The Cincinnati Bengals are trying to build some motivation for their Sunday Night Football game against the Buffalo Bills.
Their attempt, however, is a real challenge.
On Thursday, two of the Bengals’ star receivers, Tyler Boyd and Ja’Marr Chase, claimed that several Bills players said they would have won last year’s playoff game if the game had been played in better conditions.
“When we won in the snow, some players said that without the snow they would have beaten us. We are here now,” Boyd told the media. “So we’ll see what the outcome is.”
“Yeah, I remember that,” Chase said. “It’s a crazy thing to say, but yes, I do. This doesn’t excite me. That’s their opinion. We still won in the end.
However, the quote they are referring to is much more innocent than they make it out to be. And to make matters worse for them, the player who made these comments is no longer with Buffalo.
After the Bills’ season ended last season, wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie discussed the loss with Go Long’s Ty Dunne. McKenzie mentioned that the weather was affecting Buffalo’s play, but his comments toward Cincinnati were actually complimentary.
“The Bengals were running base routes, maybe we should have done that, running base routes,” McKenzie told Dunne. “Like routes, go with balls, you know, instead of running routes that you have to run laterally or back to the football, or turn and run loops and things like that. If we were at a lady’s house it would have been a totally different game.
McKenzie’s comments highlight that the Bengals’ game plan was built for the elements while Buffalo’s didn’t work due to snow and slippery field conditions.
One Bengals analyst, however, wasn’t surprised to see a few players using McKenzie’s comments as motivation. Joe Goodberry of the Bengals on the Brain said the team took everything as an affront.
“Bills fans who have a hard time realizing that the Bengals take EVERYTHING as an affront. » Goodberry wrote on. “They use anything to motivate themselves. And it worked for them. It’s not personal, but they’re going to make it personal.
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