Buffalo Bills join elite company with defensive performance in Week 4

Cam Lewis, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Buffalo Bills defense is off to an impressive start this season ranking near the top of the league in yards allowed (216.8 yards per game), points allowed (11.0 points per game), sacks (12 total), allowing opponents to convert only 30% of their third down attempts and takeaways with 11.

Their performance on Sunday though against the Houston Texans helped them accomplish something only two other teams before them have done. After a 35-0 shutout in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, the Bills shut out the Houston Texans by a final score of 40-0.

They are now the third team in NFL history to record two shutouts in their first four games. They join Washington’s team from 1991 and the Baltimore Ravens from 2000.

Both of those teams would go on to win the Super Bowl in their respective years with Washington beating the Buffalo Bills and the Ravens beating the New York Giants.

This is elite company for the Buffalo Bills

There is no question that this elite company for the Buffalo Bills defense to be a part of, especially in comparison to the Baltimore Ravens. That 2000 defense is considered one of the best defenses the league has ever seen.

That team had only seven games all year where the opposing team scored 10 or more points and had eight games where teams scored seven or fewer points. They finished Top 3 in almost every defensive category like yards allowed, points allowed, rushing yards allowed, and turnovers forced.

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The Buffalo Bills certainly have a long way to go if they hope to be in the same discussion as this Ravens team. There will be some that will try to discredit their performance based on the opponents they have played like the Steelers, Dolphins and Texans. However, shutouts are a rarity in today’s NFL and the fact that this defense has been able to secure two in four weeks, regardless of the opponent, is certainly impressive.