2) The Buffalo Bills' defense is on fire to start the season
All offseason, the talk surrounding the Buffalo Bills was about how they were going to regress, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Well, through three weeks the defense has done anything but regress. They are suffocating and getting after the quarterback like a bat out of hell. Even with the departure of Leslie Frazier in the offseason, the defense has continued to be a top unit.
Heading into week four, the Bills sit atop the charts in defensive rankings. Currently, they are ranked second in yards per game, third in passing yards per game, second in red zone defense, 14th in rushing yards per game, and second in points per game. The Bills' defense has allowed only two touchdowns on 31 drives this season, equating to 6.5%, which is the second-best in the league. Additionally, they rank second in sacks with 12 and third in turnover differential.
The Bills defensive line has been a wrecking ball to start the year, coming off a nine-sack performance. Leading the team is Leonard Floyd with 3.5 sacks, which is tied for the sixth most in the league. Ed Oliver is anchoring it down on the interior with two sacks, and four tackles for loss which is tied for eighth most in the league, and is tied for second most pressures among interior defensive linemen, with 15. As a whole, the unit is on fire.
The Bills’ defense has the highest quarterback pressure rate in the NFL, pressuring quarterbacks on 50.6% of dropbacks so far. Tua has started the season off on a tear, however, he has not faced a defensive front playing like Buffalo’s is right now. Pressure will be key in this matchup and the Bills bring it. Not to mention, the Bills have the lowest blitz percentage in the league, but the highest sack percentage.