The Buffalo Bills landed a big win against the Falcons, but didn't come away unscathed. Some important players will have to go under the knife.
Top receiver Jordan Matthews will need surgery for a broken thumb, leaving a gaping hole at the position. Linebacker Ramon Humber needs thumb surgery, too. And safety Colt Anderson needs surgery for a broken forearm. Don't expect receiver Walt Powell to help out, either – he was released Monday after his suspension ended.
Well, Sean McDermott was at least happy about that win, right? Yeah. Sort of. "We’re not where we need to be," the Bills coach said, "and anyone who thinks we are, in this building at least, is only fooling themselves.”
Also in that link, maybe the best McDermott-ism yet: “If we’re going to get addicted to anything, let’s get addicted to the process of what leads to winning.” Addicted. To. The Process.
Film grades: Mark Gaughan dug into the film and handed out his positional grades from Bills-Falcons. The offensive line did just enough to be effective, earning a 3.0 out of 5.
Snap counts: Rookie Matt Milano played the first defensive snaps of his career after Humber went down. He'll have to start this week.
Sooo the Bills had 10 players on the field for the biggest play of the game against Atlanta: This would've been a huge talking point if the Falcons picked up the fourth down on their final drive and went on to win the game. Rex Ryan infamously had 10 players on the field in overtime against Miami when Jay Ajayi ripped off a long run that got the Dolphins into range for the winning field goal last December in what would be Ryan's final game. But when you get lucky and the other team doesn't punish your mistakes ... you smile and get on your flight and leave town as fast as possible.
One guy who didn't mind? That would be Tre'Davious White, who took the disputed fumble back for his first career touchdown. "To be honest, that’s something that we practice in practice every day,” White said. “If it’s an incomplete pass, we’re taught to scoop and score. Pick the ball up because you never know what’ll happen, and it happened yesterday.”
Big picture: The league is upside-down at the moment, Jerry Sullivan wrote. Can the Bills have their rebuilding cake and eat it too?
Advanced stats: QB pressure was big for both teams in Bills-Falcons.
Bills trivia: Only one QB in team history threw for 400 yards in two separate games. Who is it?
Lot of yellow: The Bills a season high in penalties Sunday.
Watch: Our team's takeaway from Sean McDermott's Monday press conference.
Quotes: Sean McDermott and the coordinators spoke Monday.
Remember this guy? With Derek Carr injured in Oakland, it's EJ Manuel's time to shine once again.