Buffalo’s pre-game demonstration during the national anthem wasn’t unique. Thirty-one other NFL clubs had similar displays of team unity. But what made the Bills win all the more fitting Sunday was that it was a total team effort with all three phases making major contributions.
Buffalo’s passing game got on track to pick up the slack for a run game that was the focus of the Denver defense. The defense got takeaways and special teams provided long distance field goals and stopped a fourth down fake.
“Yeah what an awesome effort from our team,” said Stephen Hauschka, who provided four field goals including a pair from 50-plus. “This team is gritty. I think you’ve seen it in all three games. This team is poised, strong mentally and this team is going to keep fighting every single game. It doesn’t mean we’re going to win every single game, but we’re going to be in it and we’re going to stay strong. We’re going to be a tough team to beat.”
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Bills new kicker Stephen Hauschka might have some work to do to get to know Buffalo a bit better, but he’s already familiar with his special teams coordinator. That’s because he and Danny Crossman have worked together before.
“I have some familiarity with some of the coaches. Leslie Frazier was in Minnesota when I first got to the Vikings in 2008. I spent the summer there as a rookie undrafted guy. I was with Danny Crossman in Detroit back in 2010. So it is good to catch up with them. Looking forward to working with Coach Crossman especially.”
In the 2010 preseason, veteran Detroit kicker Jason Hanson suffered a leg injury that required surgery. So Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Lions after he had just been released by Atlanta where he was filling in for an injured Matt Bryant.
Hauschka lasted only two and a half weeks with Detroit, kicking in a pair of preseason games that summer. He wouldn’t land the full-time kicking job with the Seahawks until the following season.
“At the beginning of my career (I was) just filling opportunities for a guy that was injured or maybe a guy that was at the end of his career,” he said. “I definitely bounced around. I learned a lot being around some long time veterans. I got to spend a month under, with Jason Hanson, I got to spend some time with Ryan Longwell, and Matt Stover. So those were three experienced kickers and I got to learn something from each one of them. I think it was just a matter of time for me to really get on a roster and get comfortable and just go kick and enjoy it. Once I got that opportunity and got comfortable then it became a lot easier.”
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