The following are post-game notes and quotes from the Detroit Lions’ 14-17 loss against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, October 5, 2014 as provided by the Detroit Lions.
WR GOLDEN TATE
- WR Golden Tate led the Lions offense with 7 catches for a career single-game high 134 yards and one touchdown. Tate’s 134 yard-effort surpassed his previous best of 129 yards vs. St. Louis December 29, 2013.
- His 9-yard touchdown catch was his first since signing with the Lions in 2014.
- Today’s 134-yard effort marks the first time in Tate’s career he has registered 100 yards in back-to-back games. He also had 116 yards last week at the New York Jets (9/28).
- In the past two games, Tate has caught a total of 15 receptions for 250 yards. Both tallies represent a career two-game high for Tate. In receptions, he surpassed his 14 catches he registered in the final game of the 2013 season (8, vs. StL 12/29/13) and in the first game of 2014 (6, vs. NYG 9/8). With 250 receiving yards, Tate broke his previous two-game high of 222 yards set in both games mentioned above.
LB DEANDRE LEVY
- LB DeAndre Levy led the Lions with 13 tackles (12 solo) as he reached 10+ tackles in his third-consecutive game. The only other time in his career he has had a streak of at least three-straight games of 10+ tackles occurred in 2011 when he registered 10+ tackles four games in a row (10 at Dal, 10/2/11; 13 vs. Chi 10/10/11; 12 vs. SF 10/16/11; 10 vs. Atl 10/23/11).
- Levy’s 13 tackles match his second-highest single-game tally of his career (13 vs. Chi 10/10/11).
LB ASHLEE PALMER
- LB Ashlee Palmer registered his first sack of the season and second sack of his career when he dropped Bills QB Kyle Orton for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, pinning Buffalo back to the Bills 2-yard line.
- Palmer became the ninth different Lions defensive player to notch sacks this season. Overall, the team has tallied 12 sacks.
DE GEORGE JOHNSON
- DE George Johnson recorded a sack against Buffalo, giving him 2.5 sacks this season to lead the team.
CB RASHEAN MATHIS
- CB Rashean Mathis picked off a Bills pass and returned the interception 41 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter against Buffalo. The interception was his first of the season and 31st of his career.
- The interception return for a touchdown was Mathis’ first with the Lions and fourth-career “pick-six”. His interception touchdown was his first since he had a 72-yard interception return touchdown vs. Pittsburgh October 5, 2008.
LIONS RUSH DEFENSE
- The Detroit Lions rush defense held the Buffalo Bills to 49 yards on the ground, which is the lowest tally allowed this season by the Lions.
- In the past 13 games (since Week 10 of 2013), the Lions have yielded less than 50 rushing yards in a game six times.
- Through five games, the Lions rush defense has allowed just 74.4 yards per game. It marks the lowest opponent rushing total through the first five games of the season since 1950 (354 yards, 70.8 yards per game).
LIONS HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL
Opening Statement: “Obviously, a tough one to lose. You certainly have to give credit to Buffalo. They did a nice job of containing us in the run, put some pressure on our quarterback as well and did a nice job overall. But then also when you look at us, anytime you leave points on the table in this league, obviously it’s bound to come back and haunt you. They did a great job of taking advantage of those opportunities. The interception that they converted to points was also obviously one of those turning points where they get a good feeling that they’re back into the ballgame. But nevertheless, in this league there’s no lead that’s safe. If you can’ extend it, you’re going to have some problems down the stretch. We had some difficulty in our kicking game, which is obvious, which is an area that we’re going to have to look at to continue to try to improve, that’s key. But there’s a couple of things that this game told us and one of them you already know, the other is obviously something we don’t. Number one is that regardless if we won or lost this game, we still have to go back and go to work. We’ve got to work on our weaknesses and the areas where we didn’t perform well and that’s something that’s extremely important in this league. You’ve got to continue to improve every single week. Number two, all this tells us in terms of this loss is the fact that we won’t go 15-1. No other guarantees beyond that. You don’t know what it’s going to look like in the future. Nobody knows beyond today, but it’s up to us to pave our way and to come back from this particular loss. Right now, we’ve got a few guys that are banged up, we’ve got to lick our wounds, get ourselves back in order and come back out ready to go next week.”
