It’s not often the Buffalo Bills go on the road and blowout their hosts. Last week against the Miami Dolphins, it was about as good an outcome as they could have envisioned.
It proved the Bills can rebound from adversity, following defeat at the hands of the imposing New England Patriots.
More than a week after that loss, Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan continues to mention his team’s 4th quarter performance. He believes that the Bills team that dropped 41 points on Miami a week later, actually hit their stride the week before.
That level of performance will be indeed needed again when they face off the against the New York Giants and two-time Super Bowl winner, Eli Manning.
“I like the fact that he beat [Tom] Brady twice, so, I like that,” jests Ryan. “I’m not all the way over the Brady butt-kicking he did against us, but what I love was how we battled back. When a team was clearly trying to embarrass us, we stood up to them and said ‘all right, here we are. We’re going to give you our best shot, regardless of what the scoreboard is!’
The Bills went on to score three touchdowns, to Miami’s three points.
Bills Quarterback Tyrod Taylor thinks the loss to New England made the Buffalo team hungry.
“In the 4th quarter, the type of run that we made, wasn’t enough to win the game, but it definitely showed how hungry we were. That carried over to last week’s practices and our preparations, and it’s going to continue to fuel us,” attests Taylor.
“We started something at the end of that game. We know our talent level and we know our demeanor and what we have to do to win games,” concurs Bills Linebacker, Nigel Bradham. “We obviously see that we have to be calm and not get frustrated in certain situations and keep continuing to play ball.”
Ryan said, “when we talk about building a team that represented our community, and the pride that we would take in playing 60 minutes, that showed it right there, if anybody ever doubted it.”
His feelings about Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick have also long been chronicled, but what about the Giants’ Tom Coughlin, the same coach he shared a stadium with for six years in New York?
“He’s a great guy,” Ryan admits. He says their different people but Coughlin has a nice personality and is one of true legends of the gridiron.
Simple put: “He’ll be in Canton.”