BY NICK ST. DENIS
The last thing fans want to hear after a season-deflating loss is about how their team is good at something. Sorry, Buffalo Bills faithful.
With six sacks of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan Sunday, the Bills reclaimed the league league in quarterback takedowns.
Through 13 weeks, Buffalo sits alone at the top in the category with 43. The next closest team is the Carolina Panthers with 39.
While half a dozen sacks is impressive, the Bills' defensive front saw even more opportunies to get to Ryan, but the veteran signal-caller combated Buffalo's pass rush with bang-bang snap-and-throw plays. He completed 28 of 47 passes for 311 yards and a touchdown.
"He was able to get the ball out quick," Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams said, via BuffaloBills.com. "There were a few times where me and other guys, you can’t win any rushes when the ball is already gone.
". . . With a guy like that, you just have to stay patient and not get frustrated and stay at it. And at the end of the game, we got some good pressure on him."
The Bills are on pace to top their franchise-record 49 sacks, which they accumulated in 1995.
Defensive end Mario Williams leads the team in sacks this season with 12, while linebacker Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus have eight, seven and six, respectively.
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