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What Mitch Morse, Jerry Hughes + others said after the loss in Tennessee 

Mitch Morse (60) Buffalo Bills vs Tennessee Titans, October 13, 2020 at Nissan Stadium.
Mitch Morse (60) Buffalo Bills vs Tennessee Titans, October 13, 2020 at Nissan Stadium.

Morse: "There's definitely a sense of urgency"

Center Mitch Morse and other Bills veterans described the loss as a learning opportunity.

"I think we all have stuff to learn from this one," Morse said. "There's no easy way to look at it and you can't point fingers except for (at) yourself. Do your job. I know there was plenty of plays I'd like back in that game. We'd like to take the next step as a team. We're going to have to look intrinsically, internally, at what we can all do better. I think it's one of those things where it's not panic, but there's definitely a sense of urgency to get this stuff fixed."

Poyer on injuries to the defense

Safety Jordan Poyer said the absences of cornerback Tre'Davious White and linebacker Matt Milano were no excuse for the tough night on defense.

"It's always the next man up," he said. "Obviously, we want those guys out on the football field. But it's no excuse to go out there and play the way we did, and that's all of us. I'm not pointing out one player, this, that, and the other. That's us as a defense as a whole. When one man goes down, we've got to be able to step up and fill that guy's place."

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A unique situation

Safety Micah Hyde said the Bills were completely focused on the Titans as their opponent despite the possibility that the game could have been postponed. That said, he admitted the waiting game was unlike any situation he'd experienced in his career.

"It's a situation I've never been in in my life, to be honest," he said. "Not knowing who and when you're playing, that's rare. That's rare to happen. But, like I said, that's not an excuse. Yesterday when we traveled down here they said, 'No positive tests, game on.' We hopped on the flight, came down here, and it was on us to be ready to play. We just didn't do that. We didn't come out with our best effort and that's why the score got away from us."

Allen on his night

Quarterback Josh Allen was critical in his self-analysis after passing for 263 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

"We got punched in the mouth early on," Allen said. "I can't do that to our defense, put them in vulnerable situations and allow their offense to have short fields. I did it twice tonight and I took that heavily upon myself. So, we've got to come out and we've got to be faster starters in the game and understand that we can't do that."

Third-down focus

Defensive end Jerry Hughes emphasized the need for the defense to improve on third downs. The Titans went 6-for-10 on third downs Tuesday.

"You've got to tip your hat to them offensively," Hughes said. "They did a good job of keeping us on the field. We've got to be better on third downs. We've got to give our offense a chance to get the ball to work with some good field position. So, for us, it wasn't a good night on defense. We know we can play better so we just got to get the film tomorrow and see how we can learn from this loss and pick up our heads because we know we've got Kansas City next week."

Hughes: "We'll figure it out"

Hughes was asked why he remains confident that the defense will turn its performance around.

"The guys that we have, the way that we came together during the spring when we didn't have the opportunity to be up there in Buffalo," he said. "You had guys who were from all over the U.S. showing up. West coast, Texas, mountain time, it didn't matter. I know the kind of talent, I know the kind of guys we have on this defense.

"It's just about us getting back to what we do best, to fly around to the ball, making turnovers and forcing guys to get off the field on third down. We're just struggling right now because we've had some success in the past on defense. So, now we're getting everyone's best shot. When you get everyone's best shot week in and week out, down in and down out, it doesn't matter. You've just got to be ready."