ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - It's been a while since Bills fans have been here. At 2-1, the Bills can go up on the Patriots by a full two games in the division standings with a win on Sunday. There's no streak to talk about this time around. The Bills put an end to that with last year's 34-31 win in Orchard Park.
"I think that last year, for us, was big in terms of knowing that we could win in the league and beat good teams," said Tight End Scott Chandler. "We got down early and we were able to grow as a team by coming together and coming back from that deficit."
"We know that every time we play them, they're a great team," noted Ryan Fitzpatrick. "They're the ones who have owned this division for a ling time now. And the division always goes through them. For us, regardless of the (1-2) record, they've lost two very tough games."
In those two losses to the Cardinals and Ravens, Tom Brady has been under heavy pressure. The Patriots quarterback has been sacked six times. He's only thrown two touchdown passes in those games, and has yet to complete a deep ball. It's a blueprint Mario Williams and the Bills pass rush hope to follow.
"In order for us to get where we want to get, we've got to get pressure on him," said Williams. "All the games that he's played in, where you've seen them not come out on top, has been because he's been disrupted and not been comfortable. It's up to us to get after him and keep him moving."
"Throughout the recent years, teams that have had success against the Patriots have been because of their pass rush," added Chris Keslay. "(The key is) getting guys on and around Brady and getting him doing things he's not used to doing."
The Bills remain hopeful that they'll have running back health heading in to this very important divisional matchup. Fred Jackson was back on the field, as the team began their week with Wednesday's practice. C.J. Spiller was held out but is hopeful to return later in the week.
"It's a big game for us, but at the same time I've got to be smart and make sure I'm out there able to make plays for my team and I'm not hindering them," Jackson said before practice. "We've got guys that can step up like Tashard (Choice, who had 91 yards rushing) did last week. But at the same time its the Patriots, so we need all guys on deck to go out there and get a win for us."
"Post practice and tomorrow morning will be the key on that, after he goes through some football stuff today," summed Chan Gailey.