DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins were not amused by Sunday's trash talk from Buffalo Bills defensive back Leodis McKelvin, who guaranteed a Buffalo victory in Thursday night's rivalry game against the Dolphins.
In relation to the Dolphins, McKelvin said Sunday that Buffalo was "going to go out and beat that ass. Point blank. Period."
"For someone to just jump off saying things like that before the game being played, I don't know if he's trying to rally his team together or what they're trying to do," Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson said after Monday's practice. "It just seems cheap. But we're not worried about it. We're going to go handle our business. We know how important these AFC games are to win. We got to avenge ourselves."
Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive end and team captain Cameron Wake also shrugged off McKelvin's guarantee.
"I couldn't care less," Wake said. "When football starts becoming a debate, then I'd care about words. Until that day, football pads win and lose games, and that's what I care about."
Word travels fast in the NFL community. Wilson said some Miami players were aware of McKelvin's comments before the Dolphins boarded the team plane Sunday following their loss to the Detroit Lions. He said the initial reaction from Miami players was, "Wow! Didn't they just lose [to the Kansas City Chiefs]?"
However, there are reasons behind McKelvin's confidence. The Bills have won three straight games against the Dolphins by a combined score of 71-31. The most recent Bills victory over Miami was in Week 2, 29-10. The teams enter Thursday night's game with identical 5-4 records and need to win to stay in the playoff hunt in a crowded AFC field.
But the Dolphins believe Buffalo -- and McKelvin -- will see a different Miami team than the one the Bills beat in Week 2.
"I don't know if he's like these analysts that watch every one of our games and know what kind of team we are. I don't see the same [team]," Wilson said. "He must not be watching the games. We've developed into a pretty good team."
The Dolphins have rarely engaged in trash talk under third-year coach Joe Philbin. The Rex Ryan-led New York Jets have tried baiting Miami in the past to no avail. This week the Bills attempt to do the same leading into Thursday's playoff eliminator.
"Football is going to be decided on the field Thursday night at 8:25 p.m. or whenever kickoff is," Philbin said. "That's really what is important and that's really when all football games get decided is on the field."