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What they're saying: Bills stronger up front but need to continue to develop to win close games

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1 - Sean McDermott: ‘Those guys out there battled’

After struggling out of the gate offensively, the Bills battled back in the second half of their Week 6 contest with the Texans. Buffalo scored 13 unanswered second half points, holding a 13-10 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

The Bills’ defense held Houston to a field goal on a late drive, but a last-minute Jonathan Joseph pick-six secured the 20-13 victory for the Texans. Although the result wasn’t ideal, Buffalo coach Sean McDermott liked the resiliency he saw out of his team on Sunday.

“We still continue to develop this football team,” McDermott said. “You saw those guys out there battled. In this type of environment down 10 at the half to come back was a heck of a job by those guys. In the end it wasn’t good enough to win. So we go back and we work.

“You saw some players out there today who probably could’ve done some better things. They were young players so we’ve got to develop those players. Some of whom had their hands on the football and we can’t beat ourselves with penalties. We have to learn from it and move forward and continue to develop and you can’t beat yourself.”

2 - Zay Jones ‘proud’ of Nathan Peterman

Nathan Peterman took over Buffalo’s huddle in the third quarter of Sunday’s game after Josh Allen went down with an elbow injury. Peterman played well initially, connecting with Zay Jones in the back of the end zone to give the Bills a 13-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately, Peterman would be unable to find the end zone again. The second-year man threw two late-game interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

Jones, however, wasn’t discouraged by Peterman’s performance.

“Nate is resilient,” Jones said. “Me personally I’m not worried about Nate. I know the way that he prepares and the way he goes about his business. I’m proud of that guy. I know a lot has been thrown at him. I know a lot of negativity is talked about him. But he’s a fighter and a warrior and he inspires me personally to go hard every day.”

3 - Nathan Peterman eager to learn from loss

While Peterman was obviously upset with the outcome of the game, he doesn’t feel as though the team’s performance was without positive takeaways. The quarterback thinks that he and his teammates will learn from the loss.

“It’s tough,” Peterman said. “You put everything you have into winning the game. It hurts for my teammates. Everybody out there for 60 minutes, giving it all they had, trying to come in here and help us win and didn’t do it today. I’m going to learn from it and take it day-by-day.”

4 - Lorenzo Alexander: ‘We were better than them up front’

Buffalo’s defense was incredibly stout on Sunday, limiting the Texans to just 216 net yards. The unit took Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson down seven times, a season-high. The front seven also forced Watson to fumble the ball three times.

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who recorded 1.5 sacks and an interception on the day, feels as though Buffalo’s defense simply overpowered the Texans’ offensive line in the contest.

“I wouldn’t say it was scheme, I think we felt like we were better than them up front,” Alexander said. “Obviously, (Deshaun) Watson makes it special with his ability to run and stuff, with him being a little knicked up I think he was staying inside of the pocket a little bit more and a little bit more hesitant as far as getting out. Obviously, he still made some plays, but we were able to get him down, create some forced fumbles, obviously, get an interception off of him today, a couple.

“But we have to be able to finish games, I mean that’s what it’s all about in the NFL. The games normally come down to two minutes at the end and we have to figure out a way to get off the field and get the ball back to our offense again.”

5 - Jordan Poyer on stellar defensive play

Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer got in on the takeaway fest, intercepting a Watson lob in the second quarter. The defensive back feels as though the Bills’ defense gained strength and confidence as the game progressed.

“I think we just started to get a feel for what they were trying to do offensively,” Poyer said. “We had them on their heels, starting taking the football away and our D-line was putting pressure on the quarterback and got him to make some mistakes. I thought we played pretty well. We left some plays out there, but I thought we played pretty well.”

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