BOSTON (CBS) — Buffalo Bills fans gave Rex Ryan a warm welcome, and their cheers just grew louder as their team beat the Indianapolis Colts 27-14 on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory in hand in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Bills fans confidently shifted their sing-song message towards their Week 2 opponent, chanting, “We Want Brady!”READ MORE: Bruins Rule Out Matt Grzelcyk For Monday Night's Game Vs. Ducks
It’s not too often opposing teams relish in the thought of bringing Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to town. But with Ryan now calling the shots on the sidelines, the Bills and Buffalo are a much more confident team and fan base as they gear up for their Week 2 showdown with the Patriots.
Asked about the Pats following Sunday’s win, Ryan said he would savor his debut victory with his new team first and wouldn’t shift his focus to Brady and the Patriots until after enjoying “a couple of beers.”
Those beverages have been consumed, and the celebration is over. Now Rex and his staff are working hard to get his team prepared for whatever the Patriots may bring to Orchard Park, New York. He’s confident his Bills will be ready, and he knows for a fact the fans will be just as fired up as they were against the Colts.READ MORE: Harmony Montgomery's Stepmother 'Knows What Law Enforcement Is Closing In On Learning,' Prosecutors Say
“I can’t wait to see what our fans are going to be like when you have the hated Patriots, I mean, this kind of rival coming into our stadium,” Ryan told reporters on Monday. “I don’t think our fans need any more prompting.”
Ryan’s Bills did their best to shut down Andrew Luck and the Colts on Sunday, holding Indianapolis to 304 yards of offense while picking Luck off twice. Now the focus is on knocking off their division foe, a task Ryan knows is never easy. He was just 3-9 against New England as HC of the NYJ, but his approach to Sunday’s game remains the same.
“They’re still the hunted in my mind. They’re the world champions, the ones you want to knock off. That hasn’t changed a whole lot,” said Ryan. “It’s a tough Sunday because of their skill. Great coach, a Hall of Fame quarterback, that’s what makes it more difficult than anything else. We don’t have to worry about getting our team ready to play. The Patriots are the ones you want to beat. It’s not like we’re just now preparing for them.”
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