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Bills Today: Quick facts to know about Buffalo's 3-0 record


1. Quick facts about Buffalo's' 3-0 record

The Buffalo Bills are undefeated through three weeks for the first time since 2011. Sunday's win marked the second time in three years the Bills have won their home opener.

"It reinforces that we're doing the right things," head coach Sean McDermott said. "We have a certain standard in our building that we hold ourselves to and that's all it says at this point. We have to continue to grow, continue to get better and to hold each other accountable. That starts with me. We've got some injuries and the next guy has to step up and use it as an opportunity to show us what he's got. We've got to work through that this week."

Buffalo has opened as 3-0 10 times in their history. Seven of the previous nine squads qualified for the playoffs.

The Bills will head into a matchup with the undefeated New England Patriots next week for a battle of first place in the AFC East. The last time the two teams matched up for a battle of first place was in Week 6 of 2014 when both teams were 3-2 to start the season.

2. Defense strong as ever in win

The Bills defense was stingy as ever on Sunday. Buffalo continued its 15-game streak of holding opponents to under 400 total yards of offense, the longest such streak in the NFL. Cincinnati only accrued 306 total yards in the win.

The Bengals' longest drive of the first half was five plays. Cincinnati didn't even gain a first down until their sixth drive of the game after four punts and a drive-ending fumble. They finished the half without a third-down conversion.

Prior to Sunday's game, Cincinnati averaged the least yards per game on the ground per game coming into Week 3, however the Bengals had the NFL's leading receiver in John Ross and Andy Dalton ranked second in the NFL in passing yards.

Buffalo held Andy Dalton to 249 yards and a touchdown while John Ross had two receptions for 22 yards. Dalton threw two interceptions, each picked off by Tre'Davious White, and Ross fumbled a ball that was recovered by the Bills.

Ross entered the game with long completions of 55 and 66 yards. Buffalo didn't allow a pass play to go for over 33 yards. By not allowing a completion over 50 yards, the Bills logged their 30thconsecutive game without such a completion. It is the longest active streak in the NFL.

3. Josh Allen utilizing legs in a different way this season

Josh Allen made a couple of plays that made you say "wow" on Sunday. Allen utilized his mobility to escape pressures from Cincinnati's defense and extend plays with his legs to keep drives going for Buffalo.

"It's just one of those things that just happens during the flow of the game," Allen said. "I feel like there's a rusher and trying to bait him by trying to keep my eyes downfield because that's when they bring somebody else and it's one less person in coverage. I'm able to trust our guys to go out there and make plays and find openings."

Still, sometimes Allen gets in trouble by doing too much on a play and it led to an interception on Sunday. Allen knows he needs to do a better job of taking care of the football and not putting it in harm's way.

"The scoreboard tells a different story," Allen said. "We got a lot of things to work on and a lot of things to learn from, we're moving on from this game but we've got to learn from some new things and transfer them and apply them to next week."

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