Bills earn first win, lose Spiller, against Lions

November 14, 2010 Updated Nov 14, 2010 at 11:57 PM EDT

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Bills earn first win, lose Spiller, against Lions

November 14, 2010 Updated Nov 14, 2010 at 11:57 PM EDT

Orchard Park ( The Bills held off a late scare by the Detroit Lions to earn their first win of the year 14-12 at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday.

Lions QB Shaun Hill hit Calvin Johnson for a 20 yard touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game to cut the Bills lead to two points at 14-12.
Detroit would go try for a two-point conversion to tie the game, but Hill's pass intended for Brandon Pettigrew would sail out of the endzone and incomplete.

Bills RB Fred Jackson led the way for the Buffalo offense. Jackson finished the day with 133 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving to go along with two touchdowns.

Rookie RB C.J. Spiller also made headlines on Sunday by suffering a hamstring injury in the second quarter. Spiller would leave the game, and did not return. Head Coach Chan Gailey said following the victory that Spiller's injury could keep him out from the Bills game in Cincinnati next Sunday.

Here are transcripts from the post-game lockerroom.

Buffalo Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey

Opening Statement:
[It’s] great to get a win. I thought our guys, as they have the last four weeks, have fought hard. It was a tough game. We were able to pull it out this time. I told them I was proud of the way they continued to work and continued to fight because a lot of teams wouldn’t have. It was good to get a win.

On his thoughts on getting his first win as Bills head coach:
Nobody wants to go through any length of time not winning anything. So, when you win it’s big. Nobody wants to talk about the 800-pound monkey in the room, but it was obvious. Nobody likes that feeling. You want to win and get that over with, get that done with and go on with your season.

On what the situation is with RB C.J. Spiller and DE Spencer Johnson:
I want to say, for a running back, it’s always significant. A hamstring is always significant. Spencer is probably a little bit less [significant] than C.J. is. They haven’t given me a final report, but I can’t imagine him playing this week. We’ll have to see how long that lasts.

On the changes he made in the second half with the running game:
First of all, on the second long run Fitz [Ryan Fitzpatrick] did an unbelievable job of getting us on to the right people. He had to change the call at the line of scrimmage and did a great job. The first [long run], they just blocked it really well and Fred [Jackson] found the crease on that thing. It was a huge day for him running the football, which he deserved to be honest with you. He’s fought hard and he’s worked hard. The line blocked and did some good things those guys because those are big humans up front. That is a big, strong defensive front in Detroit. Our guys blocked hard for the run game.

On if coming out wide open with the down field passing game was a part of the plan:
Yeah, it was. We were trying to get outside of them with some stuff and open them up a little bit. Hopefully, that allowed us to be somewhat successful with the running game because we did widen them out a little bit and get them thinking about some different things, and then we were able to run it up inside.

On spreading the defense out opened up the shovel pass to RB Fred Jackson for a touchdown:
Well, we had worked the shovel pass to the left and missed it. I knew it was going to be a pretty good play at some point. It had just worked out that they executed really, really well at a critical time in the third quarter.

On the fans and what they brought to the game:
I want to say I’m amazed, but I’m not. That’s Buffalo fans. To me, I didn’t expect any different. They are loyal. They love the Bills. They’re with you and they made a difference. They made a difference in the game. You can say what you want. People can pooh-pooh that all they want, but it is a true statement. They made a difference in the game.

On the biggest key in getting the run defense going:
Probably some of the schemes that George [Edwards] has implemented, I think has really helped us. We’ve got more up close to the line of scrimmage. We’ve put more pressure on our secondary and they’ve responded. We’ve been able to disguise a lot better. I think the up and back disguise that we’re creating has really helped us and the guys are learning the defense better and better as we go. We’re getting off blocks and getting to the ball. I thought [our] run defense and run offense and the kicking game was the keys to the game today.

On losing RB C.J. Spiller:
I think our hat’s off to Leodis [McKelvin] for the job he did returning kickoffs and punts today. He did a really nice job. It’s nice to have a Roscoe [Parrish] and a C.J. [Spiller] and a Leodis [McKelvin] that you can go to. Not many teams have that luxury and we do. We had a lot of things in there to C.J. today and we didn’t get to use them obviously. But you adjust and that’s what football is about. You find out who can play, who can do what, you go adjust and work with who you’ve got.

On if there was anyone else injured on the day:
Not that I know of right off hand.

On what the moment was like for him seeing his team enjoy their first win:
Anytime you have a group of guys that have persevered, and that’s what it is, it’s perseverance. It’s a special time anytime you can have a big win and that was a big win. Not many people in the world get to have those moments with people. I’m fortunate that I grew up with a dad, and I think about him today because of the way he brought me up to persevere – to keep fighting. Being the marine that he was, you just kept fighting and I’m appreciative of that.

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