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Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos: takeaways

Win the turnover margin, win the game

Denver Broncos v Buffalo Bills Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills took on the Denver Broncos this past Sunday at New Era Field. They upset the previously unbeaten Broncos by playing great defense and protecting the ball on offense. This combination resulted in the single most important stat of the game: a +2 turnover margin for the Bills.

The Bills defense continued their great start to the 2017 season against the Broncos and limited Denver to their lowest scoring output of the season. They also intercepted Trevor Siemian twice—one interception each for the starting corners Tre’Davious White and E.J. Gaines. Tyrod Taylor and the rest of the Bills offense did their part by not coughing up the ball to the vaunted Broncos defense all afternoon.

In games since 2000, the Bills are 56-12 when wining the turnover battle by at least 2. That record is good for a 0.824 winning percentage, which is a significant increase over the team’s 0.415 overall winning percentage in the same timeframe. If Sean McDermott can continue to get this output from his defense, he and the Bills, will be very successful.