Here's the Bills news of note for Sept. 26th.
1 - Secondary solid in front of home crowd
The Buffalo Bills revamped secondary has been one of the biggest surprises this season, and for good reason. Through three games they're still yet to allow a passing touchdown. The defense as a whole has allowed only two touchdowns in three games, tying a franchise record. They seem to get an added boost when playing in front of their passionate fans.
"It's huge. Obviously we play half the games at home and you have to have that mentality to defend your dirt. You have to get the crowd into it and make this place a tough place to play. Not only when it's cold but days like Sunday when it was hot. We understand that and coach has been stressing since OTA's and that's our number one goal to play at home and defend our dirt," Micah Hyde said.
Bills 12-year defenseman, Kyle Williams, is encouraged with what he's seeing from the new back end.
"It's a credit to those guys they brought in. The Jordan Poyers, the Micah Hydes, and those guys coming in and playing really well. E.J. Gaines coming in from a trade. Tre'Davious [White] playing really well for a rookie," Williams said.
In the first two games at New Era Field, all of the starting defensive backs already have an interception.
2 - McDermott earns historic win against Broncos
On an 83- degree day, in front of 68,865 people, Sean McDermott became the first head coach in Bills history to win his first two home games.
The first-year head coach knew he wasn't alone on the day. He was very grateful for the enthusiastic fan base.
"We were very appreciative of the fan support throughout the game. Denver had a couple of false start penalties on offense and I give the credit to our fans," McDermott said. "To stay there for four quarters in the heat that is abnormal for this area was phenomenal and very much appreciated on our part."
Sunday's 26-16 win over the Denver Broncos was McDermott's biggest statement he's made as a head coach. The new regime has turned over the roster, but so far it's paying off.
"We've got a resilient group of guys. I think you saw that on the field Sunday… and you saw that in the outcome. I was extremely proud of the way the guys played," McDermott said.
The Week Three victory marks the first time since 2011 that the Bills have won their first two games against AFC opponents.
3 - Players like the fast-paced offense
It may have taken a couple of weeks, but on Sunday the Bills offense was clicking. They started building a swagger we've yet to see, which is quite promising considering it came against a burly Denver Broncos defense.
Coming off a week where the offense didn't find the end zone, it was refreshing to see them find a rhythm. Bills offensive coordinator, Rick Dennison, even had his offensive unit up the tempo on occasion in the game and feels his unit is prepared for more plays in the future with an up-tempo style.
"I think the guys like it. To do that you have to make sure you're on the field and keep grinding… I think they're a very well-conditioned team," Dennison said.
Tyrod Taylor's athleticism meshes well with a fast-paced offense. Against the Broncos he completed 20 passes on 26 attempts, tallying 213 yards. Taylor finished the game with a career high completion percentage (76.9).
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