Buffalo Bills safety Duke Williams grew up in Louisiana. So, needless to say, he wasn’t used to the snow storm that has ravaged Buffalo over the last week or so.
“I’ve never been a part of anything like that,” Williams said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It was crazy. Walking outside, the snow was at waist level. Thank God we was able to make it out. There’s a lot of people who got hurt, people who died during the snow storm. Luckily, everybody was able to come out safe and everybody’s family was safe also.”
The Bills, of course, were supposed to host the Jets on Sunday afternoon, but the game was moved to Ford Field in Detroit on Monday night. But if anyone was hoping to watch a competitive game between division rivals, well, they were sorely disappointed. The Bills won, 38-3, handing the Jets (2-9) their most lopsided loss of the season. Buffalo led 14-3 at halftime and 31-3 entering the fourth quarter.
“Coming into the game, we were looking to have a fast start because of our transition we had throughout the week,” Williams said. “Guys just wanted to really harp on getting a jump on these guys, on starting fast. We don’t want to come out flat due to staying in the house for three days and the weather conditions and transitioning (to) Detroit and staying in a different hotel and all the outside things that were going on. Guys just wanted to get on the field and play some football.”
It was a strong showing for Buffalo, as Kyle Orton threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns, while Anthony Dixon and Fred Jackson combined for 22 carries for 86 yards and two scores. Defensively, the Bills totaled seven sacks and blocked a punt for a touchdown.
While the weather in Buffalo made it difficult to practice, Williams said it wasn’t hard to prepare.
“When we were sitting in our houses, we still had the same schemes – the same thing we did all week, the same regimen,” he said. “Guys were in their play books, we texted each other in group text messages to stay on the same page. It was great to come out and have a big win against these guys due to all of the conditions.”
With the win, the Bills improved to 6-5 to remain in the AFC Wild Card hunt.
“We have to focus on next week,” Williams said, unsatisfied. “We have the Cleveland Browns coming to town. We just have to do the same thing when we have to face them. We get to go back to Buffalo. We get to sleep in the home beds. We get to go back to our normal regimen and just prepare and come out and play – just like we did today.”
Kickoff is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, weather permitting.
Williams, 24, mentioned that while he is from the South, he did play college ball at Nevada. Still, that didn’t prepare him for what he’s experienced in Western New York.
“Nevada has some snow, but it was nothing like Buffalo snow,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like that.”