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Steve Tasker’s son on Jets radar

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2018 – 2:30 pm

In case you may have missed it the New York Jets had an interesting CFL wide receiver in for a tryout this week with a tie to the Bills.

Hamilton TigerCats WR Luke Tasker, son of Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker had a tryout with the Jets according to ESPN NFL reporter Field Yates.

Tasker (5-11, 189) has been tearing it up in the CFL the last few seasons, but his 2017 season was his career best across the board. He initially had a two-year contract offer from the Green Bay Packers back in 2014 with a chance to make the roster, but he chose to stay with the TigerCats. Now 27, it appears Tasker may get some looks for some NFL clubs again.

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Report: Eagles tried to get McCoy back

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2018 – 9:28 am

The Bills acquisition of LeSean McCoy may go down as one of the best trades in team history. McCoy has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons with Buffalo and the Bills led the league in rushing in two of those seasons. A New York Daily News story on the success of Eagles VP Howie Roseman’s reconstruction of the Philadelphia roster, in the wake of the Chip Kelly hiring and firing, mentions McCoy as the one key piece that the Eagles wanted to reacquire, but couldn’t.

Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News wrote that Roseman wanted to reacquire McCoy to make up for Kelly’s foolish trade of the star back for LB Kiko Alonso. Here is Mehta’s excerpt about Roseman’s failed efforts to get McCoy back to Philadelphia.

There was one player that he couldn’t add: McCoy.

Kelly’s decision to trade McCoy to Buffalo for Alonso never made sense. Roseman tried to get McCoy back in a deal with Buffalo through back-channel intermediaries, according to sources. One of Philly’s off-the-books offers for McCoy, who has been a Pro Bowler in each of his three seasons with the Bills, was a package of players that included wide receiver Jordan Matthews, according to sources. Matthews ultimately was traded to the Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby last summer.

Roseman’s desire to bring back McCoy was one of the few moves that he couldn’t pull off, but he had seemingly solved his most glaring problem in the first phase of his accelerated rebuild: He found his franchise quarterback.

It sounds like Roseman’s efforts to get McCoy back never turned into a formal offer to the Bills. That’s probably because his exploratory talks with whatever back channels Mehta is referencing gave strong indication that it wasn’t an option.

This is likely why the Eagles subsequently made the trade for Jay Ajayi during the season.

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Butler has history with McDermott

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2018 – 9:49 am

It’s not surprising that Bills new secondary coach John Butler has a history with head coach Sean McDermott, but their ties are not from the coaching world.

The two accomplished coaches have never coached together. Butler and McDermott were actually high school teammates on the LaSalle College high school football team in Philadelphia.

In fact, last year when McDermott was being viewed as the favorite for the Bills head coaching job, the Houston Chronicle speculated that then Houston secondary coach John Butler could be a consideration for Buffalo’s defensive coordinator post.

Even Houston head coach Bill O’Brien, who fired Butler on Jan. 2nd, had a lot of respect for Butler and was optimistic about his coaching future. He told the Houston Chronicle the following about Butler at the close of the 2016 season.

“John Butler is an excellent coach,” O’Brien said. “John Butler, in my opinion, is destined for great things in this profession. I think he’ll be a coordinator someday. I think he’ll be a head football coach somewhere someday. Did a great job for us at Penn State and he’s done an excellent job for us here as guys really rely on him. He’s a very energetic guy.

“He’s a very smart guy, very quick-minded guy. Very detail oriented and works very hard. He’s in here early, stays late. Great family guy, father and husband. He does a great job all the way around.”
The Houston Chronicle also quoted former Houston DC Romeo Crennel for his thoughts on Butler as a coach.

“I think several guys on the defensive staff have the ability to be coordinators, and I think John is definitely one who can be a coordinator, has been a coordinator,” Crennel said in reference to his year as Penn State DC. “He’s a very hard worker, he’s detailed. I think it’s hard to outwork him. He’s got a good football mind, makes adjustments on the sideline.”

