Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills really don't like the New England Patriots. And they're not afraid to say it.
"Don't nobody like the Patriots," Dareus said. "Let's just be honest about it now. Put it out there."
Safety Aaron Williams referred to his dislike as being personal.
"I just don't like New England," Williams said, fully appreciating his comments will likely wind up being bulletin-board material.
"They're a great football team, don't get that twisted at all," he said, before adding: "It's just the way they carry themselves."
Now, Williams said, it's time for the Bills to start backing up their emotions on Sunday, when the Super Bowl champions travel to Orchard Park for an early-season AFC East showdown between two 1-0 teams.
The Bills have good reason to carry ill will toward New England after serving as the Patriots' personal patsies for much of the past 15 seasons. It's a span in which Buffalo has gone 3-26. That includes a mean-nothing 17-9 win in last year's season finale, when playoff-bound New England rested most of its starters after the first half.
This year, the Bills vow, will be different in their latest bid to end what now stands as a 15-season playoff drought — the NFL's longest active streak. To do so, they know they need to unseat the Patriots, who have claimed the division 11 times since 2002.