Posted October 01, 2017 at 06:37 PM | Updated October 01, 2017 at 06:37 PM
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The Buffalo Bills pulled off another upset Sunday, beating the Denver Broncos, 26-16.
Among the main topics after the game were the defense’s strong game, the emotion in the locker room and being in first place in the AFC East.
Read the full transcript of the post-game news conference, as supplied by the Falcons.
On the emotion in the locker room after the win:
“I’m happy for the team. Those guys worked hard, the coaches worked hard, the players worked extremely hard. We have a group of hard workers. The coaches put together a good game plan across the board and they stayed with it. This is a tough place to play. They are the defending NFC Champions, with one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Things didn’t always go our way. We had some things we would like back so we have some work we have to do in that regard, but I am just extremely happy with the way the guys battled, they are a very resilient group and extremely appreciative of the fans that showed up to cheer us on. I can’t say enough about that. It was just a great showing by our fans both from Buffalo and from this region that just showed up. I really appreciate the support.”
On the key to defense for last four downs of the game in the red zone:
“We communicated. The guys did a really good job of communicating. Defensive Coordinator, Leslie Frazier, put them in defenses that obviously worked out for us and credit to the entire defensive staff and the players. They were on top of their game. Really this all started back on Monday with the work that they put in. We just have to continue to grow and get better. Obviously, we didn’t play our best game and we have to continue to grow and get better and that’s what good teams do and that’s what is really in front of us. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of the guys, of this staff and everyone in the building, this is a great organizational win.”
On the importance of forcing turnovers:
“It was huge. You are talking about three turnovers that led to points. That is huge in this game and the players know that. They know what stats relate to winning and it was a huge turn of momentum early in the second half. We just came up with some big plays at the right time and then the offense went on a big-time drive. Our offensive line took over the game, our backs ran well and we mixed in some play action, it was good to see. All in all, it was a good game and then special teams-wise, what more can you say about K Stephen Hauschka and the operation up front. He certainly doesn’t kick it on his own, the hold and the snap from Reid [Ferguson] was tremendous. Stephen Hauschka was in a groove and really all three phases played well. There are certainly things to work on in all three phases. We have some guys banged up. We have to re-group and looking forward to getting home and continue to get better.”
On the impact the play of DE Jerry Hughes had on the game:
“When you are going against a great quarterback like Matt Ryan you have to make him uncomfortable. I thought we did that at times. I thought we could have done more of it. It is never enough against a quarterback like this. Anytime a quarterback like this has the ball in his hand on the last drive it is touch and go. Our guys stood up, it was gut check time and they did a great job.”