ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Bills enter the midway point of the season 5-3, their best mark at this point in the year since 2011.
They go into the bye week winners of three of their last four games - just a game back of the Patriots for first place in the AFC East. But the players know there's a lot more football to be played.
"We're happy, we're not satisfied," safety Aaron Williams said. "We know this record should've been a lot better than 5-3. If we didn't hurt ourselves the last couple games, we'd be in a first place position right now. But we're happy with where we're at right now. We're going to take this time to relax and let our body heal a little bit and get ready for these two big games coming up, Kansas City and Miami."
"We haven't accomplished anything yet," cornerback Corey Graham said. "We still got a half a season to go, we've got to get better and better every week. 5-3 is only the beginning, we still got a long way to go. It's not even how you start, it's how you finish the season."
As of Monday, the Bills defense ranks seventh-best in scoring in the NFL, allowing 20.6 points per game. They're also top ten in yards allowed per game and rush defense.
But where they really shine, highlighted by Sunday's performance, is ranking tops in the league in sacks (28), interceptions (12), and total takeaways (18). The players still say there's room for improvement.
"We're still trying to build our identity," defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said. "We're not where we want to be as a team, so as a defense, we're just steady doing what we're supposed to do. When it's time for us to go out there and our number's called, we're going to go out there and do the best we can, perform hard, go hard as possible until we get off the field and do the same thing when we're called again."
"Numbers don't lie. We can be a lot better," Aaron Williams said. "There's a lot of stuff we gotta work on and we push each and every week, we hold each other to a high standard. So we're never going to be complacent about the stats. We just want to improve."
The Bills next game is November 9 when the Chiefs come to Ralph Wilson Stadium.