It’s a question wondered way too many times since the years began starting with a two.
How do the Bills get excited for a regular season finale when there’s no chance of winning a playoff spot?
It helps that the Jets are playing for the postseason.
It’s only the second time since 1996 that Buffalo’s week 17 opponent needs a win to make the playoffs.
“The pressure’s on those guys. They gotta make it to the playoffs and they gotta win,” Sammy Watkins said. “Us? It’s just go out there and get a win and just go out there and have fun.”
Even as only the “other” team, it still makes the last game more interesting for Buffalo.
“They have an opportunity to go to the playoffs and that’s where we want to be,” Richie Incognito said. “For them to come into our house and finish the season, everything on the table. It’s fun to play in those games.”
Buffalo leads the NFL in rushing by a healthy 148 yards over Carolina. It’s not THE thing the Bills want to win, but it is A thing.
“We’re out of the playoffs, but that’s something you can hang your hat on going into the offseason,” Eric Wood said. “We’d rather have the win in all cases, but we’re proud to lead the league in rushing.”
It would be a team effort. LeSean McCoy likely won’t play against the Jets, but is a lock to lead the team in rushing with only 895 yards.
“The group of guys we’ve had running the football this year, Shady leading the way, it’s been amazing,” Karlos Williams said. “So much to learn in this running back room and from this offense and from this coaching staff and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
“We want to keep it going. We know where we’re at… number one,” Incognito said. “I think a lot of us have been speaking about that’s the kind of momentum we want to carry over into the offseason and build on.”