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Buffalo Bills join two Super Bowl winners with defensive dominance

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

The Buffalo Bills have pitched two shutouts in the first four games of the 2021 regular season. Before they blasted the Houston Texans 40-0 in Week 4, they hammered the Miami Dolphins 35-0 in Week 2. Those two shutouts are a sensational omen for the future of this team.

The only two times in NFL history a team has shut out their opponents twice in the first four games, those teams won the Super Bowl.

One is a well-known defensive juggernaut; the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. They won 16-0 in Week 1 and 37-0 in Week 4. They eventually had four shutouts on the season including back-to-back games in Weeks 4 and 5. They allowed just 23 total points in four postseason games to win the Super Bowl.

The 1991 Washington squad was a team familiar to Bills fans of a certain age. They were the second team to beat the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl. They won 45-0 in Week 1 and 34-0 in Week 3, ultimately shutting out their opponents on three different occasions during the regular season. The Bills scored 24 points in the Super Bowl, to match the most points given up by Washington from the end of September to the end of the year.

Bills receiver Emmanuel Sanders knows a thing or two about winning championships, and he weighed in after the game, too.

“I’m so impressed by the defense,” Sanders said, via “I’ve been on three Super Bowl teams, and every team that I’ve played on, defense was the ultimate factor. Defense wins championships, we all understand that.”

The Bills’ defense is about to get their biggest test of the season when they head to Arrowhead Stadium to play the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes, and Andy Reid.