On missing three field goals: “One of the things that I’ll continue to say and that goes for me or anyone else that plays this game, in this league, it’s a performance-based league, plain and simple and you have to perform. Anyone that doesn’t, we take a look and see if we can improve that one way or another. That’s our obligation to obviously our fans, our team, our organization. So, we’ll do just that.”
On WR Calvin Johnson’s health status: “I won’t be certain if it’s a long-term issue, but he did take a pretty good whack right there on the side of his leg. They looked at it, but they’ll evaluate him further probably tomorrow and will get a good look at him. Reggie (Bush) is probably another name you’ll ask about because he obviously came out of the game and we’ll also see what’s happening with him as well.”
On why the team has had kicking issues and if he can pinpoint the problem: “I wish I could. It’s just the way it is. It’s a performance-based issue and we haven’t performed very well in a couple of ball games, and in those couple of games it’s cost us.”
On the offensive line’s play today and QB Matthew Stafford not having many opportunities to throw downfield: “I think I have to look at that and kind of take a look. One of the things that you have to understand too is that sacks are sometimes due to coverage and nobody getting open. Obviously, the timing is off a little bit. It also has to do with the protection phase of it. It may not only be the offensive line, it could be tight ends, it could be backs. It’s also the timing of the quarterback too in terms of getting the ball out as well. We have to look at all of those things and I’m sure we’ll be able to look at it and narrow it down and get back to where we should be in that area.”
On how he would evaluate Stafford’s performance and completing 17-of-30 passes: “Overall, I’m not certain if that was exactly what it was, but I know without question he’s played better. And I know he thinks he can play better, but he can’t do it alone either. We have to look at all of those things. Matt will be alright, don’t worry about him. He’ll be fine.”
On how Stafford is physically: “At this point he’s ok, it appears. Often times you have to wait 24 hours before you get a real sense of where you are physically.”
On what he was trying to accomplish on third down after WR Golden Tate’s long play: “Get a first down, that’s what we’re trying to accomplish. We’re trying to convert it. If we could, we’re in good shape. If it wasn’t too long to go for it on fourth down, we may have considered it. But it was within range and we just didn’t perform, didn’t get it done.”
On if 50 yards is within K Alex Henery’s range: “It was within range, yeah.”
On if he had any thoughts of going for it on fourth down instead of trying the field goal: “Not in that situation. Not where that one is. You’ve been around football a long time. I know you’re just asking a question because you have to ask it, but in that situation, with the game in the situation it was with the score as it was, your opportunities kind of narrow down a little bit. Your choices are narrowed down.”
On why he called a play before the two-minute warning on third down: “Trying to get an extra play. That was our issue there. We were trying to get another play, trying to get something going in that situation and we had scoring on our mind more so than anything else rather than trying to play for the tie. That didn’t hurt us, we ended up catching the ball and going down the field if you zero in on that play. You’re just looking for something to write. That play had no bearing on it. Nevertheless, we’ve got to get better. That’s the plan, basic fact.”
On what he told Henery before and after his last field goal chance: “It just kind of depends on the situation. I certainly don’t want to talk to you or tell you what I said to him in private. That’s between he and I and the rest of the coaching staff. This is the big leagues, plain and simple. If I don’t do my job right, the same thing will happen. All of us are called into question in that regard. We’ve got to perform.”
On RB George Winn’s performance: “I thought he was gritty, which we knew we’d get a real gritty performance from George. He’s a good, tough runner and he’s going to try to get you the tough yards. I think he did that. Was he perfect? No, but I do think he gave us a yeoman’s effort.”
LIONS QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
On how limited they were at the end without WR Calvin Johnson and RB Reggie Bush: “We had our limitations, obviously with personnel, but that was a good defense that we played, well-coached and had a good scheme coming in. They have a good front and a good back end. They’re a very well-rounded defense.”
On how limited he was with his injury: “Nothing much after that, I was ok.”
