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Bills score 31 and lose for first time under Sean McDermott

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

For the first time under head coach Sean McDermott, the Buffalo Bills scored 31 points on offense and still lost a game. Typically speaking, it means your defense had a rotten day and the defenses under McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier have been good most of the time.

Monday’s 34-31 loss is the first time since 2016 that Buffalo scored 31 points on offense and still lost the game. It happened twice in 2016 and twice in 2015 under head coach Rex Ryan. It’s only happened 18 times total in team history, with 12 of them coming after the year 2000. It only happened to a Jim Kelly team once; in 1986 before Marv Levy was hired.

Overall, the Bills have scored 31+ points 179 times in team history and they’ve lost 18 and tied 1 for an 89.4 percent winning ratio. Nine times out of ten, when they score 31 they win.

The stat just reinforces the poor day from the defense (and how the offense almost nearly bailed them out).