After 8 games, the Buffalo Bills are proving that they are the league’s best at not turning the ball over.
That’s right, the Buffalo Bills‘ offense does at least one thing better than any team in the NFL and that’s limiting their total turnovers.
When you look at how depleted the Bills’ wide receiver corps has been all season, how much we run the ball and how many times our quarterback is throwing on the run, you would think Buffalo would be turning the ball over several times every game.
That hasn’t been the case this season. In fact, the Buffalo Bills actually lead the league with the fewest turnovers on offense this year. With two interceptions and two fumbles, their total of 4 ranks better than the Detroit Lions (5) and Minnesota Vikings (5). Dallas, Oakland, New England and Seatle — who the Bills play on Monday — are all tied for 4th in the league with 6 turnovers.
Buffalo has stayed consistent both through the air and on the ground, regarding turnovers. Their two interceptions this season is tied for third in the league with Dallas and Kansas City. They trail the Minnesota Vikings (1) and New England Patriots (0) as far as interceptions go.
For fumbles, their two on the season ranks second with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2), behind only the Detroit Lions — who have one fumble this season.
On the defensive side of the ball, they’ve also been consistent when it comes to forcing fumbles and getting interceptions. This season, they have six fumbles (tied for 5th in the league) and six interceptions (tied for 10th in the league).
With 12 total takeaways this year, couple with 4 giveaways, their turnover differential sits at 8 as they head to Seattle for Monday Night Football. That stat ranks third in the league behind the Kansas City Chiefs (9) and the Minnesota Vikings (11).
Taking care of the ball and forcing turnovers on your opponent are two very important aspects to this game and is a big reason we went on that four-game winning streak. We haven’t thrown an interception in five games — those five being against the Patriots, Rams, 49ers, Dolphins and Patriots again.
In addition, our two fumbles came in the same game — Jonathan Williams and Tyrod Taylor vs. the 49ers — meaning that we’ve had a total of seven games this season without a fumble, 6 games without an interception and five games with no turnovers at all.
If the other aspects of this offense can start flowing correctly, our ability to take care of the ball could be a difference maker when the playoffs start to creep up.
Bills’ fans should be proud of this, especially considering we ended last season with 19 turnovers (9 interceptions, 10 fumbles) and just a 6 turnover differential — which we’ve already surpassed.
Let’s walk into Seattle on Monday and show them why we’re the league’s best at taking care of the ball and give Russell Wilson and the rest of Seattle’s offense a tough time as well.
How many takeaways and giveaways do you think the Buffalo Bills get vs. Seattle?