1 - Hauschka's historic two-week stretch
Bills kicker, Stephen Hauschka, made NFL history against the Atlanta Falcons. He is the first kicker to make multiple 53-plus yard field goals in consecutive games.
In the last two games he's perfect from 53-yards or further. The 10-year veteran discussed what he sees from those distances. !(http://bufbills.co/COVsQ1)
"Sometimes it's easier to do it from long distance than it is other places on the field. It's just something about the visuals of what you got," Hauschka said.
The team's first-year kicker nailed the distant field goals in the most critical part of the game. With five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter the game was tied 17-17. The next six points would come from the leg of Hauschka. It would secure the 23-17 win for Buffalo.
"For us we had kind of a line that we were comfortable kicking the ball Sunday," Hauschka said. "At the end of the game we needed some points so I gave the thumbs up. I wanted the kicks and coach wanted me out there."
2 - Milano expected to fill Humber's spot
Sunday's win against the Atlanta Falcons came at a cost. The team endured a number of injuries. One of the most notable was to linebacker Ramon Humber, who's the team leader in tackles.
Humber is among the leaders in the NFL in tackles. He ranks fifth in the league with 37.
Rookie Matt Milano is expected to fill the hole Humber's injury leaves behind.
"At this point yes. I thought Matt did some good things in the game… we're getting contributions from our young players," Sean McDermott said. "I look forward to Matt continuing to improve this week on his individual performance."
Milano finished the game with three tackles in 34 snaps of action. The team's fifth-round pick discussed the week leading up to the Falcons game.
"All week I've been working and when I'm not in I've been taking mental reps," he said. "We don't get a lot of reps as number two during the week, so you just got to be on your game all week mentally and when you get put in there you've just got to make plays."
3 - Focus put on Clay with Matthews' injury**
If Sunday's game wasn't indicative enough, Charles Clay is the team's number one receiver. With Jordan Matthews out indefinitely, he'll get a lot of attention from opposing defenses.
Clay got cooking early in the game against the Atlanta Falcons. Their solution defensively to slow him down was to put a linebacker and safety on him. That may be a more familiar sight moving forward with the injury at wide receiver.
Offensive coordinator, Rick Dennison, talked about how they'll approach situations like that.
"All we can do is what we can do. We can see what we see on film, put together a game plan, and the quarterback has a place to get the ball," he said. "We'll put together something that works to our strengths. Know where we want to put the ball and match it up to what their defense presents."
Clay's production did slow down a little after he received more attention from Atlanta's defense. The tight end still managed to reel in big plays downfield later in the game. He finished the day with 112-yards receiving.
"He's running fast and playing fast. Sunday was exceptional," Dennison said.
Clay leads the Bills in receiving yards, touchdowns, and targets. That likely won't change while Matthews is recovering from thumb surgery.
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