On how frustrating it was to watch three missed field goals: “Anytime you miss opportunities it’s frustrating, whether it’s in the kicking game or on offense or defense. We all had our hand in this one. You win as a team and lose as team. We all had plays the we could have done better at.”
On how he deals with this type of loss: “You move on. You just have to. As a player, put that behind you and go out and try to create another drive if you get the opportunity.”
On if he would have liked to go for the first down on fourth down rather than kick the field goal: “No, I think we did the right thing.”
On what they were trying to accomplish with the third-down screen on their last drive: “If you look at the pictures we had a great play behind it. (Jerry) Hughes did a great job of being an athlete, jumping up and batting that ball. If he doesn’t do that we have three linemen out front and it’s a good picture. Possibly getting a first down there at least, really shortening that field goal. It’s a good play by him, you have to tip your hat to him.”
On why they did not attack down field much: “I think their corners were playing very deep ball-conscious and they were aggressive with their safeties but playing over the top with their corners. Again, it was a good scheme, they clouded the middle of the field quite a bit. They had a lot of guys in between the hashes and trusted their corners to play one-on-one outside. They were effective.”
LIONS G ROB SIMS
On if Buffalo was doing something to take away the short routes from QB Matthew Stafford: “I’m not sure what was going on in the back. I don’t even want to make that kind of an excuse right now. Period, end, we just didn’t play well enough up front. That’s just what happened. They got us on a couple of plays that normally we don’t get hit on. We had a couple of penalties, that’s not like us as well. It showed, all of those things together add up to a really bad game.”
On how he feels physically to this point in the season: “Right now I’m feeling good. I’m feeling good, I feel like I’m able to do all of the things that I want to do. Just had a rough one.”
On his impression of Buffalo’s defensive line: “Good. They’re really good, even without Kyle Williams, they’re really good and they showed it.”
LIONS RB REGGIE BUSH
On how tough this loss is: “It’s tough, it’s tough in general. I don’t know where it ranks, but it’s a tough loss for us and we had plenty of opportunities to win the game and we just didn’t get it done. We have to find a way to get better this week and get ready for Minnesota.”
On if injuries had anything to do with the poor running game: “I don’t know. I mean, we just have to do a better job at obviously running the ball, but just being more efficient running backs starting with us. We can do a better job. I’m not sure if it’s injuries or what, but obviously we want to get as healthy as quickly as possible. If we’re not in there then we’re not able to help.”
On how he feels physically: “I don’t know, I feel good but we’ll see. I’ll speak to the doctors and trainers and we’ll take the necessary precautions to do whatever I need to do to get healthy for this week.”
On how good the Bills run defense is: “They’re good, they’re really good. They did a good job of slowing the run game down and did a good job of slowing down our pass. It was a tough day for us today.”
LIONS WR GOLDEN TATE (On the Detroit Lions Radio Network, 97.1 FM The Ticket)
On his personal performance being significant after a loss: “Doesn’t at all. There are some plays we left out there. We can’t leave points on the board like that. I think defensively we did a good job holding it down. They only gave up 17 points for the game. What more can you ask for? I think we’ve got to do a better job at staying on schedule, keeping the QB off the ground and quite frankly, our receivers and backs just got to find ways to make more plays.”
On what he saw on the catch that led to the last FG attempt: “It was just a great play call by coach and even better throw by Matt (Stafford). I mean, he put it where I was catching it in stride and from then on I just had to do what I do. I’ve got to find a way to obviously score on that to seal the deal, but overall it was just a great play call and great throw.”
LIONS WR GOLDEN TATE (Open locker room)
On if the Bills defense was doing anything to take away short routes from the receivers: “They didn’t do anything from my perspective that we didn’t know they were going to. I thought we had a pretty good game plan in there. It sucks to lose Calvin (Johnson) like that, obviously we needed him a little more right there late in the game. Matt (Stafford) was uncomfortable a lot of the game because they were getting back there and finding ways to get him down. I mean, let’s not take anything away from Buffalo, they have a really good team. I thought they played some good ball especially on the road.”
