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Rex Ryan: I respect the Patriots, but I don't fear them

Rex Ryan has a zeal for matching up against Bill Belichick and the Patriots. AP Photo/Bill Wippert

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan took the podium Wednesday for a second time this week in advance of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots and continued to express his trademark confidence.

"I'll say this: I respect them probably as much as any team in the league, "Ryan said. "But I don't fear them, I can tell you that much. We don't fear anybody. In fact, we're looking forward to it.

"And I get it: they got all the trophies, they got the record that says what it is. but I think we got the same record [1-0] as [them] in that stadium on Sunday. It's a brand new team and we'll see what happens."

Ryan added that he "accepts the challenge" of the game and wouldn't back down.

"We've gone against each other a zillion times. He knows I respect him, but he also knows that I'm going to try like hell to beat him," Ryan said. "I'm not beat just when ... they have to earn the victory. And they have over the years. But they're going to get every single thing I have, every single thing that my players have and our coaching staff.

"And then if they beat us then they beat us. But we don't concede anything. We're not beat just because they get off the bus, like some teams."