With all the games that will help determine which teams will be the AFC wild cards all scheduled for 4:25, it will be hard for the Bills players and coaches not to be watching the scoreboard in Miami to see what the Ravens, Titans and Chargers are doing.
Here is a sampling of what coach Sean McDermott and some players had to say about it:
Coach Sean McDermott: “I think the easiest answer to that is, really, if we don’t win it’s not going to matter. Focus on the task at hand and what’s in front of us and that means, through all the scenarios that are out there, the one common theme is (the) Bills have to win so we’ve got to do that first.”
Linebacker Preston Brown: "We’ll play at the same time, so you can’t really check your phones, see what they’re doing. We all have to focus on what we have to do. Around the league, I know a lot of people on the Bengals, so I try to talk to them to see what they have going on. We have to handle our business and try to get a win down in Miami."
Guard Richie Incognito: "We’re definitely going to be focused, locked in in our game. The scores are pretty accessible, in the stadium you can see them. But that doesn’t take us out of our game. We still have to go out there and produce and finish. Being this close with this group, and knowing the history and all that, I know our guys will respond the right way."
Running back LeSean McCoy: "That’s natural. I probably shouldn’t. I’ll tell Coach [Sean McDermott] I won’t but I probably will just to see what’s going on. I’ve been calling [Ravens WR Jeremy] Maclin the last three days just messing with him. I know he’s hurt so I’m trying to keep him out. But hey, it’s a must-win and we know that. So I’ll be watching, seeing what’s going on with Joe [Flacco] and the Ravens."
Center Eric Wood: "You have to stay focused and avoid it. I’d be naïve to say that I probably won’t glance up there at some point. In every NFL stadium, they’re projecting those scores pretty good. Mentally, you can’t let it affect you one way or the other. Games can swing one way or the other. Like I said, we have to focus on beating a good Miami football team; super talented team."
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor: "I won’t look up. I won’t force myself not to look at the scoreboard, but I’m not necessarily worried about that. More so, just focused on the game because the scenarios that are out there, the best scenario is when we win. We have to focus on winning the game, and let everything else take care of itself."