So says Buffalo coach Rex Ryan, who conceded the AFC East to the undefeated New England Patriots this week even though the Bills — and everyone else in the division — still have a mathematical chance to catch the Super Bowl champions.
"They are going to win the division," he said this week as the Bills prepared for a rematch against the team that has bedeviled them for more than a decade.
"I don't see them losing four games. ... I hope I am wrong, but I don't see it happening."
The Patriots (9-0) have a four-game lead over Buffalo (5-4) with seven games left in the regular season.
The Bills could make a small dent in that on Monday night at Gillette Stadium, but Ryan knows that realistically everyone else in the division is playing for a wild-card berth.
Instead, the blustery Bills coach would be happy just to end New England's winning streak and spoil their chance at a second perfect regular season in nine years. Buffalo safety Corey Graham noted that it's not just them looking up at the Patriots in the standings.
"Everybody is chasing the Patriots," he said. "I mean, right now they are undefeated; they are playing great. They've pretty much been playing lights out the last 10 years. ... Obviously, you get tired of it. It is about time for us to go ahead and get some victories."