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Bills have historic 20/20 outlook through seven games

By Tim Graham

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills have been amazingly consistent on the scoreboard.

They've scored between 20 and 24 points in each of their seven games. They've also allowed at least 20 points every time.

The Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins, 23-21, today in Sun Life Stadium.

Football Outsiders assistant editor Scott Kacsmar pointed out the Bills are just the sixth team in NFL history to score and allow at least 20 points in each of their first seven games. The others were the 1967 New York Giants, the 1985 Cincinnati Bengals, 2000 St. Louis Rams, 2000 San Francisco 49ers and 2002 New Orleans Saints.

The Bills and Denver Broncos are the only teams this season to score at least 20 points in every game.

The Bills' streak actually is at eight, dating back to last year's season finale against the New York Jets.

Such a streak doesn't guarantee success, of course, especially not when a team is giving up even more points on average.

The Bills have opened a season with seven straight games of at least 20 points three previous times: 1964 (first 11 games), 2002 (first eight games) and 2011 (first seven games).

They won the 1964 AFL title, but didn't make the playoffs in 2002 or 2011.

The Bills lead the AFC East in scoring with 159 points, seven more than the New England Patriots.

But the Bills also have allowed the most points in the division, 51 more than the Patriots, 38 more than the Dolphins and 16 more than the Jets.

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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