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Bills Today: Unbeaten when Shady hits 100


Here's the Bills news of note for Nov. 30th.

1 - Unbeaten when Shady hits 100A 75-yard touchdown run last Sunday was the main reason why LeSean McCoy was able to put up his fourth 100-yard rushing day for the Bills this season. But Buffalo doesn't care how their feature back reaches the century mark, as long as he gets there.

That's because the Bills are unbeaten when Shady rushes for 100 yards or more. Buffalo is 7-0 over the past two seasons and 4-0 this season when McCoy reaches triple digits rushing. As a team the Bills lead the league in rushing yards per game at just over 157 yards per game.

Jacksonville was one of the more determined opponents when it came to stopping McCoy and the run game. They often had eight defenders in the box and at times had one of their safeties lining up next to their defensive end.

"They outnumbered us up front so it was hard to get our running game going," said Ryan. "But I liked the fact that we were resilient and stayed the course and we found a way to get it done and made enough plays in the game to win the game. So that was encouraging."

McCoy had just five yards on eight carries at halftime as he had trouble making something out of nothing against Jacksonville's fast linebacking unit.

"I got a little frustrated to be honest," said McCoy. "I've been in games where a defense tries to stop you and take you out of the game, take out the running game and you try to make something happen. It is what it is, we got the win and that's the thing that matters."

The Bills victories this season in 100-plus yard rushing efforts by McCoy have come against Arizona (110), Los Angeles (150) and San Francisco (140) in addition to last week's win over the Jaguars.

On Sunday they face the league's 26th ranked rushing attack. The Raiders are giving up 117 rushing yards a game to their opponents and rank 30th in yards per carry allowed with a figure of 4.6.

2 - No give, but lately no take eitherThe Bills have set a new record low this season with just six turnovers in their first 11 games. The old mark of eight turnovers in the first 11 games was set by a handful of teams over the past five seasons, with Kansas City (2015) the most recent club to do so.

Buffalo's plus-eight turnover margin ranks fourth in the NFL.

The problem of late is the team's inability to take the ball away. The first six weeks of the season the Bills had 12 takeaways, which was the second-highest mark in the league and they led the AFC with turnover margin of plus-eight.

Over the last five games however, Buffalo has just two takeaways, Stephon Gilmore's two interceptions in the win at Cincinnati in Week 11.

The Bills takeaway tally has slipped from second-highest to ninth in the NFL, but head coach Rex Ryan believes if they continue to protect the football the takeaways will come on the other side of the ball.

"If we continue to play like this and we're able to get some turnovers on defense that's how you win in this league," said Ryan.

3 - Perfect from two-point rangeThe Bills were successful on a two-point conversion in last week's win over Jacksonville. Following their fourth quarter touchdown to re-take the lead 26-21 with 10 minutes left in the game, Buffalo elected to go for two to push their lead to seven points.

LeSean McCoy was able to get over the goal line to convert keeping the Bills perfect on two point conversion attempts this season.

Buffalo is one of only seven NFL teams still perfect on two-point attempts, they're one of two teams with four successful conversions to lead the league. The other team with four two-pointers this season?

The Oakland Raiders, who have gone four for five this season for an 80 percent success rate.

Rex Ryan admits he usually only goes for two when the deficit or advantage on the scoreboard combined with the time left on the clock dictates it. He recognizes the recent trend is to go for two, an approach Pittsburgh subscribes to. They're three-for-seven this season (43%).
* *"Yeah it's aggressive, and we're really good in the red zone I get it, but sometimes your personnel will dictate that," said Ryan. "Sometimes it's who you're playing. But I still think that even though the numbers are what they are, I feel good about kicking an extra point even though we missed last week."

 Last season the Bills were just two-for-five on two-point conversion attempts (40%).

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