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Bills tie NFL record for ball security

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 10:17 pm

The Bills did have a turnover Sunday when Tyrod Taylor threw an interception at the one-yard line. But with just six turnovers on the season, Buffalo tied a league mark.

Buffalo’s 6 turnovers so far this season is tied for the fewest in NFL history after 10 games along with the Seahawks this season. Green Bay did the same in 2015 and Oakland enters Monday night’s game with 6.

The Bills are plus-8 in turnover margin, tying as the 6th best in club annals after 10 games (also +8 in 1960, 1980, and 2005).

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What happened to the takeaways?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 10:17 am

Part of what was helping the defense in keeping points off the board during their four-game winning streak were turnovers. Buffalo had a total of 10 during that period. Not surprisingly, on the Bills current three-game losing streak they haven’t had a single takeaway.

Buffalo’s last turnover on defense came in the waning moments of their win at Los Angeles Oct. 9th when Nickell Robey-Coleman made his second interception of the game to seal the win.

If the Bills are unable to post a takeaway today against the Bengals it would match a four game stretch in which they went without a turnover back in 2002.

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Turnovers a difference maker

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2010 – 9:29 am

The Bills were as close as they could be to a victory Sunday, but a turnover, no matter how controversial, wound up costing them in OT. And looking back on the team’s first six games giveaways have been a big part of the 0-6 start.

Buffalo wound up a minus-2 at Baltimore. It was the fourth time in six games that the Bills lost the turnover battle. The only games in which they did not turn the ball over was the opener against Miami (lost 15-10) and Week 5 vs. Jacksonville (lost 36-26).

The only time Buffalo has won the turnover battle was against Jacksonville, when they were a plus-3 against the team with the worst turnover margin in the league. The Jaguars are a minus-10 on the season.

Not helping Buffalo’s margin is a league low six takeaways in six games, which has been due to a combination of lack of pass pressure and inconsistent coverage.

“Pressure and coverage go together,” said Donte Whitner. “So you have to fix both aspects in order to be successful and until we do it, we’re not going to be successful. We have to fix our pressure and get more pressure on the quarterback and cover them better.”

But not turning the ball over themselves is step one, and Sunday they face a Chiefs team that has committed a league low four turnovers. Not surprisingly, they’re 4-2.

“We need to get rid of the turnovers,” said Fred Jackson. “We think that’s what’s hurting us the most. I think that’s what we’re focused on more than anything. We feel like we’re a good offense so we’ve got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. Not making the turnovers, not making the penalties and things like that, and I think we’ll be alright.”

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