Highlighting the best Bills' defensive stats through three weeks 

A lot went right on the defensive side of the football for the Bills in Week 3, so we’re highlighting the stats that mattered most in the 37-3 win over the Commanders.

In addition, Buffalo’s defense not only achieved some historic feats on Sunday, they’ve also been one of the best units in the NFL through the first three weeks of the season.

These are the top stats Bills fans should know about the defense after a big Week 3 win:

The best stats from Week 3

  • 20 different Bills recorded a tackle Sunday, the most in a game for Buffalo this season.
  • The Bills’ nine total sacks are the most in a single game since the Eagles racked up 10 in Oct. 2019.
  • The Commanders offense went just 1-for-9 on third down, their worst performance on third down since Oct. 2022.
  • The Bills became the first team since the 1985 Dallas Cowboys to record four interceptions and nine sacks in a single game. They also added a fumble recovery.
  • LB Terrel Bernard is the first NFL player to record 2+ sacks, an INT & a fumble recovery in a single game since Bears HOF LB Brian Urlacher in 2007.

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— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) September 25, 2023

  • Averaging just 5.86 yards per passing attempt, Buffalo held quarterback Sam Howell to just 170 passing yards, or 125 including yards lost from sacks.
  • The Bills allowed just 230 total yards of offense, their fewest allowed since holding the Chicago Bears to 209 yards in Week 16 of 2022.
  • On six targets, cornerback CB Tre’Davious White allowed three completions for 19 yards with an interception and a 17.4 passer rating allowed.
  • DT Ed Oliver had 7 QB pressures against Washington. His 27.3 pct QB pressure rate is the best in NFL this season (min. 50 pass rush attempts, per Next Gen Stats.
  • A.J. Epenesa recorded the first pick-six by a Bills defensive lineman since Aaron Schobel in 2009.

First career interception. ☑️
First career touchdown. ☑️

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— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) September 24, 2023

The best stats from the season so far

The Bills rank first in the following categories after Week 3:

  • Total takeaways (9)
  • Interceptions (7)
  • Pressure percentage: 13% (the amount of dropbacks where opposing QB is pressured)

Buffalo’s defense ranks 3rd or better in the following categories:

  • 2nd in points allowed (11.7 ppg)
  • 2nd in total yards allowed (253 ypg)
  • 2nd in opponent red zone efficiency (28.6)
  • T-2nd in sacks (12)
  • 2nd in touchdown percentage (2 allowed on 31 drives faced)

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— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) September 24, 2023

The Bills are effective when rushing fewer than five defensive players, holding the highest sack rate in the league.

  • 32nd in blitz rate (6.7%)
  • 1st in sack rate (16%)

The Bills lead the league in the following turnover categories:

  • 1st in turnover percentage (29%)
  • 1st in turnovers forced (9)
  • 1st in interceptions (7)

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