ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- One day after coach Rex Ryan said he didn't know the name of Patriots running back Dion Lewis, Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus fired another salvo in advance of Sunday's game between the AFC East rivals.
"Don't nobody likes the Patriots," Dareus said Tuesday. "Let's just be honest about it now. Put it out there."
Moments earlier in the locker room, safety Aaron Williams also voiced his disdain for the Patriots.
"I don't like New England, so yeah it's definitely personal for me," Williams said. "That's just the way I feel. They're a great football team. Don't get that twisted at all. That's why they're the four-time NFL champs."
Williams pointed to the Patriots' attitude as the reason for his feelings toward them.
"Just the way they carry themselves on the field and stuff," he said. "All the stuff that has happened to me in the past with some of the players has definitely gone through the roof for me. That's a reason it's personal for me and they're our rival. It's the history. So it's not just personal. It's the Buffalo Bills' history."
The Bills and Patriots will square off Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium after both teams won their regular-season openers. Buffalo upset the Indianapolis Colts, 27-14, three days after the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 28-21.
The Boston Globe published a column Tuesday with the headline, "After Patriots, AFC East is still a trio of zeros," which became a hot topic in the Bills' locker room.
"You can't say nothing about that," Bills receiver Sammy Watkins said. "We just got to go out there and play the game. We know they've been dominating this league and winning games and make it to the playoffs every year.
"But this our year, I think. We just got to go out there and play and have fun. We got great coaches, great players and a great staff. We're just gonna leave everything on the field and can't wait for Sunday."