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One stat recap: Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions

Robert Foster rapidly rising up the rookie receiver rankings

The Buffalo Bills notched their fifth win of the 2018 season at home on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The win looked a lot like some of the wins from 2017—limit turnovers, play solid defense, and hit some big plays. The game was decided by special teams for the third straight week, but for the first time in that stretch it was not the Bills’ special teams making mistakes. The Lions missed an extra point and a field goal. Making either of those would’ve likely changed the outcome of the game. However, the more interesting and fun statistic to look at from Sunday’s win was Robert Foster’s big day.

Foster finished the day with four catches for 108 yards and one touchdown. Those 108 yards are the eighth-most receiving yards in a game by a rookie this season. With his performance on Sunday, Foster now claims four of the top fifteen highest receiving totals by rookies this season. The only other player on that list more than once is Marquez Valdes-Scantling from the Green Bay Packers, who has two of the top fifteen performances.

Robert Foster is certainly not a number-one wide receiver, but his play over the last few weeks has shown that he can be a valuable target for Josh Allen. He’s almost certainly played himself into a roster spot next year, which is a lot to say for a undrafted rookie who was cut earlier this season.