Former Houston CB A.J. Bouye, who signed a huge free agent contract with Jacksonville, after emerging as a Pro Bowl caliber talent under Butler, credited him for his development into a premier NFL cornerback.

“He’s helped me out a lot,” said Bouye, of Butler. “Sometimes, we joke about all the meetings we have. At the end of the day, you have to appreciate it. He’s always letting us know what to expect. We watch so much film. He’s keeping us alert and he’s helped out a lot on our techniques and studying film. It makes it easy.”

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Central Florida OLB Griffin gets Combine invite

Posted by Chris Brown on January 30, 2018 – 2:49 pm

He impressed at the Senior Bowl last week, but had yet to be invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis at the end of February. That is until now. Central Florida OLB Shaquem Griffin announced on his Twitter account that he has been invited to the NFL Combine.

Griffin is the draft prospect, who at age four had to have his left hand amputated due to a condition called amniotic band syndrome, but he has overcome the perceived deficiency to become a productive college player. Coaches lined up Griffin at DE, LB and S at the Senior Bowl practices last week.

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Bills team up with Republic Services to make environmental impact at New Era Field

Posted by Kelly Baker on January 30, 2018 – 9:07 am

This year, the Buffalo Bills once again proudly teamed up with Republic Services to make a significant impact on the environment. At each home game during the 2017-18 season, the Republic Services Blue Team collected the trash generated at New Era Field and converted it into a clean and renewable power source, such as steam and electricity. From there, the energy was used to power homes and factories in the area!

This remarkable process generated 204,635 kilowatts of renewable electricity, which was enough to power 214 homes for one month. It also saved 15,626 gallons of fuel and avoided 372.06 tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted.

For more stats on how the Bills and Republic Services made a positive impact this year, click here.

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Report: Mayfield “meets extensively” with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 26, 2018 – 3:30 pm

By no means were the Bills the only team who spent time with Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield at the Senior Bowl, but according to Robert Klemko, Buffalo was one of four teams he met with extensively.

Two of the other teams he met with at length were in Buffalo’s division, the Jets and Dolphins, who both pick ahead of the Bills in round one. Here was Klemko’s reference to Mayfield’s meetings in Mobile.

Mayfield is here to meet with teams that might actually draft him, and he’s had extensive meetings with four of them; the Saints, Bills, Jets and Dolphins. And they put him through the ringer, teaching him some of their offensive concepts and asking him to recall them an hour later.

“That’s the only upside for me [being here],” Mayfield says of the meetings with teams. “I’m confident I can show exactly what I’m about, how much I care about football and how I’d do anything to win. And not just that. Put me on a board and let me show you how much I know about the game. Let me show that I can pick information up, take it and run with it. Getting in front of these people was so important, even bigger than the three years of film I put together.”

Mayfield likely won’t be the only quarterback prospect with whom the Bills meet between now and late April. In fact Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph confirmed he had a meeting scheduled with the Bills in Mobile this week. It’s part of their due diligence, and their extensive time with Mayfield only helps to complete the evaluation.

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Top TE prospect out at Senior Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2018 – 11:18 pm

It happened in the first practice with the South team. TE Dallas Goedert is a small-school prospect out of South Dakota State, who had tremendous production over the last two years. The challenge this week was to see if his play could translate against top flight talent at the Senior Bowl. Unfortunately that opportunity has vanished.

Goedert came up hobbling with an ankle injury early in Tuesday’s practice and is now out for the rest of the week. Joining him is fellow TE Adam Breneman out of UMASS. Short a pair of tight ends, the Senior Bowl has brought in Western Kentucky TE Deon Yelder. He’ll wear jersey number 86.

Goedert is forecast as a second-round pick.

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Mayfield’s arrival at Senior Bowl delayed

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2018 – 7:03 am

He’s expected to be at the North Team’s practice today at 3:30, but Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield’s arrival at the Senior Bowl was delayed.

