BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After the Bills took a victory formation against the Colts in a stunning victory in week one, focus turned to the Patriots, the Bills’ next opponent. A host of trash talking ensued, and Rex Ryan led the charge.
“I relish any challenge and this is a big challenge,” Ryan said in a Wednesday press conference. “It is a personal challenge.”
Ryan respects future Hall of Fame coach Bill Belichick, however he has held a hyper-competitive rivalry with him — the two have always been head coaches in the same division.
“I mean I’ll take the victory, but shoot he’s going to get what I’ve got and he knows it,” Ryan said.
Ryan’s team backed him up on Twitter, too. When Belichick spoke at his press conference, he noted his team would control the volume of Bills fans by commanding the field.
In reply as a Tweet, the Buffalo Bills said, “That’s cute.”
Inside the Buffalo Bills store, a convenient coincidence may be another form of trash talk. Front and center for sale, the Bills are selling pumps for inflating footballs — potentially a clear shot at the “Deflategate” scandal.
But fans, too, are rallying around the team and their coach. When Patriots fans fired back, firing off a photo of the newly unveiled statue of Ralph Wilson with a Patriots hat on his head, crafty Bills fans quickly responded.
Fans are also preparing to make the Ralph Wilson Stadium the loudest it has ever been, and even hosted a campaign to fund an attempt to set a world record for stadium volume.
On Sunday, the trash talk will mean little when coaching, tactics and skill will control the outcome of the game. But the Bills can only help their fans — the 12th man — will give a helping hand.