Rex Ryan's seat is getting so hot it could melt his pants. So here's a fun game to play: What's Rex's best win with the Bills? ... Does he have one?
The Bills are 15-15 during Ryan's two seasons with the team. It looks like they only playoff teams his Bills will have beaten are the 2015 Texans that won their division at 9-7 and the 2016 Patriots that were playing with third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
We'll go through the candidates in chronological order.
Tyrod Taylor beat Andrew Luck, 27-14, in his first game as a starter (even though Matt Cassel technically got the start at QB) in the season opener following Indy's 11-5 season. The Colts went on to lose five of their first eight games and missed the playoffs.
2015 Jets away
The 4-4 Bills beat the 5-3 Jets in East Rutherford, 22-17, in a nationally televised Thursday night game. It was Rex's first trip back to play his former team.
Tyrod Taylor hit Charles Clay for a 40-yard touchdown with 1:53 left to break open a tie game before the Bills won, 30-21. The Texans fell to 6-6 with the loss but rebounded to make the playoffs. Quarterback Brian Hoyer got replaced in the offseason and was backing up for the Bears this year before going on injured reserve.
2015 Jets home
Rex's former team came to Buffalo for the season finale needing a win to clinch a playoff berth. The Bills were out of contention, but banded together for a 22-17 win that allowed Pittsburgh to get into the playoffs.
The Cardinals were trendy Super Bowl pick earlier this season after going 13-3 a year ago, but the Bills handled them at New Era Field, 33-18. Much like last year's Colts, the Cardinals have turned out to be pretenders, currently owning a 5-8-1 record.
Yes, the Bills shut out Bill Belichick at Gillette Stadium for the first time ever, 16-0. But the Patriots were down to their their third-string quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, who played through a thumb injury that sent him to injured reserve as soon as Tom Brady returned the following week.
See earlier entries for the Colts and Cardinals. Sure, the Bengals had made the playoffs five years in a row, but this year's team looks pretty lame at 5-8-1. Plus A.J. Green got injured on the first series.
I don't know what else you'd really be looking at here. If there was another good game I would've written about it. Please don't tell me the comeback against the 3-13 Titans last year belongs on this list.
None of the above
Do any of these wins sound that impressive? Almost all of them have a significant drawback. The best quarterbacks Ryan has beaten are Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer, who were on lousy teams those years. After that it's ... Andy Dalton? Blake Bortles? Ryan Tannehill? Please say Ryan Tannehill.
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