Mayfield, according to Senior Bowl Executive Director, Phil Savage, was delayed due to a personal family matter. The Oklahoma QB went home to Austin, Texas over the weekend.

He was scheduled to arrive in Mobile in time for practices, but fellow QB prospect Josh Allen, who is also on the North Team said at his press conference last evening that he had yet to meet him.

The Denver Broncos requested more time with Mayfield when he arrived as he presumably needed to meet with the Denver Broncos coaching staff to get prepared for today’s practice. The Broncos are coaching the North team this week.

Mayfield will be the first Heisman winner to participate and play in the Senior Bowl since Tim Tebow in 2007.

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Fan Friday 1-19

Posted by Chris Brown on January 19, 2018 – 11:26 am

We’ll have full Senior Bowl practice coverage next week Bills fans, so keep it close to and the John Murphy Show! Now to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think Rudolph could be a target pick for bills? Keep some draft capital get him at 21?


CB: Right now Rudolph is a bit off the pace as a QB prospect from the top four (Darnold, Rosen, Allen, Mayfield), due primarily to the fact that NFL clubs don’t know what his mental processing skills are on a football field. He has all the physical tools to be a pocket passer in the NFL, but he played in a very simple offense. So calling plays, diagnosing coverages, reading progressions, taking snaps under center are all unknowns. That’s why it’s unfortunate that Rudolph won’t be practicing this week at the Senior Bowl. He could’ve begun to answer some of those questions by putting his decision making during team periods of practice on display.

I think at this point it’s very realistic that he’ll be on the board for the Bills in the early 20’s. He’s currently projected as a late one, early two by some of the more respected draft prognosticators.

2 –

Do you foresee Shady becoming more of a change of pace back/third down back to preserve his career a few more years? It would be nice to get a solid move the chains type bruiser for early downs…thoughts?

Alan C

CB: McCoy did not show any signs of slowing down whatsoever in 2017. That said, he’ll be 30-years old for 2018. I personally see him as one of the exceptions to the popular rule that running backs decline after their 28th birthday. The main reason being his running style doesn’t expose him to big time hits which cause the most wear and tear on the body.

I am however, in favor of getting a capable back who can reduce the workload on McCoy. The Bills did a good job managing his carries. He averaged 18 carries per game in 2017, which I think would still be manageable for McCoy going forward. But introducing a steady backup, who can get five to 10 carries per game would be advisable to prolong McCoy’s freshness through the latter stages of the season, especially if there are playoff games in January where the offense will naturally lean on him more.

3 –

Chicken-egg situation: do the #Bills draft a QB with skill set that fits what Daboll wants to do? Or design offense around whatever QB they draft?

Tyler Moss

CB: While I believe there is some consideration to the style of offense the Bills would prefer to run in drafting a quarterback prospect, I don’t think it would preclude the Bills from taking the player they believe to be the best prospect at the position when they’re on the board.

It’s not the best example, but Cam Newton, a player who was drafted in Carolina when both Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott were there wasn’t an ideal fit for a pro-style offense. He was not a pure passer and he never played in a pro system, but he was far and away the best prospect at the position.

So, in general I think most NFL clubs tend to focus on drafting the best player at the position, then worry about how they’ll make use of his skill set.

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

What do you think Cordy Glenn’s future is with the Bills? If they move on, does he have trade value with that contract?

Josh McCarty

CB: Step one for Glenn is to get back to full health following the latest procedure on his foot. By all accounts he is doing very well in his rehabilitation and is on track to be full go for the start of the offseason conditioning program in April.

I do understand why there is speculation about Glenn being a trade option for the Bills, knowing how well Dion Dawkins performed at left tackle in Glenn’s absence.

Taking that hypothetical situation a step further, it’s obvious that Glenn’s cap figure for 2018 ($14.45M) is second only to Tyrod Taylor ($18M) on Buffalo’s roster.

