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Buffalo Bills team stats: still second in the NFL in total defense

The only team better from a yardage standpoint is the team that beat them on Sunday.

Last Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers caused the Buffalo Bills’ offense to crash down to Earth, but the defense remains in the top tier of NFL units right now. Let’s take a look at where the team stands against the rest of the league.

Offense

Passing: 162.5 (27, last week 15)
Rushing: 129.5 (8, last week 1)
Total: 292.0 (24, last week 3)
Scoring: 12.0 (t-25, last week t-13)
Turnovers: 1 (t-6, last week t-10)
Third down conversion rate: 40.0% (t-14, LW 9)

The Bills took a major tumble in total offense, falling 12 spaces in terms of scoring and 21 spots down the yardage chart. Even the rushing offense took a big fall after the team’s worst performance on the ground in years, but the unit remains in the top ten and should regain a place in the top five before long.

The Bills are one of 13 teams without multiple turnovers through the second week of the season. That falls in line with last season, when they nearly set a record for fewest turnovers in a year. There were a couple of fumbles against the Panthers (including a muffed punt by Kaelin Clay), but the Bills retained possession both times.

Defense

Passing: 177.0 (8, last week t-9)
Rushing: 57.5 (5, last week 2)
Total: 234.5 (2, last week 2)
Scoring: 10.5 (4, last week 7)
Takeaways: 2 (t-13, last week t-6)

After shutting down the Panthers’ offense, the Bills remain at second in the NFL in yards per game allowed behind...the Panthers. They’re also tied for second in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers in yards allowed per play (3.9), also behind the Panthers (3.7).

The Bills rank fifth in the NFL with 21 points allowed, but two of the teams ahead of them are the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs are also ahead of them in scoring average, having allowed only a touchdown in their only game so far.

Other

Turnover differential: +1 (t-8, last week t-6)
Penalties: 11 (t-6, last week t-13)
Penalty Yards: 94 (7, last week t-8)
Average time of possession: 27:06 (27, last week 9)

The 2-1 turnover ration from last week still stands after neither the Bills nor the Panthers turned the ball over on Sunday. There were also a minimal amount of flags thrown against either team, and as a result the Bills are now a top-ten least-penalized team in the NFL. Unfortunately, the offense’s inability to sustain drives caused them to plummet to the bottom of the league in time of possession, which makes the defense’s performance even more amazing.