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What they're saying: Bills players react to their win in Cincinnati


Quarterback Tyrod Taylor

How tough is it to get to halftime and then LeSean McCoy and Robert Woods aren't there?

"It's definitely tough. The production those guys have had this season has definitely been big for us. It's the nature of the game. Injuries happen, so we have to move forward. I wasn't aware of Shady's injury at first, but I knew Robert got hurt. I thought Shady was just out for a couple plays, fatigue wise. After a couple more plays, I realized he wasn't with us. Hopefully we get those guys back on the field as soon as possible."

It's was one of those games where it looked like the defense stepped up for you — one of those gritty, low-scoring games ...

"For sure. We knew going into this game it was going to be a tough game. We didn't know how many points we were going to score of course, but knew it was going to be a tough one and come down to a couple plays. The defense took a challenge on a very explosive offense, a team that has a bunch of playmakers. They went out there and they took the challenge head on, and they played very well. They were able to get us the ball back, and we were able to get points. We just have to get better on the offensive side of the red zone."

You had more yards in the second half after losing McCoy and Woods in the first half. Did you find things you could do?

"It's good to spread the ball around. Mike (Gillislee) came in and ran the ball well, as well as Jonathan (Williams). Reggie (Bush) came in and made plays in the first half, and the big catch that (Brandon) Tate had. Guys are going out there and making plays. It's my job to get them the ball. It wasn't pretty by any means, but we got a win, and that's all that really matters at the end of the day."

Head Coach Rex Ryan*

Initial comments ...

"Clearly we needed that one. Also, I knew it was going to be a dogfight, and I wasn't so sure that it could come down to the last play of the game. That's what it was. That team boasts a lot of talent. They are well-coached. I will say it's a lot easier to play when there isn't a penalty every other play. We kind of fixed that in the second half. We made a few adjustments, and I think we were competitive as heck the whole game. I feel fortunate to win the game, and we deserved it as well."

Stephon Gilmore had two interceptions. Was that what you needed to see from him?

"(I'm) challenging him to be the player that I know he is and he has responded. These last few weeks, he has been as good as any corner in the league. And that's what we need to do and that's what type of play you need from him. We need (Ronald) Darby to step up and have him play well as well. Corey White is right there too. He and Darby don't miss a beat. I thought our preparation throughout the week has been outstanding. We have to play with that type of confidence. We were smart, and we played well."

What did you think of Tyrod's Taylor game?

"It's kind of tough to know, as there were some tough plays. But he made some really good plays. He's a special guy who made some really big plays for us."

What did you think of Kyle Williams?

"He's amazing. I'm glad he's been healthy all year. He's what our Buffalo fans and community ... he represents what this team is all about."

Linebacker Preston Brown

Even with the win today, Coach Ryan was a little deflated because of the injuries. Was there a feeling like that on defense?

"Yeah, it's hard to come out with everyone feeling better and then seeing more guys get hurt. We'll be all right. We have Sammy Watkins coming back next week and some other guys will come back to help us. We'll be all right."

What do you think about the secondary bouncing back?

"It's great. It's a look-at-me-now moment. They had gotten beat a few times earlier on, but now they showed up and grabbed some picks. It's great to see that happen."

Safety Corey Graham

That last drive got a little close for comfort ...

"They're a good team. We knew they'd drive. We were playing conservative, so obviously they were going to get plays. We were playing cover-two, so they were able to hit the check-down, and that's what you give away with that defense. We were trying to take away the deep ball. We knew they'd have time — and they had a chance at the end — but you just have to make a play."

It has been a rough couple of weeks for your unit. Do you feel redeemed with this win?

"Guys played well today. When it's all said and done, you have to make plays. We play defensive back — you either make it, or you miss it. In a game of inches, over the last few weeks a lot of those balls went (the opponents') way. Today the balls went our way. We just have to continue to stay together and grind it out."

What was the difference in the second half?

"We knew what they were doing and we adjusted at half time and were able to make a lot of plays. When it's all said and done, that's what this game is about. They're a good team and they're going to make plays, which means we have to make adjustments to make more plays."

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