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What fans need to know about the Bills at the 2021 bye week

Jordan Poyer (21). Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium, September 19, 2021.  Photo by Jeff Romance
Jordan Poyer (21). Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium, September 19, 2021. Photo by Jeff Romance

The Bills spent the bye week looking back at the positives and negatives of the first six weeks while also preparing for their Week 8 matchup against the Dolphins.

Here's a look at where the team stands in the division, conference and NFL at the bye week.

Scroll for facts on each member of the Bills at the bye week.

Where the Bills stand in the AFC East ...

Through six weeks, Buffalo holds sole position of first place in the AFC East with a 4-2 record. The Bills have a two-game lead in the division with the Patriots sitting in second at 2-4. Miami sits in third place at 1-4 and the Jets are in last place at 1-5.

This week the Patriots host the Jets, and the Dolphins host the Falcons.

The Bills still have five division games remaining on the schedule (Wk. 8: MIA, Wk. 10: @NYJ, Wk. 13: NE, Wk. 16: @NE, Wk. 18: NYJ).

Where the Bills stand in the AFC ...

The Bills are currently fourth in the AFC behind the Titans (4-2), the Chargers (4-2) and the Ravens (5-1). Buffalo has the easiest strength of schedule going forward and on the Around the NFL Broadcast on NFL Network, Gregg Rosenthal gave his thoughts on where the Bills stand in the AFC.

"I think they're the best team in the AFC still," Rosenthal said. "They're the most complete they have the highest ceiling and Josh Allen after a little bit of a slow start is playing about as well as he did a year ago."

Where the Bills rank in these NFL statistical categories ...

Heading into Week 7, the Bills have the number one ranked scoring defense (16.3 PPG allowed) and the number two ranked scoring offense (33.8 PPG). The Bills also have the highest turnover differential at plus-11. The defense has 16 takeaways with the offense only having five turnovers.

According to NFL media research, the Bills have the best point differential (+105) in the NFL so far this season. Buffalo is now the 16th NFL team in the last 50 seasons to have a 100+ point diff. through the first six games of a season. 12 of the previous 15 teams made the Super Bowl, with six teams going on to win it.

What's next for Buffalo

The Bills next game is at home against the Dolphins on Oct. 31 at 1 pm. The Bills have won six straight games against the Dolphins dating back to 2018. With a win in Week 8, the Bills would extend it to seven which would mark the longest win streak against Miami in franchise history. That game also marks Josh Allen's 50th career start in the NFL. According to NFL media research, he needs four pass/rush touchdowns to have the third-most by a player in first 50 starts since 1970. Patrick Mahomes currently ranks first with 135, followed by Dan Marino (118) and Deshaun Watson (112) – Allen currently sits fourth with 109.

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