – Buffalo's point differential this season, which leads the NFL and is 35 points better than their next closest pursuer (Arizona, +55).

3 – The number of teams since 1972 that have posted two shutouts in their first four games. The other two besides the Bills are Washington (1991) and Baltimore (2000). Both of those teams won the Super Bowl.

+7 – The Bills are also tied for the league lead in turnover differential with Dallas and as mentioned above their 11 total takeaways is tops in the NFL.

118 – Buffalo's 118 points scored in its last three games (35, 43, 40) marks the second-highest scoring output in team history for such a span. It trails only their 142 points scored in the final three games of last season (48, 35, 56).

19 – The number of 100-plus passer rating games for Josh Allen in his career after his 103.8 posting vs. Houston. Buffalo is 18-1 when Allen has a passer rating of 100 or better.

153 – Stefon Diggs 153 receptions in his first 20 games with the Bills broke the NFL record for most catches for a player in their first 20 games with any team. The previous record was held by Denver's Lionel Taylor (151) from 1960-61.

3 – Buffalo has three straight games in which a player has posted a multi-touchdown game. In Week 2 it was Zack Moss. In Week 3 it was Emmanuel Sanders and in Week 4 it was Dawson Knox. The last time the Bills accomplished this was in the last three games of the 2020 regular season (Josh Allen at Denver, Stefon Diggs at New England & Isaiah McKenzie, Antonio Williams vs. Miami).

44 – Bills K Tyler Bass now leads the league in points with 44 on the season. He also leads the AFC with 19 touchbacks on kickoffs.

64% - Since 1990, NFL teams that get off to a 3-1 start qualify for the playoffs 64 percent of the time. They also win their division 37.7 percent of the time. 3-1 teams have won the Super Bowl 5.3 percent of the time. In Sean McDermott's five seasons as head coach, this is the fourth time they've started 3-1 or better.

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