BFR Stat of the Week: Bills off and running

The Buffalo Bills look completely different this season on the ground.

The Buffalo Bills have literally been off and running this season.

Through three games, Buffalo is leading the NFL in rush yards. The team has rushed for 458 yards in three games, an average of 152.7 yards per game. Karlos WilliamsLeSean McCoy, Tyrod Taylor and Percy Harvin, all new additions to the roster, have all contributed on the ground this season and it’s been night and day from last season where the Bills finished 25th in the league in rushing.

This week’s stat of the week looks at how Buffalo has already come close to surpassing last year’s squad in terms of big play runs and rushing touchdowns.

Season

20+ yard runs

40+ yard runs

Rushing TDs

2014 (16 games)

7

3

7

2015 (3 games)

4

1

5

In addition to the stats above, this year's Bills squad has already surpassed last year's team in terms of 100 yard rushers. The 2014 squad that featured Fred JacksonC.J. SpillerBryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, the only back still with the team, did not have a back go over 100 yards in a game. Last week, Williams was able to get the job done by picking up 110 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

Buffalo is on pace to easily surpass their 2014 rush stats this season, and it should happen sooner rather than later. In Week 4, the Bills will take on the New York Giants. The G-Men currently rank second in the league in run defense, allowing just 74.7 yards per game. It will be an interesting battle to watch unfold, especially if McCoy sits out of the game.

There’s no telling who will win this battle on the ground on Sunday, but through three weeks it’s evident that Buffalo’s run game has really taken off in 2015.


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