New additions help Bills secure fourth quarter win


Steven Hauschka, signed this offseason by the Bills, went 4-4 Sunday hitting field goals of 53 and 55 yards.

Sean McDermott’s Buffalo Bills pulled off an upset Sunday afternoon defeating the Denver Broncos 26-16, earning the Bills a 2-1 record going into Week 4. The Broncos won 16 of their last 17 games in September prior to Sunday.

Newcomers E.J Gaines, whom was acquired through the Sammy Watkins’ trade, and Buffalo’s top draft pick Tre’Davious White, who picked the ball off were contributing factors to victory. The Bills won the turnover battle 2-0.

According to McDermott, White still has a lot of work to do but he has strong leaders helping him get there.

“He’s got great mentors on the team in the ways of Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, and Lorenzo Alexander. I mean these guys have taken Tre under their wing and then you match that with his work ethic and the time he puts into the film room during the week and the results have taken care of themselves,” McDermott said. “From a young corner, this early to do what he’s done, is good to see. Still a lot of work to do, but I know he’s working extremely hard and Im happy for him”.

It is obvious that the Bills revamped secondary is much improved without being overpaid this year. You can already feel the mindset around One Bills drive changing. Compared to last year the Buffalo Bills are playing as a unit, not for individual statistics (contracts), and are slowly but surely creating a winning atmosphere and in Buffalo.

The first half of play had fans thinking ‘here we go again’. The offence was looking sluggish and the score was tied at the half 13-13, due to a 55-yard clutch kick by the teams’ new addition Stephen Hauschka.

Huaschka went 4-4 on the day and was a major key to the Bills win.

“Depending on the game situation we could have stretched it pretty long today. The ball was flying good and I was hitting the ball well,” Huaschka said. That one direction, where we made most of the field goals was probably 58, and then the other direction, I could probably hit up to 63, 64”.

In the second half, the Bills didn’t score until late in the third quarter. Taylor threw a perfect bullet to Charles Clay to put buffalo up for the first time in the afternoon, 20-16.

With 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter Denver attempted a fake punt on their own 31-yard line. They used a direct snap play to De’Angelo Henderson which the Bills snuffed out turning the ball over in scoring position, and changing the momentum for the rest of the game.

Buffalo took advantage of the turnover on downs as Hauschka kicked a 53-yard field goal putting the Bills up by a touchdown with about 14 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Hauschka put the nail in the coffin with 3:14 left in the game, kicking a 27-yard field goal putting the Bills up 23-16.

Buffalo finished the day with only 272 total yards with 197 yards coming through the air and 75 on the ground, showing the importance the defense had in contributing to the victory.

Jerry Hughes was proud of the way the defense played.

“A win like this is huge,” Hughes said about the win. “These guys just came off of a two-game hot streak. They got a prolific offense and the number one rushing attack in the NFL so something like this, for us to protect our home turf [and] to protect our home field, it’s tremendous momentum for us so we can carry that into next week.”

The Bills will prepare to fly to Atlanta to take on the undefeated Falcons for a 1 p.m. kickoff next Sunday.