Bills coach Sean McDermott said his team was outcoached and outplayed in an ugly loss Thursday night to the New York Jets. He said the performance was “uncharacteristic of this team.”
On a night when the Bills had 11 penalties for 99 yards, McDermott said his team needs to “remain poised, regardless of the situation.”
"Fundamentally we weren’t very good," he said. "And then you look at the penalties, some of those you could call aggressive, a few of them, but other than that, we can’t do that and expect to win a game in the NFL.
"We’ve got to get better and we’ll learn from this. No excuses. Give credit to the opponent, to the Jets, they beat us straight up tonight."
The Bills get nine days before they host the New Orleans Saints a week from Sunday.
“This is a great learning experience that we can all learn from," McDermott said. "You have to be on your game every week."
He also said the Bills needed to be honest with themselves about what needs to happen if the team hoped to move on and grow.
As for the decision not to play wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who was acquired at Tuesday’s trading deadline, McDermott said that Benjamin only had a little bit of time to get up to speed. Benjamin took part in pregame warmups but was inactive for the game.
"He really only had a short amount of time to get up to speed," McDermott said. "The guys that did play put in time during the week and so we wanted to do things the right way as far as that goes."