Detroit Lions Players Comment on Loss to Bills

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Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver

Golden Tate

(15) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver

Jeremy Ross

(12) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Golden Tate

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.”

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  • 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.”

    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.”