ATLANTA – The "nobody believed in us" motivational tank was full of fuel for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Running back LeSean McCoy was sure to remind everyone of that, too. As the Bills' locker room opened to the media following their 23-17 upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons, McCoy was there to greet reporters, telling them – loudly – that "y'all picked us to lose, so y'all come talk to the winners!" McCoy repeated a variation of that line several times before a public relations staffer for the Bills had him dial it down a notch.
Here's how LeSean McCoy greeted the media once we were let into locker room.
"You all picked us to lose! Come talk to the winners!" pic.twitter.com/9QduQ13Ykm
— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) October 1, 2017
The Bills' social media account got into the act, as well, poking some fun at ESPN's staff picks.
This is getting old.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 1, 2017
McCoy was more measured in his comments in his postgame news conference.
“I was just letting the media know that it’s time to talk to the winners," he said while giving credit to the Falcons. "I’m just having fun with it. ... They’re a good team. You can see the success they’ve had over the years. They fight hard until the end. We got some breaks today, and we still need to finish better on offense. Overall, we played well as a team, and we won."
McCoy finished the game with 108 yards from scrimmage, rushing 20 times for 76 yards and adding three catches for 32 yards. While that's not dynamite by his star standards, it's a big improvement from the last two games, when he was held to a combined 30 yards on 26 carries in a loss to Carolina and a win over Denver.
"It was a gritty win," McCoy said. "We had to fight for everything. We had to be tough on defense, special teams, and third and shorts. It was a gritty game. There are a lot of guys who work hard and look forward to these types of matchups.”
That would include the Bills' offensive line, which has paved the way for the No. 1-ranked rushing attack the past two years and had gotten impatient with the lack of success on the ground the last two weeks.
“They took it upon themselves to get me some room," McCoy said. "Those guys have been putting in work for years. ... The guys today just put us on their shoulders and said, 'Let’s move the front. Let’s get it going. Let’s run the ball.' "
The end result was an upset few saw coming – a fact McCoy and his teammates were happy to remind people of.
Hilarious how people called this an upset. But we expected to today 🤷🏾♂️
— Jerel Worthy (@I_AM_Worthy99) October 2, 2017