With one week left until the playoffs begin, the Buffalo Bills are locked into the fifth seed in the AFC playoff picture after a 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots this past Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
The Bills had a slim chance to clinch the AFC East division title this past week, needing to beat the Patriots and also getting a win over the New York Jets in Week 17, while also needing a New England loss to the Miami Dolphins in their regular season finale.
However, things went the Patriots' way as they went on to score 11 unanswered points, while getting offensive production against a stingy Bills defense, putting up 414 yards of total offense. And while the Bills offense did not turn the ball over like they did during their Week 4 matchup with New England in Orchard Park, the Patriots were able to limit the Buffalo to 17 points, and shut down any chance of a comeback late in the game.
Bills safety Micah Hyde joined Mike Schopp and the Bulldog for his weekly Buffalo Football Monday appearance on WGR to recap Saturday's loss to the Patriots, as well as give his thoughts on the Jets heading into the final game of the regular season.
Here is some of what he had to say:
"We played tough on offense, defense and special teams. We felt like defensively we let some things slip. We could have kept ourselves in the game, especially late. They had a couple of huge drives, huge plays on us that we weren't able to stop. We felt like we could have given ourselves a better chance towards the end of the game."
"As of right now, I'm going out there to prepare and play the Jets. Personally, that's my mindset. We haven't really talked about our plan, as far as playing time and all that stuff yet. I think everybody is going into this week preparing to play their best football. It's an opportunity to go out there and play well. Obviously you want to have a lot of momentum heading into the playoffs. You don't want to just go in limping and getting by, so to get win No. 11 would be huge. Thinking personally, I would love to be playing well. I want to go out there and make some plays. Obviously confidence is big in this league, and I think that's the No. 1 motive to get into the playoffs."
"It's a great time to be a Bills fan, a Bills player and to be in this community. Everybody is excited. We're having fun. Getting here in 2017 and getting into the playoffs, looking back now it's so hard to get to the playoffs, and seeing that that team was able to make it, what a huge accomplishment that was. Obviously the years in between of making the playoffs and how big that was. And then now just having a complete team. I feel like our quarterback situation is solved, we feel like we have a good defense, and we're all happy and all having fun. It's a blessing."
"The future of this community and this team is bright. I fell like with what [head coach] Sean [McDermott] is doing, the culture, the guys in the locker room, the people that he has in that building, everybody is striving to do big things. I don't think making it to the playoffs is the ultimate goal. Back in 2017, that might have been the goal and if we win the Super Bowl we won the Super Bowl... we all really enjoyed that. But I think now, this year's team is more about winning Super Bowls, and I think that's how it's going to be for the future."
"I think you have to be fundamentally sound. Going into an away game in the NFL is fun. The crowd is against you, and we take pride in that. It gives us a little bit more energy going into an away place and people yelling and screaming at you. I think it started back in the preseason and when we went to Carolina. Sean made that a big point with the joint practices, going down there and treating it like an away game and all coming together. I think that's where it started, and then from there we were able to play well on the road."
You can listen to the entire interview below: