Patriots coach Bill Belichick says matchup with Bills ‘absolutely’ has playoff feel
Bill Belichick asked if this matchup — with the division still up for grabs — has a playoff feel to it. “Absolutely. Absolutely. That’s what we’re here for.”
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) December 19, 2019
The Patriots can win the division with a win over the Bills and that’s not something the team is taking lightly. Belichick said the team has been working up to this point, and now the team needs to play their best game of the season.
“That’s what we’re here for,” Belichick said via Zack Cox of NESN. “You work all year to put yourself in a position to play in a game like this where you can win the division. You couldn’t say that in Week 4 or Week 6 or Week 8 or whenever it was. Well, we’re saying that now, so now is the time for us to play and coach our best football. That’s what we’re all here for.”
The first time these two teams faced off this season, the Patriots came out ahead 16-10, but it wasn’t even close to their best game of the season. Quarterback Tom Brady completed only 18 of 39 passes for 150 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception.
There have also been many players around the locker room who know how important this game is.
“This is a big game,” wide receiver Phillip Dorsett said. “We know that. They know that. Everybody in the building knows it. This is for the division — hat and T-shirt game. We’ve just got to put our best foot forward and just go out there and play as hard as we can.”
The Patriots can still win the division if they lose this game by winning their next game against the Miami Dolphins, but that isn’t something the Patriots want to deal with.