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What Dion Dawkins, Josh Allen, Dean Marlowe + others said about beating the Patriots | Week 8

Dean Marlowe (31) and Damiere Byrd (10) Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots, November 1, 2020 at Bills Stadium. Photo by Bill Wippert
Dean Marlowe (31) and Damiere Byrd (10) Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots, November 1, 2020 at Bills Stadium. Photo by Bill Wippert

Dawkins: "This isn't our Super Bowl"

Dion Dawkins was still playing at Temple when the Bills last beat the Patriots in 2016. While he admitted that earning a victory over the divisional rival for the first time was sweet, he said the team has bigger plans than a Week 8 victory.

"This is the first time that I have been a part of beating the Patriots," he said. "This is a good feeling, but this isn't our Super Bowl. This is just another game for us. We have to play them again. We understand that the Patriots are a great team still. They have all of the pieces. They still have their head coach, they still have their willpower. They still have their championship players. This isn't the Super Bowl for us. This is just a victory and we know we have to come with it the next time we face the Patriots."

Marlowe on the game-winning fumble recovery

As the Patriots were marching down the field at the end of the game, all the Bills needed was to get a stop and they did. Justin Zimmer punched the ball out of Cam Newton's arm, and it was recovered by Dean Marlowe. Marlowe touched on that defensive play that won the game for the Bills. 

"Big credit to Justin [Zimmer] and the whole defensive line, the whole unit with that play, and their great work ethic," Marlowe stated. "He made a great play at a great time and I happened to be there. I saw the ball came out, hopped on it and that's all she wrote right there. On defense, we told each other we had to make a play, we had to come up big and come up strong. The only way that we would win this game is if all 11 played together, did our jobs and someone came away with a turnover."

Allen on the emergence of the Bills rushing attack

The Bills running game was very effective in today's game against the Patriots. Both running backs rushed for at least 80 yards, and Josh Allen couldn't be prouder of them. He talked about the run-game after today's game. 

"It's kudos to our guys up front working their tails off during the week in practice," Allen said. "Making sure that we had an added emphasis on trying to get the run game going and they went out there they played their tails off. We play in Buffalo; this isn't the last time we're going to have weather like this. We have to be able to run the ball when the other team knows we're going to run it. That's what we did tonight, so we have to continue to keep working hard and again find ways to move the ball through the air or on the ground. I'm super proud of our guys, and how we performed today."

Hughes on the big win against the Patriots

Jerry Hughes' record against the Patriots is now 3-12 throughout his career as a Buffalo Bill. He had a sack in the game and talked after about how hard the team worked to prepare to beat this team.

"It's great to have this win honestly, and we worked hard this week," Hughes said. "We knew coming into the game it was going to be a smash-mouth game. We're familiar with them, and they are familiar with us, so it was exciting to get this win. Every win in the NFL is hard so anytime you can finish a game with the W, I'm always happy and excited."

Singletary on the effective Bills running game

Both of the Bills running backs had their best games of the season today against the Patriots. Devin Singletary rushed 14 times for 86 yards for an average of 6.1 yards per carry and is the first time he has rushed for over 50 yards since Week 4. Singletary talked about the emphasis the team put on the running game today. 

"It was a big emphasis on the run game this week in practice, and it showed in the game. All week we knew we were going to run the ball and the big guys up front were getting a lot of movement, making our jobs easier on the back end."