Bills Today: A big day for Taylor


1 - A big day for TaylorBills QB Tyrod Taylor was unaffected by all that he accomplished individually in Saturday's overtime game against the Dolphins because in the end Buffalo lost the game. But his performance against Miami was eye-opening in many respects.

Taylor passed for 329 yards on 26-39 passing for the first 300-yard passing day of his career. He also tied a career best with three passing touchdowns with one going to Sammy Watkins and the other two to Charles Clay, including the one that gave Buffalo the lead with 1:20 left in regulation.

Taylor also ran for 60 yards helping him to eclipse his own single-season rushing best last season of 569 yards. He now has 580 rushing yards this season.

The Bills quarterback was instrumental in helping the offense post the most productive day in franchise history in terms of total net yards. Their 589 yards of total offense broke the previous record of 582 yards set by the 1991 Bills in the season opener against Miami.

One final note on Taylor is his success against the Dolphins. He now has eight touchdown passes and zero interceptions in his last four games versus Miami.

2 - Bills go 300-by-100-by-100That productive offensive day gave the Bills their first 300-yard passer, 100-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in the same game for the first time in six years.

"We knew going into this game that we could take advantage of a lot of matchups, especially on the back end and we were able to do that," said Taylor. "We were able to make some of those explosive plays that we haven't made that much this year and I think it just shows when you have all your weapons on the field at one time how explosive we can be."

Taylor's aforementioned 329 passing yards were accompanied by Sammy Watkins' 154-receiving yards and LeSean McCoy's 128 rushing yards in the overtime loss Saturday.

 "We just started making plays. Running the ball, running the ball, taking shots," said McCoy. "The way that we're built. That's how we're built. We run the ball and get the looks that we get with the one high safety in man coverage. Anytime you get a guy one on one with Clay or Sammy you know the ending. So that's the way we're built. We run the ball and then take some shots."

The last time the Bills had that kind of production from three players was on Nov. 21st, 2010 against Cincinnati. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 316 yards, Stevie Johnson had 137 receiving yards and Fred Jackson had 116 rushing yards that day in a 49-31 win.

3 - Three by 500… againMcCoy's 100-yard rushing day was the seventh of the season for him making him the first Bills back to hit the century mark seven times in a season since Willis McGahee did it in 2004. But the more important rushing stat for the Bills was for the second straight season they have three players who have rushed for 500 yards or more.

McCoy is already at 1,257 rushing yards this season. Tyrod Taylor had already eclipsed the 500-yard mark a couple of weeks ago and now has 580. Mike Gillislee became the third part of the 500-rushing yard club Saturday when he went for 91 yards on just 11 carries.

Gillislee now has 537 rushing yards this season, giving the Bills a trio of 500-yard rushers in back-to-back years. Last season the trio was McCoy, Taylor and Karlos Williams.

Buffalo's 272 rushing yards Saturday was their third-highest total of the season and marked the fifth time they've eclipsed 200 yards this season. It's the highest total by a Bills team since 1989.

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