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One Stat Recap: Buffalo Bills defense puts the clamps on the Miami Dolphins

The defense bounced back with a great game

Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills completed the season sweep of their division foes the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Both the offense and the defense stood out in a thorough beating of one of the worst teams in the NFL. It was the defense, though, that had the more eye-popping stats.

The defense improved over their performance in the first Dolphins in game in nearly every category. They allowed fewer points, total yards, rushing yards, and sacked the QB more. One stat that encompasses exactly how that all played out is the percentage of positive plays the Dolphins were able to put together against the Bills.

The Dolphins ran 65 offensive plays in the game. The Bills recorded seven sacks and nine tackles for loss for a total of 16 negative plays. That means that on 23% of their offensive snaps, the Dolphins either lost yards or just made it back to the line of scrimmage. If you add in neutral plays and the Allen Hurns fumble then 48% of the Dolphins’ plays were neutral at best. Comparatively, the Bills offense only had 26% negative or neutral plays.

Thanks to our very own Jeff Kantrowski AKA Skarerow for the doing the math. And thanks to the Bills defense for rebounding and putting on a stellar performance against the rival Dolphins.