On if it was difficult playing the rest of the game without Johnson and RB Reggie Bush: “Yeah it is tough, but I think we have enough play-makers like myself, (Eric) Ebron, even (George) Winn showed out. Our rookie came in and had some big plays for us. Ryan Broyles, I think we have play-makers. I think we have a great game plan going into each game. If you look back we had tons of opportunities to score and I believe we left nine points on special teams and that can’t happen in this league.”
LIONS DT NDAMUKONG SUH
On allowing more yards in the second half: “I don’t know, I’d have to go back and look at the film. I feel like we did some good things. We obviously let them move the ball a little bit late in the game to set up for a field goal. At the end of the day, we didn’t do enough on defense to hold them from scoring and that’s what it comes down to.”
On how disheartening the kicking game has been: “For me, that’s not something for me to worry about. All I can do is continue to play defense and put us in position to get the ball back to the offense. I can’t worry about things that are out of my control. At the end of the day, I know Alex (Henery) is a hard-working person and I’ll continue to root for him as well as any other guy that comes in if that may be the decision.”
On if he noticed any adjustments that the Bills made in between halves: “I wouldn’t say so. The only thing that I did notice was that they tried to get the ball out very quickly, try to run slants and get the ball across the field and allow their playmakers to make plays. We needed to get to the quarterback more often.”
On how hard this loss is: “At the end of the day, a wise man said, ‘All this means is that we’re not going to be 15-1.’ We have to continue to play and make sure that we understand we have to go back to work on Monday and take care of business.”
LB DEANDRE LEVY
On it being a more frustrating loss because of the missed field goals: “I mean, it’s frustrating whenever you lose, but I don’t think I played well enough to point the finger at anybody.”
On moving on after playing well enough to win: “If we played well enough to win we would have won. We left some plays out there, we had a lead. Defensively, it’s our job to protect it.”
On how the morale of the defense stayed up even after missed field goals: “We worry about our job. Our job isn’t to be the kicker or be a critic. Our job is to stop them from scoring points.”
LIONS CB RASHEAN MATHIS (On the Detroit Lions Radio Network, 97.1 FM The Ticket)
On his 40-yard interception return for a touchdown: “Just reading my keys, a defense was called and just executing the defense, reading three-step (drop) and I was able to make a play.”
On keeping the Bills under control until late in the fourth quarter: “Yeah, you can’t stop a team the entire game. To allow not too many drives but just one drive for a touchdown, that’s not bad. There are some areas we definitely can tighten up a little more, but as a defense we played pretty good, but not good enough to win the ball game.”
On if losing WR Calvin Johnson and RB Reggie Bush affected the team’s psyche during the game: “Well, it’s the next man up. Was their presence missed? Definitely, this is the NFL. We’re professionals, it’s the next man up and we expect the next man to be able to do that role just as good or even better.”
On how disappointing of a loss this was considering the play of the defense: “It’s disappointing, it’s very disappointing. It’s nothing to hang our heads about. This is what the NFL is about, it’s going to be about close games. Sometimes the offense is going to be out there to win the game for you and sometimes the defense is going to be out there to win the game for you. Sometimes it’s going to be the special teams, so you’ve got to be able to execute. It’s all about execution at the last minute because the majority of the games won in the NFL are won in the last two minutes of the ball game. This proves so.”
BILLS HEAD COACH DOUG MARRONE
On K Dan Carpenter’s game-winning kick: “NFL security did a good job and he was all fired up. So, I think the adrenaline and the way the emotion went at the time, that’s really the only play that we had. We aren’t going to be able to get it out and get out of bounds, they were defending the sides. We really only had one play left and we gave it to Dan.”
On how good it feels to make the decision to change quarterbacks and to have it work out: “Obviously, it’s good. I don’t want to say that, but we’ve all got to get better. We really do. There were a lot of things out there today and our guys fought. Defensively, they made a lot of plays, but we had penalties that we shouldn’t have. Our first downs were very poor. So, we’ve got a lot to do, but the quarterback, Kyle (Orton) did his share to help us win the game, which obviously we needed from him. And there were some other guys that made plays around him. But all in all, there’s no doubt we’re working out here. It’s hard to win on the road. We’re excited, but we know that we have to do things better as we go forward and that’s going to be the point of emphasis during the week, and that is every week.”
