FOXBORO -- The Bills know they're out of the playoffs.
So what's left? What's their motivation for Sunday's game against New England, a team that was promised a postseason berth two weeks earlier?
The answer is actually an easy one, according to Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller, and it has nothing to do with playing spoiler.
"We’re just trying to go out there and win a game," he said on a conference call. "We’re not really thinking about that. We’ll let the outside people talk about all that stuff, but we’re just trying to prepare the best way we can to try to go out there and put together our best game so far this year."
The Patriots certainly did their best to talk up 6-9 Buffalo on Tuesday. Both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady looked past their opponent's meager win column to impressive stats like 56.0 sacks (most in the league) and 22 interceptions (second-most in the league).
Spiller explained the Bills are looking at Sunday's game a similar way. You can throw every other week out the window.
"A lot of people say you are what your record is, but to us we know we’ve got a great team here," he insisted. "We just lost some heartbreaking games. That’s the way this league goes. We just have to find a way to be able to get over that edge, and we will. We’ve got a great leadership group."
It's an interesting thought. The Patriots have been in 11 games decided by one possession and won seven of them. When asked how New England has overcome all the injuries suffered this season to consistently come out on top, Spiller pointed to the same thing: Leadership.
"Coach Belichick and Tom Brady find a way to get wins. Can’t put too much thought in it. And that’s what it’s all about; it’s all about that day. Can’t expect nothing else but getting ready to play."