The Buffalo Bills (4-3) surprised a lot of people with their 2-0 start. They’ve since lost three of five, but they’re still just a game behind New England (5-2). They also lead the league in sacks and are fourth against the run.
“I’m okay with (how we’ve played), but there’s still a lot of room for improvement overall,” Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “Lot of room for improvement, but we’re doing okay.”
Spikes said the Bills need to a better job of communicating, focusing on details and having better awareness on the field.
“We got a young defense,” he said. “A lot of playmakers, but if we get on the same page, we’ll have an opportunity to make plenty of plays.”
The Bills lost two hard-fought games after their 2-0 start but improved to 3-2 with a gutsy 17-14 win over the Lions in Detroit. After the game, several Bills carried defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz – who coached the Lions from 2009 to 2013 – off of Ford Field on their shoulders.
Golden Tate, who did not play for Schwartz, called it “a terrible gesture” and said he hoped the Bills “feel good about the Rudy moment that they had.”
Spikes was not one of the ones who carried Schwartz off the field. Rather, it was mostly “puppies” (in other words, rookies).
“But I definitely supported that,” Spikes said. “It was a fun time. That was fun to watch. I knew that was an emotional game for him, so we definitely wanted to take care of business for him.”
Spikes, 27, knows what it’s like to play against your former team, as he played for New England from 2010 to 2013. When he left, he described his time there as “4 years a slave.”
At this point, though, he’s put all that baggage behind him.
“I’m always grateful,” he said. “It’s a first-class organization, but we went our separate ways. I’ll always have friends there. I love Mr. Kraft. Their fan base is great, too. All that stuff is behind me. I’m with the Bills now. The city is great, the people are awesome and very nice. The teammates and staff are warm and they welcomed me with open arms, so it’s good.”
Unfortunately for Spikes, the Patriots beat the Bills in Buffalo, 37-22, on Oct. 12. Spikes said he didn’t really feel any nerves before the game.
“It was pretty much the same,” he said. “I was a little disappointed that we came up short, but we get to see them again later down the season. We just got to learn from the mistakes we (made) in that game and just try to improve. That’s all we can really control.”
The Bills play the Jets (1-6) in East Rutherford this Sunday before a Week 9 bye. Spikes won’t be going against a former team, but he will be going against a former teammate, as he and Percy Harvin played together at Florida.
“I haven’t spoken to him (recently, but) I’m pretty sure he’s busy with the playbook,” Spikes said. “I didn’t think I would be facing him this week, but we definitely got to put a target on that guy because he’s a phenomenal player – one of the best offensive players I’ve ever seen in my life.”