On what he saw in Orton after his pick-six and the team trailing 14-0: “The pick-six was tough and there’s a couple of things that went into it. Obviously, the coverage, he was just flat-footed and he (Rashean Mathis) jumped on that. Those things happen, they do. Is it disappointing? Absolutely. As soon as he turned his shoulder to throw it, he squatted right then and there. Sammy (Watkins) knew we were in trouble. He lifted up a little bit and those things are understandable and you can see it happened, but you learn from it and you go. That tells us, ‘Hey, we’ve got to take a shot down the field,’ which we did later on and Marquise Goodwin made a big play.”
On WR Sammy Watkins’ catch to set up the late field goal: “It seemed like it was out there for a while, juggling it. But again, we thought we could get something over the middle. We tried to do that before and get something over the middle knowing that we had the timeouts in our pocket. We called a timeout and we did have the one play and we told him, ‘Hey, if it’s not there, throw it out of bounds.’ So, we did have a timeout in that situation. He made a good play. He’s a good football player. Our receivers have to do a good job, we have to do a good job protecting them. We were able to get him open in the middle and they probably defended the sides a little bit more.”
On how much of the offense he was able to give Orton in a short amount of time: “Well, he’s been on a couple of teams and has run a lot of plays. A lot of the plays in this league schematically are really the same. One team may call them apples, we may call them oranges, so I think from that standpoint it helps. Some of them were from his background and I was able to converse that with him. I think we saw some of that this week with him. I think it will be a lot easier as we go forward.”
On the defense’s play: “The defense has been playing well. Their effort is outstanding. We just beat a heck of a football team that’s been playing as well as anyone in the League. Statistically, that shows. I don’t have the stats in front of me for third down, but they were off the charts, third down conversions in their offense. Again, they suffered through some injuries and we had a couple of injuries. All of our guys came back, except for Ron Brooks, to play. It’s just a tough situation. We gave up that play at the end, we gave up the pick-six, but defensively, our guys are playing extremely, extremely well.”
On CB Ron Brooks’ health: “I would let more of a medical person say that than myself.”
On linebackers coach Fred Pagac being upstairs rather than on the field: “I think for him and knowing him and being with him upstairs has been good. I’ve always liked being upstairs, but obviously I can’t. I think you just see more and there’s always a lot of things going on and we have enough coaches that can handle things on the sidelines for adjustments and stuff. So, from that standpoint it worked out well.”
On RB Fred Jackson’s play today: “Fred did a nice job. He was obviously our most productive runner. We struggled, there’s no doubt about it. We didn’t really do a good enough job of opening holes for him where he was able to run. He made some nice catches, obviously. He had seven catches, but we’ve got to do a better job up front.”
On getting a win in Ralph Wilson’s home town: “It means a lot afterwards. In other words, during the course of it, you don’t really think about it. You sit here and you might say to yourself during the course of the week, and I said to myself, ‘Hey, there’s a vote going on next week. The Pegulas are going to take the team over, if the owners approve it and this could be potentially, the last game for the Wilson family.’ I think you think about it a little before. It wasn’t something that we really addressed with the players. We focused on the game. After the game, I recognized that with the team. There is emotion there, but our focus was coming in here to win a game.”
On how much of a risk it is to switch quarterbacks: “Every decision you make, not just the quarterback, every decision you make, you’ve got to be able to go and look in the mirror and say, ‘Listen, I made this decision for us to win.’ Once you start making decisions on anything else, you’re going down a slippery path, you really are. At the end of the day, if it doesn’t work out, you look back and you say, ‘Well why were you talked into that?’ In this league, you have to endure and you have to be strong. It’s hard, there’s no doubt. Our plan, our coaching, give credit to everyone. You’ve got to make tough, hard decisions and it’s not just the only position. We made other decisions like that before and we move on. We’ve got to get back. Like I said, we can’t play like we did today and expect to win. We have to improve.”
