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Bills Today: Buffalo's starting safety duo leads NFL in INTs


1 - Buffalo’s starting safety duo leads NFL in INTs
It’s an impressive feat when any safety duo leads the NFL in interceptions, but it’s additionally impressive when it’s that duo’s first year playing together. That’s exactly what Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde have done this season.

The two safeties each signed with the Bills as unrestricted free agents in March. Nine months later, Hyde and Poyer lead all safety duos in the league with a combined nine INTs.

“I don’t know if we expected to be leading, but we did have a goal for both us to have 11 or 12 by the end of the season, which is a lot of interceptions,” said Poyer. “But at the same time, I feel like we both have really good ball skills.”

Hyde and Poyer have each tallied career years, setting career highs in a number of areas.

For Hyde, his 75 tackles, 12 passes defended, and five INTs are all season highs in his five-year career.

For Poyer, his 93 tackles, 12 passes defended, and four INTs are the best marks during his five-year career.

Buffalo’s secondary as a whole has performed at a high level this season. They’ve only allowed 13 passing touchdowns all season, which is tied with Minnesota for the fewest allowed in the league. The disruptive duo in the back end is a big reason for that.

“We both feed off of each other's energy levels. When one of us makes a play, the other one wants to make the next play. We’re almost competing with ourselves, we’re not looking at the rest of the league,” said Poyer. “We believe in our room that we are the best safety duo in the league. Everybody else is going to say otherwise, but between him and I, we believe that’s us.”

2 - Bills eyeing another season sweep on Sunday
For the Bills, a win on Sunday would go a long way for a variety of reasons. With a ‘W’, the team would sweep their season series with the Dolphins for the third time in five years.

“I didn’t know that stat. That’s pretty cool, because they’re a good team. A great organization,” said rookie receiver Zay Jones. “Obviously, everyone knows it; divisional games add a little more something to the schedule. Playing teams twice and everything.”

Buffalo swept Miami in both 2013 and 2015. The team’s on the verge of breaking out the brooms again in 2017. The recipe for success during that stretch has been the lack of giveaways. The Bills haven’t had a single giveaway in seven-straight games against the Dolphins. That’s the most consecutive games with zero turnovers since 1950.

Though a season sweep is nice, that’s not the message this weekend. They simply want to win, get help, and make the playoffs.

“For us, this one is especially important,” said defensive end Eddie Yarbrough. “We have to go down there, get this big win, and it’s a game with a lot of stuff riding on it.” 

3 - Why players love the throwback uniforms
This Sunday, the Bills will be breaking out their beloved throwback uniforms. Buffalo’s players shared their thoughts on the old-school unis.

“I like them. Especially the standing Buffalo,” said Zay Jones. “I love that look. That all-white, retro look is one of my favorites.”

This is the team’s second time wearing these jerseys this season. Though, it’s the first time wearing them on the road. Buffalo wore them at home in Week Eight against Oakland. In that game, the team soared to a 20-point victory, which is their largest victory of the season.

The Bills will be back in their throwbacks for Week 17. Hopefully they’ll have a similar result from earlier in the season.

“I like it a lot. I like the throwbacks,” said Yarbrough. “Especially with the all white, that’s our favorite. At least it’s my personal favorite.”

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