The Buffalo Bills may have lost the game this past Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs, but the defense has put one very large black eye behind them. For the first time since Week 1, the Bills defense allowed less than 34 points, holding the Chiefs offense to 13 in five quarters.
Only twice before in NFL history has a team given up 34 or more points in five straight games. The 2007-2008 Rams allowed 34 or more points in five straight under Scott Linehan, going 0-5 in the process, and gave up more than 30 points in games on both ends of that streak. Also spanning two season, the Steelers allowed 34 points or more in five straight games from 1965-1966. They went 0-4-1 in those games.
The 2010 Bills, under coordinator George Edwards, allowed 34 or more points from Weeks 2-6, becoming the first team to ever give up that many points in five consecutive weeks during one season.
The Bills have only given up five or more 34-point games in a single season three previous times: 1984 (six), 1968 and 2001 (five). In 1968 they were 1-12-1, while they finished 2-14 in 1984 and 3-13 in 2001.
Should the defense give up 34 or more points during one more game this season, they would tie the dubious mark set in 1984 prior to the selection of Bruce Smith. That team also holds the Bills record for most points allowed, 454 for a 28.4 per-game average. The current incarnation of the team is out to shatter that mark, averaging 30.1 points allowed per game. At that rate, this team will give up over 482 points. The league record is 533 by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.