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Buffalo Bills ‘Not Playing Complimentary Football’

The fast-starting Buffalo Bills of the first four weeks of the season are a memory after Sunday’s loss to the Patriots.

The Buffalo Bills scored 34 first-quarter points and 67 total first half points through Weeks 1 – 4. The last three games, however, have been a different story.

During the 29-25 defeat to New England, the Buffalo Bills managed just three first half points. That brings their total first half tally in their last three games to 10. It’s a trend that has head coach Sean McDermott lamenting their lack of cohesion.


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“We’ve gotta continue to find answers to some of the reasons as to why we’re stubbing our toe,” McDermott said.

“We’re not playing complimentary football. … We’re beating ourselves at times, and we’re not linking up in all three phases to control a game.”

Currently in the midst of a three game losing streak, the defense looks as shaky as the offense. If they don’t arrest the slide soon, the season will pass them by.

“I wish I could tell you,” McDermott said. “We talk about it, we talk about being more detailed, getting into a rhythm early, playing complementary football and all three phases working together. We haven’t been able to get into a good rhythm, obviously.”

“When it comes down to it, I’ve got to close the game out,” McDermott said.


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“It’s not enough, we didn’t do enough,” he said. “We didn’t put them in position enough, I didn’t put the defense in position enough and then just overall didn’t play complimentary football. … 

“We were shooting ourselves in the foot at times and put in some third-and-long situations. And then just overall got to close the game out.”

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