I usually start my articles with a brief recap of the previous game, including key players and stats. Not today. We all know that the Chiefs outplayed the Bills, plain and simple. To be so close to the Super Bowl, yet so far, was a heart-wrenching and cruel end to a supposed storybook season. (I’m sure that’s how most fans felt when the Bills lost the AFC Championship in 1988.)
However, the 2020 season was not a failure. Not even close. It was the best season in recent Bills’ history and deserves to be celebrated. In this special edition of “2020 Vision”, we shall commemorate this team and their many statistical accomplishments.
The 2020 Buffalo Bills by the Numbers
13: The Bills tied the franchise record for wins in a season with 13 (1990, 1991). Additionally, 13 different players caught a receiving touchdown for the Bills, tying an NFL record.
25: The Bills won the AFC East for the first time in 25 years. They also won their first playoff game since 1995.
24: The Bills hosted their first playoff game in 24 years. Speaking of home playoff games, Taron Johnson’s 101-yard pick-six against the Ravens tied an NFL postseason record (George Teague, 1993). (Johnson also had a pick-six against the Steelers Week 14.)
60: The 2020 Bills scored 60 total touchdowns (offense/defense/special teams), setting a new franchise record. (The previous record was 58 in 1991.)
501: The Bills led the league with 501 points scored in 2020 and set a new franchise record in the process. (The previous record was 458 in 1991.)
17: Josh Allen became the first player in NFL history to record 4,500+ passing yards, 35+ passing touchdowns, and five-plus rushing touchdowns in a single season. Furthermore, Allen set new franchise records in each of the following statistical categories: completions (396), completion percentage (69.2%), passing yards (4,544), passing touchdowns (37), passing yards/game average (284.0), and passer rating (107.2).
14: Stefon Diggs not only broke Eric Moulds’ single-season reception (127) and receiving yard (1,535) records, he became the first Bills player to lead the league in both categories. He also recorded six-plus receptions in 18 of Buffalo’s 19 games this year, the most by a player in NFL history.
6: The Bills went undefeated in the AFC East (6-0) for the first time in the modern-division era (since 2002). They also swept the Patriots for the first time since 1999.
141: Tyler Bass scored 141 points for the Bills in 2020, setting a new single-season franchise record. (That one was almost as old as Bass.)
5: Five Bills completed a pass this season; four recorded passing touchdowns. In addition, the Bills had five players named to the Pro Bowl (Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Tremaine Edmunds, Tre’Davious White, and Andre Roberts) and All-Pro teams (1st Team: Diggs, 2nd Team: Roberts, Allen, White, and Cole Beasley).
124: Jordan Poyer led all safeties with 124 tackles this year (12th-most overall).
50.8: Corey Bojorquez averaged 50.8 yards/punt on just 41 punts in 2020. (He was the only punter to average more than 50 yards.)
3: The Bills played three playoff games this season, one more than the previous 20 years combined.
I know that it’ll take some time to get over that AFC Championship loss. However, let’s remember that this is just the beginning of Buffalo’s playoff window. So, keep calm and carry on Bills Mafia. Our boys will be back soon enough.
* All player and team stats provided by Pro Football Reference.