The Buffalo Bills beat the New York Jets on Sunday in one of the least aesthetically pleasing victories in recent memory. We all know the saying “a win is a win,” but this win was one-of-a-kind for both the Bills’ franchise and potentially the entire league.
The Bills did something that hasn't been done in at least 80 years and still managed to record a win thanks to the fact that they were playing the Jets. pic.twitter.com/qTmkU4OLLB— Buffalo Rumblings (@BuffRumblings) October 26, 2020
Elias Sports Bureau (via Sal Capaccio of WGR) confirmed on Monday that the Bills are the first team since 1940 to complete a game with both zero touchdowns and zero punts. There were mentions on social media of occurrences of this in the 1940s and ProFootballReference lists many of these, but Elias and others have refuted those as merely bad data.
In what has been a very rollercoaster season for the Bills and their fans, it is extremely fitting that they would be the first team in at least 80 years to win a game where they were both amazing (no punts) and terrible (no touchdowns). In other words, it was a very Bills-y win.