Detroit Lions Players Comment on Loss to Bills

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Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) calls out during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Several Detroit Lions players spoke with the media following yesterday’s disappointing loss to the Buffalo Bills. Here is what a number of them had to say, as provided by the Detroit Lions.

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.”

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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.”