- Mike Rodak, ESPN Staff Writer
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Think Rex Ryan will be ready for that game?
Sure, the Bills' coach wasn't too bummed when Brady was suspended in May. "You just want to beat them. I don't care who's back there," Ryan said publicly.
But privately, do you really think Ryan wanted to miss the chance to torment Brady and the Patriots' offense on the Bills' home turf, in front of 72,000 fans who have watched Brady haunt Buffalo for the past 14 seasons? C'mon. Of course not.
Bills fans wouldn't have been too broken up if the Patriots stumbled through their first four games without Brady, and if the Bills made quick work of Jimmy Garoppolo on Sept. 20. It would have been an ideal scenario for the Bills, who are trying to crack the postseason field for the first time since 1999.
Yet Brady, who has 23-3 career record against the Bills, is Buffalo's biggest nemesis. If the Bills want to topple the Patriots this season, taking down Brady in Week 2 would make it that much sweeter.
Ryan might not admit it, but you know this is exactly what he wanted.