But to move Glenn via trade or outright release prior to June 1st would only give Buffalo a cap savings of $4.85M with $9.6M in dead money still on their books.

If the Bills moved him after June 1st, such a move becomes more fiscally responsible.

The cap savings would be more than $11M and the dead money would be cut by two-thirds ($3.2M). However, moving a player via trade that late in the offseason is rare, but quality left tackles with a proven track record and just 28-years old are not easy to find. So even that late in the game I think he absolutely has trade value.

Just knowing how much GM Brandon Beane wants to continue to clear dead money off the Bills cap so they have more flexibility in their spending going forward, I find it hard to fathom them trying to move Cordy Glenn prior to June 1st knowing the cap implications mentioned above.

NOTE: For those wondering if you can designate a player you intend to trade as a post-June 1st designation, it doesn’t appear that you can. When you designate a player as a post-June 1st cut, the contract is immediately terminated and the team no longer holds any rights to the player.

So it would appear to be impossible to designate a traded player as a post-June 1st trade, because the team technically would not have the rights to said player, and thus no commodity to trade. The actual trade, as mentioned above, would seemingly have to take place after June 1st for the aforementioned cap savings to be realized.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills

If Bills lose Gaines to free agency, does corner become high draft priority?

Patrick Schrader

CB: If you’re down a starting caliber corner and you don’t feel you have an adequate replacement on your roster, then yes it does become a priority. Knowing that Leonard Johnson is also a free agent could increase the positional need even more.

So if Gaines doesn’t return, I think positionally it becomes a priority, but I’m not ready to peg it a draft priority. Let’s see what free agency can bring the team first if necessary.

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Season Ticket Member of the Month- January

Posted by Megan Zenger on January 17, 2018 – 10:12 am


From a small town named Albion, located in-between Buffalo and Rochester, lived a Bills fan like no other. While her peers played on the playground, Erica Kuntz attended Bills games playing in the aisles with the children surrounding her families Season Ticket Member seats. She grew up immersed in Buffalo football, cheering weekly for the team her family still loves and cherishes today.

The tradition of attending Bills games first began when her grandfather purchased Season Tickets in 1984. Since then the tickets have been passed from generation to generation, beginning with her mother and then about five years ago being passed to her. When visiting New Era Field for current games, Kuntz brings her three-year-old daughter, keeping the family tradition of Bills football alive.

As a young girl, Kuntz favored the defense particularly her all-time favorite player, defensive end Bruce Smith. While personnel have changed throughout the years, her love of defense remained the same, cheering these days for defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

As one could imagine, Kuntz has several tailgate rituals. In order to make game days feel right, Kuntz always drives her car which proudly showcases her Bills love with a custom-made license plate. After arriving at the field, Kuntz enters the gates early to watch her favorite team warmup and prepare for another one-of-a-kind day at New Era Field.

“You go to the game and start talking with the people parked near you at the tailgate,” stated Kuntz. “You give high fives to the people that are sitting by you when you score a touchdown. You really are part of this Bills family even though you are talking to people that you’ve probably never met before.”

As a Season Ticket Member, Kuntz has gotten to experience a behind the scenes look at Bills football and even announced a draft pick!

“As a Season Ticket Member, you get to go even beyond just watching the game and kind of see the inner workings of what is going on,” stated Kuntz.


Congratulations, Erica!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Erica for her many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of January. In addition to Erica being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, she will receive a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.

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Wood awaiting possible Pro Bowl call

Posted by Chris Brown on January 17, 2018 – 10:00 am

Eric Wood was a first alternate for this year’s Pro Bowl, meaning if a “starter” for the Pro Bowl bows out due to injury or some other reason, he could participate in this year’s game. Wood in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio said he’s already been put on stand by.

Pouncey was questionable heading into last week’s playoff game with a hip injury.

