1. Dion Dawkins experienced this life-changing moment last weekend
Dion Dawkins had quite the weekend.
The Buffalo Bills starting left tackle left the team on Saturday night from Miami to witness the birth of his daughter Dalilah. He then rejoined the team on Sunday in time to play in Sunday's 37-20 victory over Miami.
It involved two private jets, a race from the airport, for what Dawkins calls “the greatest moment of his life.”
Hear Dawkins recount the story here.
2. Defense ready for increased workload for stretch run
At 7-3, Tre’Davious White doesn’t know where the Bills currently sit in the playoff race.
“We’re on the outside looking in,” White said.
But the fact of the matter is that Buffalo currently holds the top spot in the Wild Card race with a one game lead over the Houston Texans for the fifth seed. White’s tone changed when he heard the Bills were in the Wild Card.
“That’s not safe,” White said. “Each and every week we have to go out and win every game to separate ourselves in November and December.”
Buffalo has six games remaining this season and has the sixth-toughest schedule of any team in the NFL. The Bills will play the 6-4 Cowboys, 8-2 Ravens, and 9-1 Patriots. The Cowboys and Patriots games are on the road.
“It’s a one-game season each week and our goal is to go 1-0 every weekend,” White said. “If we continue to prepare well and believe in the game plan and scheme and do things that we’re supposed to do then we’ll be fine each and every game that we go into.”
The defense has been the difference maker for the Bills this season. In order to continue the success, Buffalo will keep preaching the same ideals as Week 1; take the ball away and hit the quarterback. So far, 16 players on the Bills have recorded at least half a sack, including White with one.
“It’s a testament to the type of guys that we got and the freedom that we have on the defense to pretty much send anybody,” White said. “It took me three years to get one and I’m very proud of it.”
The Bills have an even amount of takeaways (12) and giveaways this season.
“It’s putting yourself in positions to do it and then just being the right situation,” White said. “We got one last week and we got to get another one. If we just play team football and put ourselves in position when the ball is there and take the ball or try to punch it out we’ll be fine.”
The Bills rank third in total defense this season and third in scoring defense. As a top group in the NFL they’ll be asked to carry their share of the load during the stretch run of the season.
3. Devin Singletary a top pass-blocker in the NFL according to PFF
Per Pro Football Focus, at 5-feet-7-inches Devin Singletary is one of the top pass-blocking running backs in the NFL. With a grade of 92.1 he leads running backs with Rex Burkhead is the next player with an 85.6 grade.
Singletary is ready to take on anyone, including Von Miller.
“If it happens, they call me on it, I’m happy to do it,” Singletary said.
Singletary has learned a lot from Frank Gore but his own work-ethic at it is what makes him so proficient.
“First off, it’s a mindset,” Singletary said. “It’s definitely a mindset. But we can keep working on our technique and everything else will take care of itseld.”