Ryan's preoccupation with the Patriots borders on obsession, perhaps because Belichick is his football opposite, perhaps because Belichick is regarded as the best coach in the league.
If you haven't been keeping up with the Patriots, you don't know Brady is serving his four-game Deflategate suspension.
In the home locker room Wednesday afternoon, both quarterbacks stood at their lockers before practice, holding simultaneous press conferences.
He also issued a stern "no" when asked if he felt pressured by the team to play against Houston which resulted in Brissett making his first career start.
Ryan crashed the Patriots' conference call on Wednesday, impersonating a reporter, and asked Julian Edelman about the Patriots' quarterback options this weekend. It seemed he didn't know who the questioner was when he gave his answer about delivering water on the sidelines. "When he comes in [today], see how he feels and we'll make our evaluations there as we go forward". "They're not going to do us any favors". It worked well - and you have to think they'll bring it again this week. On the other side of the ball, they've been without Chandler Jones (traded), Rob Ninkovich (suspended, one more game) and Dont'a Hightower (knee).
The Bills, who upset the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday to earn their first win of young season, have dreaded trips to Gillette during the Belichick era. Ryan is only 35-48 since leading the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010, and has lost to the Patriots 11 times out of 15, and nine of the past 10.
It's the question of the week in New England. LeSean McCoy has run for 227 yards and three touchdowns. But the Bills might get massive left tackle Cordy Glenn back.