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Nick Saban statement on Bills hire of Daboll

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2018 – 9:27 am

Six-time national champion head coach Nick Saban issued the following statement after the Bills announced the hire of his now former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

“Brian did a tremendous job for us this past season at Alabama, and I know he will do a great job for the Buffalo Bills,” Saban said. “He is an outstanding coach and coordinator who put us in position to be successful each week. We appreciate all that he did in terms of his time and his dedication in contributing to the success we had this season. We wish Brian, his wife Beth, and their entire family all the best.”

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Gaine returns to Houston

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2018 – 9:29 am

The Bills hired Brian Gaine away from the Houston Texans to serve as their Vice President of Player Personnel. But just a year later the Texans organization had a vacancy to fill with GM Rick Smith taking a leave of absence. They hired Gaine back to serve as GM.

The Houston Texans announced the hiring officially on Saturday.

Gaine served as the Bills third in command under GM Brandon Beane and Assistant GM Joe Schoen on the personnel side of the organization. Buffalo’s college scouting department however remains completely intact with Director of College Scouting Terrance Gray and Lake Dawson, Assistant Director of College Scouting.

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Bills 2018 picks, where & from whom

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2018 – 11:45 am

By now most Bills fans are aware that the Bills have a total of eight picks in the 2018 draft. But with all the trades some may not know whether it’s Buffalo’s original pick in a certain round or a pick acquired from a trade with another club. Here’s the rundown of which round and where the picks came from.

1st round – No. 21 (own) and No. 22 (from KC)
2nd round – Bills pick and Rams pick (from Watkins trade)
3rd round – Eagles pick (from Matthews trade)
4th round – Bills pick
5th round – Bills pick and Jaguars pick (from Dareus trade)

Buffalo has no picks in rounds six or seven.

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Bills fans dedication appreciated

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2018 – 8:18 pm

If it wasn’t enough to see how Bills fans came out in droves after Buffalo qualified for the playoffs last week, their support at Everbank Field in Jacksonville on Sunday put them over the top in the eyes of players and coaches.

“They are the best fans in the league and you could never say enough good things about them. It’s just awesome to have them behind us,” said Kyle Williams.

“I appreciate the fans making the trip like they did down here to support us,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “Heck of a year.”

“It’s great they wanted to come down here, for us to have the support, getting off the plane, cheering us on. It’s awesome to be able to feel that,” said Lorenzo Alexander.

“That’s one thing that was a surprise,” said LeSean McCoy. “Coming from Philadelphia those fans travel everywhere, but I think Buffalo fans have got them beat. That’s awesome. I’m extremely disappointed to let them down. They traveled so far and they rallied behind us when things were looking good. They made this trip. I’m sorry we couldn’t get a win for them.”

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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2018 – 8:17 pm

It wasn’t an easy game to watch, but there were some telling statistics at the end of Buffalo’s difficult 10-3 loss to the Jaguars.

119 – Total yards from scrimmage for LeSean McCoy on a bad ankle (75 rush, 44 rec.)
78 – Total yards from scrimmage for Leonard Fournette (57 rush, 21 rec.)

39% – Bills third down conversion rate (7-18)
17% – Jaguars third down conversion rate (2-12)

130 – Bills net yards rushing
133 – Bills net yards passing

45% – Bills completion percentage

Red zone possessions
Bills – 1 (result – FG)
Jaguars – 1 (result – TD)

Time of possession
Bills – 32:37
Jaguars – 27:23

Deepest penetration into Jaguars territory after field goal drive
Jaguars 48-yard line (twice)

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Why Bills point differential means nothing now

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2018 – 11:00 am

For the naysayers in the media who have criticized the Bills as an unfit playoff participant due to some below average statistics in certain offensive and defensive categories, here’s an example of why negative statistics don’t mean anything once you reach the postseason.

