1. Buffalo doesn’t need extra motivation this week
The 6-2 Bills are three-point underdogs to a 2-6 Cleveland Browns team. It’s a good thing the Bills already play with an underdog mentality each and every week.
“That’s not motivation to us,” Micah Hyde said. “For a lot of guys in this locker room, Sean brought them here for a reason. He brought me here for a reason, I’ve been overlooked. I’m hungry. I want to compete; I want to help this team win. A lot of guys are thinking the same thing. It is what it is. If we’re getting overlooked, then we’re going to have to fight and compete and try to win ballgames.”
By no means is Buffalo taking Cleveland lightly and Hyde considers it fair to think that the Browns are the most talented 2-6 offense he’s ever seen.
2. NFL.com’s Adam Schein loves Buffalo’s chances of making the playoffs
Lock it in, the Buffalo Bills are heading to the playoffs in 2019 says Adam Schein of NFL.com. At 6-2 Buffalo currently leads the wild card race. Schein predicts there are nine teams vying for the two wild card slots and the Bills are in a league of their own.
I love the defense. I love the head coach. I love the culture. I'm not surprised that quarterback Josh Allen has indeed progressed in Year 2, having just logged his third game of the season with a 100-plus passer rating -- something he only accomplished twice as a rookie. Meanwhile, third-round RB Devin Singletary's return to good health is a huge deal, as evidenced by the rookie's 140 total yards in Sunday's 24-9 win over Washington.
The Bills can absolutely hit 11 wins this year, putting them in a class of their own in the AFC wild-card race.
The biggest contenders for the wild card are the Colts (5-3), Chargers (4-5) and Raiders (4-4). On the outside looking in are the Steelers (4-4), Jaguars (4-5) and Titans (4-5). The Broncos (3-6) and Browns (2-6) will need to likely win out to make the playoffs.
3. Micah Hyde announces second annual charity softball game
Micah Hyde announced his second annual charity softball game to support the IMagINe for Youth Foundation on Tuesday. The game will be held at Sahlen Field at 1 pm on Saturday, May 31st with tickets already on sale.
“Looking back, being involved in athletics was more than Xs and Os,” Hyde said. “I learned to take the good with the bad, the bad with the good, and playing with countless personalities taught me how to coexist and be a team player. These are fundamentals that stuck with me. I believe sports is a gateway to learning how to be successful in the real world. I strongly believe that every child deserves the same opportunity to learn and experience those successes.”
Last year’s game featured over 35 different Bills players like Josh Allen, Dion Dawkins, Jerry Hughes, Jordan Poyer and Tre’Davious White. It also featured head coach Sean McDermott and Bills legends Fred Jackson and Eric Wood.
Tickets are $10 or $23 – Micah Hyde’s jersey number. A limited number of tickets are available for $85 for seats that include a Micah Hyde autographed football. Tickets can be purchased from the Bisons website.
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