Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen are marching their ways to the record books as the 2020 regular season end comes to a close. Bills fans have not seen this level of play out of a quarterback and wide receiver since the days of Jim Kelly and Andre Reed. So, what are the top single season performances by individual Bills this century? (The original plan here was 10, but I couldn’t limit it down to 10, so here is 12.)
1.2002 Eric Moulds
- This century has been a search for the next Andre Reed to pair with the next Jim Kelly. The funny thing is, the Bills found their best wide receiver this century, while Reed was still on the team. Mould had his best season in 2002, paired with Drew Bledsoe, finishing with a team record in catches, and almost 1300 yards.
- Stats: 1292 yards, 100 receptions, 10 touchdowns.
2.*2020 Stefon Diggs
- This season is yet to be finished, but Stefon Diggs is on track to break all the Bills single season receiver record. Diggs is the number one, alpha wide receiver Bills fans have wanted since Eric Moulds left town. He may be the most talented player to step on this roster this century. As he continues to break records, he will jump Moulds on this list.
- *Stats: 1167 yards, 100 receptions, 5 touchdowns.
3.2019 Tre’Davious White
- There are really no stats to accurately assess how a cornerback plays. It is an eye (and tape) test. In 2019, Tre had the most dominant season by any Bills defender this century, when you consider the challenges cornerbacks face in modern football, and their importance to a defense.
- Stats: 6 interceptions, 17 pass defenses.
4.*2020 Josh Allen
- Josh Allen has put together the best season of any Bills quarterback since Jim Kelly. This includes two, 400 yard, no interception performances, and four, 300 yard performances. He is also hitting on 68% of passes, a huge jump from his first few seasons. In his third season, Josh is finally living up to the potential Beane saw in him. He has a very real shot to take Drew Bledsoe’s single season passing record.
- Stats: 3,641 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, 350 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns.
5.2016 LeSean McCoy
- The Bills got LeSean McCoy by trading the “legendary” Kiko Alonso, who was coming off a torn ACL. After a somewhat disappointing 2015 due to injury, Shady put together his third best season of hisl long, 11000 yard career. The numbers don’t do him justice. You need to watch the highlights. The way he could cut, change direct, and out race anyone on the field was jaw dropping. All while lazily carrying the football, and never fumbling, in just 15 games.
- Stats: 1,267 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns.
6.2014 Mario Williams
- The Bills brass essentially held Mario Williams hostage in 2012 to make him sign with Buffalo. William signed the most lucrative defensive contract of all time to play with the Bills. His best season came with the “Cold Front” in 2014. Williams was an absolute unblockable menace. He earned All Pro honors and his third straight double digit sack season.
- Stats: 14.5 Sacks, 19 TFL.
7.2014 Marcell Dareus
- Marcell Dareus became the punchline of many jokes with his inability to stay in game shape. But peak Marcell was an All Pro caliber talent who could generate all sorts of problems up the middle. As part of the “Cold Front” Dareus racked up double digit sacks and All Pro in the middle of that vaunted line.
- Stats: 10 sacks, 12 TFL.
8.2002 Drew Bledsoe
- Prior to Josh Allen, the most prolific passing season this century belonged to Drew Bledow. The former Patriot put together the only 4000 yard season for a Bills quarterback in the 2000s. Bledsoe linked up with Moulds to create a Pro Bowl duo.
- Stats: 4,359 passing yards, 24 touchdowns.
9.2006 Aaron Schobel
- The accomplishments of Aaron Schobel are somewhat lost to the drought. Through nine seasons he ended up 2nd on the Bills sack leaderboard. His best season came in 2006 under the on of many forgettable Dick Jauron 7-9 seasons. Paired with Chris Kelsay, the two combined for 19.5 sacks.
- Stats: 14 sacks, 12 TFL.
10. 2009 Jairus Byrd
- If I was to write a list about best one hit wonders, Byrd would be right at the top. In only 14 games and 11 starts Byrd tied for the league lead in interceptions. Talk about a ball hawk. Though he made two Pro Bowls, he played to the level of his rookie season, and was out of the league shortly after leaving Buffalo.
- Stats: 9 interceptions, 45 tackles.
11.2013 Kyle Williams
- Kyle had such a brilliant career, I couldn’t keep him off this list. His best season came in 2013 under the chaotic Mike Pettine defense. Never a player who’s stats jumped off the page, he has career numbers in sacks and tackles.
- Stats: 10.5 sacks, 68 tackles, 14 TFL.
12. 2005 Brian Moorman
- Brian Moorman was a folk hero to drought era Bills fans. From booming punts, brilliant fakes, and throwing absolute dimes. Moorman was an All Pro in both 2005 and 2006. I am sure Bills fans would have liked to see less of him, but despite the frequency of his punts, he was beloved.
- Stats: Average 45.7 yards per punt. (League lead)
All stats from Pro Football Reference