A good number of Bills critics have pointed to Buffalo’s negative point differential, as there aren’t too many teams in the history of the league who score fewer points than their opponents and reach the playoffs.

But the Bills have, and in addition, history is on their side.

The Bills have the fifth-worst regular-season point differential among postseason teams all-time, but the four teams who were worse than Buffalo went 4-0 in their postseason openers.

Worst Regular-Season Point Diff, Teams Reaching Postseason

Team                                     Point Diff            Playoff Opener (all WC Games)
2010 Seahawks                 -97                          Won vs Saints, 41-36
2011 Broncos                     -81                          Won vs Steelers, 29-23 (OT)
2004 Rams                          -73                          Won @ Seahawks, 27-20
1989 Steelers                    -61                          Won @ Hou Oilers, 26-23 (OT)
2017 Bills                            -57                          Sunday @ Jaguars

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Bills need to close as strong as they’ve opened

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2018 – 10:18 am

Down the stretch of the 2017 regular season the Bills did a solid job of getting off to fast starts, something that was a trouble area earlier in the year. In their last three games, Buffalo has put up 17 points on their opening drives (2 TDs, 1 FG), where in the first 13 games of the season they had a total of just 6 (2 FGs).

That helped the Bills go 4-2 to end the regular season, as they outscored their opponents 24-6 in the first quarter. Buffalo also did not trail in any of their last four wins in part because of their fast starts.

In addition, the Bills drove for field goals on their opening possession of the second half in both Weeks 16 and 17. So, they’ve scored on their opening drive out of the locker room in four straight halves and five of the last six.

The task is likely to be a lot more difficult against a Jaguars defense that gave up an NFL-low 13 opening-drive points all season (1 TD, 2 FGs).

An even bigger challenge, however might be scoring in the fourth quarter, a problem area for several weeks for the Bills down the stretch this season.

Buffalo has only three points in the final 15 minutes of regulation over their last six games. Believe it or not over that span, they have more touchdowns in overtime (one) than in the fourth quarter.

Bills in 4th Quarter, 2017

Gms 1-10                  Gms 11-16

Points                                   90                                              3
Touchdowns                      9                                                 0
Point Diff.                            +22                                         -41

The team’s last two fourth-quarter TDs came in Week 11 at the LA Chargers, and were largely insignificant scores in a blowout loss.

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Bortles better at home

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2018 – 9:45 am

No one would argue that Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has a penchant for turning the ball over. He’s got 13 interceptions this season, five of which have come in the last two games of the regular season. But those picks came in road games. At home Bortles looks to be a much more productive signal caller.

His three strong games in December all came at EverBank Field, and counting the Jags’ “home” game at Wembley Stadium in London, his numbers were quite good.

Blake Bortles, 2017 – Home & Away Numbers

Home                    Away

Comp Pct             64.3                        55.6

Yds/Pass Att       7.65                        6.35

Pass Yds/Gm      267.9                     193.0

TD/INT                  15/5                         6/8

Won-Loss            6-2                            4-4

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Bills need their ball security to continue

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2018 – 9:14 am

As much as the Bills defense will be trying to get Jaguars QB Blake Bortles to make a mistake in the passing game today, Buffalo’s offense will be focused on continuing their own ball security.

Only the Kansas City Chiefs have had more games this season in which they did not turn the ball over (9). Buffalo was tied for second fewest giveaways this season with a pair of other playoff teams.

In those games in which they didn’t turn the ball over, the Bills were 6-2.

The reason not giving the ball to the Jaguars is doubly important is because a third of Jacksonville’s points scored this season have come off takeaways. The Jags were second in the league in total takeaways (33) and first in the league in points scored off takeaways (137).

The good news is the Bills have not turned the football over in each of their last three games. Their last giveaway came in the snow game against the Colts right at the end of regulation.

NFL Teams, 2017 – Most Games With 0 Giveaways
Chiefs                   9
Bills                        8
Patriots                8
Vikings                  8


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