Josh Jacobs finishes with negative rushing yards
One of the keys to the game for the Buffalo Bills was how they could defend Josh Jacobs and limit his impact. The Raiders' running back led the league in rushing last season and is one of the best at his position.
When considering how effective Breece Hall was against the Bills on Monday night, it seemed like this would be a matchup that favored the Raiders. However, that didn't happen as the Bills defense won in the trenches and held Jacobs to -2 yards on nine carries.
According to ESPN's Stats and Info, this is the first time since 1970 that a reigning rushing champion finishes a game the next season with negative rushing yards. The interior of the defensive line for the Bills, players like Ed Oliver and DaQuan Jones, were able to set the tone here.
However, it was the entire defense as linebackers like Terrel Bernard did a better job in gap discipline and didn't let Jacobs get going. If the run defense can play at this level, the Bills defense is going to end up being one of the best in the NFL.