ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Bills 2-0 start surprised many who follow the NFL. And for a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 14 years, the message is clear: it's no time to start thinking about getting there just two games into the season.
"The guys have done a great job putting it in the past," said linebacker Brandon Spikes. "We enjoyed it. We've got a 24-hour rule and it was time to move on."
"This is a much different team than we've had before," added center Eric Wood. "At the same time you never want to be complacent and the coaches, the captains, everybody's done a good job of coming out and working each day."
"I've been 2-0 before. It isn't the first time for me, and then things go south fast if you don't pay attention to what you're doing," running back Fred Jackson said.
"That's why I keep putting it in the media and telling the guys in the room that's nothing," wide receiver Mike Williams said. "Two games of the season, we're glad we're 2-0 right now but we've got to focus on San Diego and the rest of the season. Them games is gone. No matter if we'd have been 0-2, we've got to drop them.
Two games and two wins now behind them, the Bills gear up for a strong San Diego Chargers team - one coming off a playoff appearance last season, and an impressive win last week against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
"This is a great opportunity for us to really see where we're at because this is a playoff team that has Super Bowl written all over them," said running back C.J. Spiller, who named AFC Special Teams player of the week for his 102-yard kickoff return touchdown against Miami. "This will be a great week to see where are as a team and our maturity level."
They get a ton of respect, but even before that they're a consistent playoff team," said quarterback EJ Manuel. "So I think this is a great matchup to kind of see and truly gague where we're at as a team. But I don't necessarily think we're looking at it as that. I think we're looking at it is they're our next opponent. We know they're a great team."
For the Bills, a win would be another step on the way to becoming a contender themselves.