On DT Marcell Dareus’ and DT Stefan Charles’ play: “He made a hell of a play on a third and short, I know that Stefan Charles did. We were saying right before the game, we knew Marcell had been playing extremely well. Kind of under the radar really because from the statistical standpoint, but he really had been playing well. So, we knew we were going to increase his snaps just like I told you guys earlier in the week. Stefan and Corbin (Bryant) were going to jump in there and then Stefan we felt good about because he played last year and did a nice job at the end of the year and then really has done a good job with his body changing into a point where you look at him and say, ‘Hey, we need to put him out in the heat. He needs to be more productive and making plays.’ And I think he responded that way and that was big for us.”
On if Watkins is playing beyond his age right now: “I think he’s businesslike and goes about his play that way and with his work ethic. There’s still a lot of things that he needs to work on. I’m not ready to say, ‘Hey, here we go.’ He still has to improve on what he does in his game and he will. He has that ability. He’s mature, it doesn’t look like a lot of things get to him. Comes here ready to work, that’s a good sign and he needs to continue on that path.”
BILLS QB KYLE ORTON
On what he attributes this win to: “It was a slow start for us playing against a great defense and tough environment. We hurt ourselves early, the defense did a great job of keeping us in the game and let us get our rhythm. I thought by the second quarter we started to make some plays but still stubbed our toes on the drives that we were moving the ball on them. So, I think everybody was starting to get a little bit of confidence and we came out and played a really good second half.”
On how comfortable he was: “Yeah, I was disappointed in myself after the one pick. You can’t let a veteran guy like 31 (Rashean Mathis), he’s a very good player and he looked at me the whole way, so I was mad about that. But I thought from just in terms of operational, being on the line of scrimmage, making some checks and getting everybody on the same page, I thought we did a good job and communicated. If you look across the board everybody made plays on our offense. Marquise (Goodwin) made a great catch, Robert Woods made a great catch and Sammy Watkins and obviously the backs. So, it was just a total team win.”
On if there was any lack of rhythm because of lack of time he has been with the team: “I think there is. I think we’ll go back and look at the tape and I know there’s a couple of reads I wish I would have had back. But if you can learn on the go and keep on winning that’s a great deal. Anytime you can come into this environment and get a win, it’s just a great team win.”
On if he felt pressure to perform: “That’s part of quarterback, you know? You have to lead the offense, make the plays when they’re called to make them and I was excited for the chance to do that. I think we’ve got a young offense that has a lot of room to grow and has a lot of room to become an explosive offense, but it won’t happen overnight. Take it in bits and pieces and just try to improve every week.”
On if it’s hard not having a negative attitude after a pick-six: “It’s not my first and it won’t be my last for sure, so you’re pissed at yourself when it happens but they get paid over there too and they make plays. You just have to keep that trigger and put a little pressure on yourself to make the play the next game.”
On if he saw the young players looking to him for leadership: “Yeah, it was fine. The good thing is when it happens you get to go right back out and get right back on the field, so you don’t have to think about it very long. I thought everybody’s demeanor in the huddle was just awesome today. Like I said, we were playing against a great defense and a lot of things didn’t go well early. Nobody lost their trigger, nobody lost their fight and we battled them the whole game.”
BILLS TE SCOTT CHANDLER
On a big game following two previous losses: “Yeah you know, it was one of those games where you just feel like at the end of the day, something is going to go your way. There at the end, it did.”
On the team’s game plan: “First of all, our defense was phenomenal today and really just gave up seven points when we gave them a short field. We gave them seven points on offense with the pick-six, so you can’t say enough about them. Offensively, it was just stick with it and keep chopping wood is what we said this week. We stayed with it, Sammy (Watkins) and (Kyle) Orton made some big plays down the stretch and then Dan (Carpenter) hits the big field goal.”
On if they have a lot of confidence in QB Kyle Orton: “Yeah, I mean, I think that he’s a guy who exudes confidence. He knows what he’s doing out there and it’s easy to follow a guy like that.”
