The Buffalo Bills sparked a pregame scuffle with the New England Patriots before their 16-0 road upset against their division rival. But Bills coach Rex Ryan said that game wasn’t nasty enough.
Ryan claims he wants more in Sunday’s rematch at New Era Field. He didn’t describe it as a must-win scenario verbatim, but said his team has to find a way to sweep the Patriots for the first time since 1999. Ryan also sounded like he was encouraging a brawl in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday.
“These two teams don’t like each other, there’s no question about that,” Ryan said, according to ESPN’s Mike Rodak. “But I don’t think there was a real fight, you know? A real fight would be outside in a parking lot, you know what I mean? Then you really got something to write about. But that thing was hardly a fight.”
Ryan probably doesn’t have to tell Bills Mafia twice. The problem is when Ryan’s teams get too undisciplined to the point where it affects their play. The Bills are coming off of an ugly loss to division rival Miami and still have the playoffs in sight with a respectable 4-3 record.
The fight for Buffalo’s first postseason appearance since 1999 probably begins Sunday against New England. The only difference is Tom Brady will actually be under center this time around, not Jacoby Brissett. It might take more than a fight to take down the Patriots right now.