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Rex Ryan 'can't wait' to play 'hated' Patriots

Rex Ryan doesn't shy away from an opportunity to vocalize his opinions on the Patriots. The Bills host the Patriots on Sunday, and Ryan is already fired up about the much-anticipated matchup with his rival.

"I can't wait to see what our fans are going to be like when you have the hated Patriots -- I mean, this kind of rival coming in," Ryan said at a press conference via the Boston Herald. "I'm looking forward to it. I'm so glad that we play the game here. So that's gonna be fun."

In March at the NFL Annual Meeting, Ryan told NFL Media's Judy Battista that he hoped the Billsclosed the gap on the reigning world champion Patriots. Ryan reiterated those sentiments on Monday, claiming the Patriots are still the team to beat in the AFC East -- despite the Dolphins, Jets, Patriots and Bills all winning their respective Week 1 duels.

"I don't know if anything has changed," he said. "They're kind of the hunted in my eyes. They're the world champions.

"The Patriots ... they're the ones you want to beat."

As far as strategy for the game goes, Ryan said his plan has been ready for awhile.

It's safe to say Ryan and the Bills have had Sept. 20 circled on their calendar for a long time.

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