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The Bills played extremely well but did not quite dominate in the way the final score suggests. They took advantage of favorable field position in the first half and racked up yards with a few slow-developing downfield passes (credit Ryan Fitzpatrick and the offensive line for maximizing the time needed to make those plays happen). The biggest factor in the game was Buffalo’s ability to run on a Kansas City nickel defense that lacks a physical linebacking presence. Fred Jackson played with great tempo and fluidity, especially on stretch plays that put him at the second level with relative ease.

“One thing that coach has done in the past is get us looks in practice working with other safeties, because you never know what can happen in football; injuries can happen to anyone,” Lewis said. “But it is going to take me some getting used to playing next to someone different.

“When Eric was out there, I had a feeling for what he was doing and he had a feeling for what I was doing. It’s a big loss, but the next guy has to step in and we can’t miss a beat.”

“You know Gun,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. “He hasn’t changed in about 80 or 90 years. He’s the same every single day. I first started working with him in 2001, and 10 years later he’s exactly the same. He looks exactly the same. Every day, his day is exactly the same. He’s a very consistent person.”

“I think everything’s correctible. Obviously there are a lot of things we looked at in multiple phases of the game that we need to get better at. Number one overall, we just have to play with great effort for four quarters. Not to say that we didn’t, but at times I think that for whatever reason it looked like we were lackadaisical and we can’t do that. We have to be a team that goes out there every play and every time they turn on the film they see us just running around the field with our heads cut off.”

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