In 2015 the Bills intercepted a league low 10 passes in 16 games, often forcing the offence to march the full length of the field in order to score. With the new SSG pro football season barely a month old, already the Bills are in uncharted and unexpected territory. In just 4 September games, the Bills secondary intercepted 12 passes and more surprisingly returned 5 of them for touchdowns.
FS Corey Graham kicked things off against Arizona in week 2, returning a wayward Carson Palmer 33 yards for a TD, quickly followed by CB Ronald Darby’s 73 yard effort to seal the win. Week 3 vs KC saw Darby at it again, with an 80 yard TD early in the 2nd quarter as the Bills recorded a mere one pick 6!
Happily normal service was resumed in week 4 against Cleveland as both FS Bacarri Rambo (89 yards) and SS Aaron Williams (40 yards) returned picks for 6 – Williams earning defensive player of the week for his overall efforts. Spare a thought for Stephon Gilmore, arguably the best DB on the team who has yet to get his hands on a pass, never mind return on for 6!
The question for the Bills GM is this – does this represent a new ball hawking mentality from a veteran secondary, or a statistical anomaly…? For Bills fans it is just to be enjoyed for as long as it continues.