Rex Ryan likes nothing better than beating the Patriots.
His Buffalo Bills managed that 16-0 shutout in Week 4, with a very big absence on the New England side. Yeah, that guy: Tom Brady.
On Sunday, the star quarterback brings his 6-1 team to Buffalo. Brady has owned the Bills throughout his career, and pretty much owned Ryan, too.
Brady is 25-3 against the Bills. Those 25 victories are one short of matching the NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent: Brett Favre had 26 against Detroit.
"Well I think the last time was a great time to play them," says Ryan, who is 3-11 in the regular season, but 1-0 in the playoffs vs. Brady in Ryan's stints with the Jets and Bills (4-3 this season). "They've got a new player back there for some reason. He looks decent.
"I shouldn't make waves by saying he doesn't look the same to me."
Asked if a quarterback approaching 40 has ever looked so good, Ryan responded: "I think you can cut it off and say, `Have you ever seen a quarterback that good?'"
Brady has torn up Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in his three starts.
Now that he is done with the AFC North for a while, he goes after the only team to smudge New England's record so far. To Brady, Buffalo is a challenge despite his dominance of the Bills.
"Yeah, I think the players do a good job disguising their looks and giving you some different looks," he says of Buffalo's defense. "He has always had good defenses when he's played us. He's had very good players.
"They have a good scheme, and that's what makes it challenging. Last time we played them, we didn't score points, we didn't play particularly well. They played really well."