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Small Consolation

I'm sure it's small consolation to suffering Bills fans. But while you're lamenting the team's wretched defensive numbers this season, you can take some comfort in the fact that there's actually someone worse.

The Bills are currently 31st in four major defensive categories in the latest NFL team statistics: Total defense (417.9 yards per game); yards per pass attempt (7.81); rushing yards allowed (169.5) and points allowed (30.13).

Thanks heavens for the Saints! New Orleans has given up a staggering 471.3 yards a game, well ahead of the standard for yardage allowed by the 1981 Colts (424.5 yards). The Saints are also last in yards per pass attempt against (8.24) and rushing yards allowed (176.5).

Somehow, the Saints have managed to allow only 229 points, tied for 28th. Tennessee has allowed the most points in the league with 308 in nine games. That's on pace to break the league record for points allowed. Those '81 Colts gave up 533 points.

The Bills, by the way, are on pace to break the team record for yards allowed (5,938), which they set a year ago. At their current rate, they would allow 6,686, shattering last year's mark. Good thing they paid all that money to Mario Williams.   



Bills, NFL
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