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2014 Buffalo Bills run defense on two impressive streaks

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The 3-3 Buffalo Bills have a lot of problems to fix, but their league-best (so far) run defense isn't one of them. In fact, the Bills' run defense hasn't been this productive since the 1960s.

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How hot has the Buffalo Bills' run defense been to start the 2014 season? In their weekly game release previewing Sunday's Week 7 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, the Bills' PR team included an interesting historical nugget on that unit's efforts to date.

Not only are the Bills ranked No. 1 overall in the NFL in both rush yards allowed per game (67.5) and rush yards allowed per attempt (2.8) this season, but they are also on two streaks that fans of the team haven't seen since the franchise's AFL championship years.

No Bills opponent has scored a rushing touchdown yet this season. That six-game run without allowing a touchdown on the ground already ranks as the second-longest streak in club annals; both the 1964 and 1965 Bills had eight-game runs in which they held opponents out of the end zone on the ground, and yes, both of those teams were AFL champions.

The Bills have also held their first six opponents of the 2014 season to under 90 rushing yards in every contest. That is the longest such streak for the team since 1996, and if they can manage to do it again versus Minnesota - who come into the game ranked 13th running the ball, averaging just shy of 120 yards per game - it'll be their longest streak since 1964.

In short, Buffalo has a lot of problems that they're trying to solve as the 3-3 club continues to fight for a postseason berth, but their much-improved run defense is clearly not on that list of items to fix.