Thank you to the fans
Nashville felt like Orchard Park on Sunday. Thousands of Bills fans traveled down south to see Buffalo beat Tennessee and the coaches and players took notice.
"I want to open up by thanking the fans, what a fan-following down here," head coach Sean McDermott said. "Unbelievable. I don't think I have ever seen it like that at an away game. Fans, great job. As we pulled in on the bus as I looked to my left, a couple of parking lots away from here, and it was all Bills fans and it was awesome. I really appreciate that, the players felt it, the staff felt it. Good to get a win on the road. A lot of guys stepped up. We had some guys go down, a lot of guys were prepared, stepped in and did a good job. A good team win in all three phases contributed."
"(The Bills fans) took that ride," wide receiver Duke Williams said. "They traveled and they came here and made it a home game for us. We were comfortable. We played our game and we played our style. We worked hard all week long. The defense played a hell of a game, and they kept giving us the ball back. We had to execute, but the fans played a big part as well. It's a big shout out to them."
"Bills mafia is legit man, they won this game," safety Micah Hyde said. "They continue to impress us, we understand it is Nashville and as soon as the schedule came out they circled it. A lot of my family came down here form Ohio and Buffalo. We love Bills Mafia, we love what they do for us week in and week out and guess what – we have three straight home games coming up."
Duke Williams made his NFL debut. Promoted from the practice squad on Saturday afternoon, Williams caught four passes for 29 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
Josh Allen gave him the game ball after the win.
"Just from what he's been through. Like I said, his story's pretty awesome. For him to play in his first NFL game and play the way he did and make a crucial catch for a touchdown there. I just wanted to let him know that I appreciate him," Allen said.
"My favorite part of today was Duke Williams," tight end Lee Smith said. "I've spent a good number of years in this league and I've seen so many different people and guys that come and go. He's special. There's just something about him that's different. He's going to keep playing good ball, we're not going to give him his gold jacket yet but I can promise you that everyone in this locker room loves that dude."
Duke gave his thoughts following his season debut.
"First of all, I have to thank the Most High. Without Him I wouldn't be in this position. All the credit to Him," Williams said. "I just want to thank my teammates, thank the coaches, the GM and everybody in the organization for giving me this opportunity. The crazy thing is I was crying before this game in the mirror, because it took me a long time to get back here. I know everybody was probably like, 'He isn't going to do it.' But, I just stayed down. I had to humble myself, grow as a man, and start to put everybody else first beside myself. It's not about me, it's about our team. That's what I'm going to continue to do."
Bills fans traveled near and far to support the team during their Week 5 game against the Titans. Scroll through to see photos of the faithful.
O-line stepping in
The Bills were limited on the offensive line. Ty Nsekhe was inactive and both Mitch Morse and Cody Ford left the game leaving Spencer Long and Ryan Bates at the right guard and tackle spots while Jon Feliciano moved over to center.
"Our coaches and our organization does a good job of getting people here to create depth," left tackle Dion Dawkins said. "Whether I went down, or whoever, they put everybody in a good position that if anything ever went left, somebody could step in. That's just a view of what these coaches have been doing here, just creating depth."
"It's amazing," Bates said. "Us offensive linemen, our room, we're a close room. We're a bunch of close-knit guys. We're all close together. We play as one, we don't play as a single person. We play as one. Five together as a unit. That's what we did today. They wanted us to run the ball, we ran the ball. I think our offensive line did a great job today. I was really excited to get in there. It was another opportunity when someone went down, and I thought I made the most of it today."
Micah Hyde knows Bills defense will play better
Safety Micah Hyde didn't feel like they played their best defense on Sunday, actually he felt they had a bad game.
"We just went out and played. We're not here to make statements. We didn't play our best football," Hyde said. "We gave up seven points and I felt like we played a bad game. We gave up some big plays late in the game when we should have gotten off the field. We'll watch the film and make corrections going into this bye week, and get some healthy bodies back and try to make a run for it."
Darryl Johnson's keeping his jersey
The rookie seventh round pick made his presence known with his first career sack and a blocked kick.
"I tipped it," Darryl Johnson said. "I've been telling them all day, 'We're going to get one.' We'd been getting penetration all game and I was like '(Lorenzo Alexander), let's go get it.' That's what we did. We had to go get it, and we made a play."
"It was amazing," Johnson said. "I'm going to keep my jersey for my first career sack. It wasn't the perfect, 'make a move and the highlight,' but it was my first one and that means a lot to me."