On next week’s game against New England: “Division game, we’re going to celebrate this one right now and move onto that one tomorrow.”
BILLS K DAN CARPENTER
On what technique is involved when kicking long field goals: “Usually the height part is not really an issue for me, it’s really about just getting it there. We actually had this conversation this week and it came up. It’s like a birdie putt, you don’t want to leave it short, don’t give it a chance. Like I said, I hit it really well and it went straight down the middle.”
On winning two NFC games late: “You know we’re fighting through adversity. It’s really hard to win in this league. It’s really hard to win anywhere, but it’s that much harder to win on the road. You have a lot of games that come to three points, seven points or less and I just think we’re finding ways to win and fighting through that adversity. Maybe a bad play or a negavtive play and we’re being able to bounce back from it and find a way to win.”
On what he would say to Lions K Alex Henery: “I’ve missed four in a game, so I have been there. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him but I’m going to try to reach out to him and see if I can find a way to get a hold of him. Like I said, I’ve been there, I’ve been 0-4 in a game before, so I know how it goes. It doesn’t define who you are and you just got to get back to work and be perfect next week.”
BILLS WR SAMMY WATKINS
On his last catch to set up the field goal: “I read cover-one. Basically I was one-on-one with the cornerback. I saw the safety roll, so right then and there I kind of knew the ball was going to me. The thing I didn’t realize was that there was a blitz, and that’s one of the things that I need to pick up on. The ball was hot and Kyle (Orton) threw it out quickly.”
On QB Kyle Orton’s performance today: “He’s a leader and throughout the whole time he was going through adversity, he’s in the huddle going crazy and being Kyle. He led his team and I understand now that he definitely knows what he’s doing as far as breaking down defenses and coverages. He knows where he is going with the ball.”
On how he would define going crazy in reference to Orton in the huddle: “Basically just lifting everybody up. He’s into the game just like we are. You didn’t see any worry in his eyes and he’s a veteran.”
On the pick-six and what Orton said to him: “He kind of knew, he stared me down and that veteran cornerback basically read his eyes and he jumped the pass. After that he never stared me down on a play. Every time he came to me he looked me off and the ball was where it needed to be at.”
On his emotions watching the Lions miss the field goal then turning around and making one to win: “It was great. I just knew that this offense was hungry. Everybody was all in and we had to put together a drive right then I knew we were throwing down the field. One of the plays called was basically one of my plays that I do in practice and they’ve been open all week. They gave the look that we wanted to.”
BILLS DT MARCELL DAREUS
On if he has ever had a three-sack game: “Yeah, I thought I did my rookie year against the Redskins, but obviously I didn’t. First one now.”
On realizing if he had a career day during the game: “It was just an everyday thing for me. We were just out there having fun, doing what we love and playing together as a team.”
On what the defense was thinking when facing a 14-0 deficient: “Don’t even look at the scoreboard, the game isn’t over. We still got time to play, just continue to play hard and don’t worry about it and it’ll all pan out. Let it play itself out and as long as we do our job things will unfold for us.”
On feeling comfortable about the run looks the Lions were giving: “Yeah, after a while we kind of got a beat on it and kind of got hit on the sets and how they wanted to play us. So just kind of played to it and just played it to our advantage.”
BILLS CB STEPHON GILMORE
On how much this win means to the team: “It’s big. It’s one of the biggest wins we’ve had this season. It’s a big win for our team and is going to make us stronger.”
On the difference in quarterbacks with switching to Orton this week: “I just saw the offense driving and making big plays. The receivers are catching the ball and everybody looks like they’re having fun out there. Like I said, it was a team win.”
On if he was nervous at the end: “No, I wasn’t nervous. I felt like our defense was built for that situation and that we were going to come out on top.”
On if it helped when Lions WR Calvin Johnson went out of the game: “I don’t think he (Matthew Stafford) knew who to go to after Calvin went out. I think he was hesitant to throw it to the other guys. When he went out we already knew that we needed to take 15 (Golden Tate) out of the game and everyone else has to win in zero coverage.”