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Rex Ryan hails Jaguars as ‘best two-win team I’ve ever seen’


The Buffalo Bills’ postseason prospects hang in the proverbial balance with the team sitting at 5-5. One reasonably could surmise that hosting the 2-8 Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is just the thing the Bills need to keep their playoff push trending upward as they sit on the outside looking in at a Wild Card spot.

Not so fast, says Bills head coach Rex Ryan, who argues that when it comes to the Jags, things aren’t exactly as they may seem.

“That’s the best two-win team I’ve ever seen,” Ryan said of the Jaguars, via the Buffalo News. “That’s the truth. I don’t get it. Statistically, they’re the seventh-rated defense in the league [in yards per game]. They’re ranked higher than we are on defense. Their offense is 21st in the league but now they’re healthy outside and they got three guys that can really play.”

Ryan’s reciting of where the Jaguars rank in certain categories is accurate, but as is often the case, statistics rarely tell the entire story. There’s a reason why Jacksonville has one of the worst records in the NFL, after all. And the reasons are numerous, beginning with the frequently inconsistent and often-sub-par performance of quarterback Blake Bortles.

All that aside, everything of course comes down to wins and losses, and Ryan was quick to point out that it’s not like his Bills squad has any right to look past any opponent at this point.

“Well hell, we’ve only won five,” Ryan said. “So I guess you can look at that, but who are we to look [down] at a two-win team? I don’t care if we’re playing West Seneca. It makes no difference right now. We know what our job is. We have to win and we recognize that and we know that.”

Ryan arguably is doing nothing more than engaging in some gamesmanship and armchair psychology to ensure his players don’t underestimate the Jaguars. But the fact remains that if the Bills fail to win at home on Sunday, the case can be made the team doesn’t deserve to remain in the hunt for the playoffs.

[Pro Football Talk]