1. Pat DiMarco: Force to be reckoned with
The Buffalo Bills are 5-1 and still have their best football ahead of them. Multiple players in the locker room admit that they haven’t put together a full 60 minutes of football yet and in order to do that they will keep working on what’s gotten them this far.
“It feels good,” fullback Patrick DiMarco said. “You’re right we haven’t put 60 minutes of football together and all three phases. I think when that happens, we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with. We just have to continue the process, keep working. We’re going out there every day and just grinding. It’s kind of what’s gotten us this far so just working really hard to go out there and keep executing to the best of our ability.”
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2. Buffalo is getting Philadelphia’s best
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said his team is “mad” on Wednesday. The Eagles are “upset and disappointed” and want to rebound from their last two games – losses at Minnesota and at Dallas. The Bills might be getting an extra motivated Eagles team this week.
“All teams are hungry, you saw last week Miami wanted to get their first win, we were hungry to get our fifth one,” safety Micah Hyde said. “We're hungry to get our sixth and they're hungry to get their fourth one. So you know in this league anybody can compete with anybody. It's not the junior varsity versus varsity. They got a bunch of skill players that can take a game over. We got a bunch of skill players to take them over so there's going to be a competitive matchup. Both teams have to be ready.”
3. Offense expects to cross the goal line
When the Bills get into the red zone they expect a touchdown. Buffalo is ranked No. 2 in the NFL in red zone touchdown percentage at 68.75%.
“You just hit the nail on the head. It’s really kill or be killed and we understand that when we get into the red zone that we have to come up with points and get into the end zone,” left tackle Dion Dawkins said. “Sometimes it’s three but we are pushing for seven and that’s where the mentality that every time we get there we have to get on the board.”
4. Buffalo focused on bigger picture
The Bills need to correct their mistakes every week. For Buffalo the main problems have been pre-snap penalties and turnovers. If Buffalo can correct those and play fundamentally sound wins should continue to come.
“Yeah, it's more about the bigger picture and where we want to be,” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “I think Sean does a great job of focusing on the process and not the result. Because he understands like what I just said. Eventually, if you are undisciplined, it will lead to a bad result more consistently than you maybe getting lucky or somebody stepping up like Tre’Davious White did last week and having two big turnovers. You can't always count on those type of plays, but you can always rely on your fundamentals and discipline.”
5. Tre’Davious White surprised with the player of the week honor
Tre’Davious White was named AFC defensive player of the week after his five-tackle, one interception and one forced fumble performance against the Dolphins.
“It’s pretty sweet.” White said. “Coach kind of surprised me and pulled it up on a TV while we were in meetings. We’ve been in the building since seven o’clock and I didn’t have my phone on me. I was surprised by it.”
“I felt like those type of accolades always come if the team wins. So, we’re winning and people are starting to pay attention but I mean as long as we win that’s all that matters at the end of the day, the individual things will come after that.”