Hauschka feeling comfortable with the Bills

October 2, 2017

For the second straight week. the Buffalo Bills come up with a significant win a top-contending team in the National Football League. On Sunday, the Bills improved to 3-1 on the 2017 season after a 23-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

One player who has been a key contributing factor to the Bills' success over the past two weeks is kicker Stephen Hauschka. The 32-year old veteran kicker is entering his 10th season in the NFL, and his first season with the Bills after six successful seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Last week, Hauschka was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week with four successful field goals, including two field goals from 53-yards or greater in a 26-16 win over the Broncos. Hauschka was at it again this Sunday with three field goals made, including a 55 and 56-yard field goal to seal the win for the Bills in the fourth quarter.

Even though Hauschka has put his leg to the test early this season, he is feeling very comfortable with his game.

"I'm just swinging nice and free out there. That's what I've been trying to do everywhere" Hauschka said with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Buffalo Football Monday on WGR. "Sometimes it's easier to do from long distance than it is from other places on the field. There's something about the visuals of what you get, but that's something as a kicker I'm constantly working on is getting that free-flowing swing from everywhere on the field, regardless of the situation."

The Bills are now 3-1 to start a season for the first time since 2011, where the Bills finished that year with a 6-10 record.

Even though the team is off to a hot start, this locker room is not letting the 3-1 record and first place in the AFC East get to their heads.

"It's a mindset of controlling what we can control. That's putting in great work and preparation throughout the week, and then just letting it loose on game day," Hauschka said. "We don't feel like we have a lot to lose out there. We trust our game plan and believe in ourselves. It's a tight-knit group. We're just going out there and finding ways to win."

"[We] just want to hang in there and have that gritty mindset. I think that's what it's about. That's what we're trying to build, something that's sustainable. This team doesn't want to knock off a couple of big teams, then let down our guard and then cough up another couple [games]. This team's about trying to stay consistent and build something that we can depend on."

This season has already been an adjustment under head coach Sean McDermott, compared to the teams of years past. As we've heard a lot of since January, McDermott has asked his team to trust the process and has preached love and unity as a team. McDermott also has his guys believing the theory of doing your job and being 1/11th of the unit you're playing for.

While the Bills may still be growing as a unit and continuing to progress and grow, Hauschka is already seeing the locker room change and being a team that can make some waves around the league.

"Not every team has the level of belief that we have," Hauschka said. "Just believing in yourself, believing in your teammates. That's a powerful thing. That's something that coach McDermott is bringing to this locker room."

You can hear Hauschka's entire interview with Howard and Jeremy below: