BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has said it many times. They didn't want to be playing their best football at the start of the season.
December is here and the Bills defense is starting to show exactly how dominant they can be.
"This is the NFL. We understand the challenge each and every week," safety Micah Hyde said. "We're playing good football right now, but the crazy thing is we can get better."
A week after scoring their first defensive touchdown of the season, the Bills defense did it again. This time it was Jerry Hughes picking up a fumble [caused by Tre'Davious White] and taking it 25 yards to the end zone to extend the Bills' lead in the 3rd quarter.
"It was a great play by Tre. I figured if he made all that work, the least I could do is put an exclamation on it and get the six points," Hughes laughed. "It's something Coach Frazier has been talking about. Taron Johnson started it last week and I figured I'd might as well enjoy my defensive touchdown part of it."
"I hear our sideline going crazy. I stopped, turned around, and saw Jerry go back and forth like four times. He went to the outside and he just booked it," laughed Hyde. "That's Jerry Hughes man, just an athlete."
It was Hughes' 2nd career touchdown and his first since 2014. After the game, his teammates joked about his ability to play offense and become the team's 14th player to catch a touchdown pass.
"The way he reversed field a few times, that was an awesome play," Beasley laughed. "It's definitely fun to watch a big guy get loose like that."
The Bills defense finished the day allowing just an average of four yards a play. Along with the interception, the unit finished with 56 total tackles [five for loss], three sacks, and four QB hits. It was another dominating performance for a unit that continues to gel and peak at the right time.
"We do a great job at taking the coaching and believing in the system that we have," White said. "We just came in and played a team-total defense. I think we did a pretty good job at that. If we continue to do that, we'll be fine. I go into each game confident in what we can do."