In the leadup to his return to the Meadowlands, Rex Ryan admitted that the only games he circles on his calendar are the ones against the New England Patriots.
Ryan put the spotlight firmly on himself last week and he’s doing so again as the Bills get ready for a Monday night showdown in Foxboro against their AFC East rival.
“I want what they have,” said Ryan to the media during a press conference on Thursday. “They’ve won some rings. I ain’t kissing them, but I respect them.”
Ryan is 4-10 all-time in his career as a head coach against the Patriots. His only game against them as the head coach in Buffalo came in Week 2 when Tom Brady carved up the Bills for 466 passing yards and three touchdowns.
As it stands, the 5-4 Bills trail the 9-0 Patriots by four games in the AFC East, and Ryan concedes that the Bills won’t win the AFC East this season.
“I don’t see them losing four games. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see that happening,” Ryan Said. “The only thing I’m focusing on is beating them right now on Monday night. We’re not conceding that, I can promise you.”
Penalties played a big part in the Week 2 showdown with the Bills on the hook for 14 penalties for 140 yards. Ryan says he’s team has moved on from the emotions of that day despite the fact that the Bills still lead the NFL in penalties with 90 for 808 yards.
“I think our team is a much better team than it was then,” Ryan said. “We have talked in great detail to our players about it and we know is not our formula. “We got to show we are a different team than we were in Week 2.”