After so many challenges dealing with hardly any offseason, no preseason games and a travel schedule with a lot of restrictions and specific protocols in place, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott felt his staff and team did a terrific job to prepare them for their first road trip of the season. That preparation paid off on Sunday with a 31-28 win over the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida.
“It was a heavier lift than previous road games that I’ve been on,” McDermott told reporters via a Zoom conference call on Monday. “Obviously for me, my first trip since all this began last March. But [it was] really cool how our operations staff got out in front of this thing. Just tremendous with the plan that was in place, all the detail that was baked into the trip, and I think our players did a phenomenal job of adjusting.” He also pointed out that it was the first NFL trip in any regard for the team's rookies.
Along with it being the head coach’s and team’s first trip of the season, there was also a half-hour lightning delay at the start of the third quarter, which forced both teams back into their locker rooms after just coming out for the second half. McDermott acknowledged they had discussed that possibility as a staff leading up to the game, knowing how the weather can be sometimes in Florida this time of year.
But with all the challenges also came a chance to see fans in the stands for the first time in 2020, and many of them were Bills fans.
“Miami allowed a certain percentage of fans, and I’m happy to say a significant percentage were Bills fans, so that was awesome to see, and I just was fired up,” he said with a smile. “We ran out of the tunnel to that ovation and that cheer and you could hear the crowd, and that gave me chills. Just hearing that when we ran out of somebody else’s tunnel, that was awesome.”
Tight end Dawson Knox left Sunday's game and is currently in the league's concussion protocol. McDermott said linebackers Matt Milano (hamstring) and Tremaine Edmunds (shoulder) are currently "working through some things," but did not give any indication about their possible return this week. Both missed Sunday's game with their injuries.
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