A lot of emotion came from the Bills after their 20-17 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon. The team's second loss of the season puts them at 0-2 in the AFC East Division, but the team is pulling for one another and plans to learn from the game and get back on track next week against the 7-1 Minnesota Vikings.
Here's what Bills players had to say after the loss.
Teammates rally around Allen
Frustration was visible in QB Josh Allen throughout Sunday's game and when reflecting on his performance in his post-game media availability. Allen shared that in a game where you only get so many drives, you have to make them count and he didn't do that against the Jets.
"It's tough to win in this league when you're playing a good team and your quarterback plays like s--t," Allen said. "Made some bad decisions tonight, really cost our team."
Allen rushed for the only two Bills touchdowns of the day and led the team with 86 rushing yards, but that close to satisfactory in the eyes of quarterback. Allen ended the day with two interceptions and completed 18 of 34 pass attempts for 204 yards. His own miscues throwing the ball are at the root of his frustration.
"Our defense goes out there, they play their tails off and get us a turnover in the red zone and I give it right back," Allen said. "That's something I can't do."
While Allen was harsh on himself, his teammates said after the game they have his back and it's not just one guy.
"I'm going to tell you the truth, I love the kid," OL Dion Dawkins said. "Josh is always going to put it on himself when it's really not himself. So, I ride for him to the end of this world, and we love Josh. And it's not about Josh, it's not about the center, it's not about the running back, it's not about the Diggs, it's the whole unit. We win, we lose, as a group."
After playing with Allen for three seasons now, WR Stefon Diggs knows how hard he can be on himself when plays don't go his way.
"One thing I know about Josh, and as you can see what kind of player he is, he leads us the best way he knows how," Diggs said. "He makes a lot of plays out there. So, rallying behind him at a time like this – I mean, turnovers are gonna happen. You hate 'em, but shit does happen."
For the couple of bad plays Allen felt he had, Diggs credited him for making a lot of great throws and running the ball. But with another game to look forward to next Sunday, Diggs is confident that Allen is going to shake this loss off.
"As far as like getting back on the grind and get back to being us, turnovers are going to happen," Diggs said. "Our quarterback is the best quarterback in the league. To me, he can do no wrong."
Using the loss as "good medicine"
Communicate, execute better, and make necessary adjustments – three early takeaways to build on from Sunday's team performance. And Stefon Diggs has an idea of how to succeed in those areas on the field.
"We know how to adjust, we know how to make the throws, we know how to catch the ball," Diggs said. "We just got to continue to be us. I feel like this is the ebbs and flows of the season, especially when you got a good team, being under that microscope."
Diggs credited the Jets for coming out with a game plan and adjusting accordingly in the second half, which allowed them to shut down the Bills and come away with the win. And from a receiver perspective, Diggs wants to reciprocate that going forward so he can get open and make plays for Allen.
"It's more so putting that mirror in front of you and saying like 'What can I do better,"' Diggs said. "And if everybody is doing that, I feel like we're gonna continue to reach our standard and play at our standard. And if not, when you shoot for the stars, you hit the moon."
The Bills expect themselves to get refocused quickly in preparation for the Vikings.
But that focus goes beyond just the team's next opponent, it also applies to the must-win divisional matchups on the schedule. And even after losing their second divisional game thus far, LB Von Miller is not panicking.
"Still no panic, we got a great team," Miller said. "We'll see those guys again; we'll see the Dolphins again. We still got six more divisional games. We just got to get back in the lab. We just got to take it one play at a time, one practice at a time, really debrief and take a look at ourselves."
And Miller is already feeling confident heading into Week 10 when the team welcomes the Vikings to town.
"We still got a great group of guys in there," Miller said. "We're gonna get Tre'Davious White back and I'm excited. It was good medicine and just gotta reload and get ready for a good Vikings team."
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