5. #BillsMafia is in the house
The Bills called and their fans answered. Despite being over 1,000 miles away from Western New York, the Bills will have their trusty contingent on hand today to make themselves feel right at home in enemy territory. The famed Bills Mafia has already made their presence known throughout H-Town. Decked out from head to toe in Bills gear, fans were spotted in bunches at the Houston Bills Backers event on Friday, Jan. 3, and heard around the area singing the "Shout Song." Staging a takeover, fans are eager to leave their mark on another NFL city as they cheer their team on against the Texans. May the best fans win.
4. T-Pain takes Texas
Not only will Bills fans make sure the energy level is through the roof during the game, the Texans have ensured the halftime performance will also be exciting. T-Pain, a Florida born rapper, singer and songwriter whose early songs lined the charts in the 2000s, will take the field at intermission to play a few favorites.
3. Road warriors taking it 1 battle at a time
In the NFL, it's one thing to secure "W's" on your own turf and another to stack victories on the road – especially in the playoffs. Bills head coach Sean McDermott and his team have found success in this crucial area throughout the 2019 campaign, winning six away contests and tying the franchise record for most in a season. Understanding what's at stake on this souped-up business trip, Buffalo's sideline boss, who's coached in 26 playoff games during his tenure in the league, is keeping his team grounded in the processes that have gotten them to this point.
"It's just routine, standard routine, stay consistent," he said. "You get out typically what you put into it, so we got to have a good week of preparation and stay consistent with our approach. Whether it's young players or older players, we've got to have the veteran players lead our team and work on our fundamentals this week. They're a good football team, well coached football team, with a lot of playmakers."
Scroll through to see the best photos from Buffalo's practice as they prepare for the Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans.
2. Houston, you have a problem.
…and his name is Tre'Davious White. At just 24 years old, the cornerback out of LSU is having a career season. After being selected to the Pro Bowl just a few weeks ago, White has also been named a first team All-Pro by The Associated Press. Personal accolades aside, the guy is a team player through and through. Giving it his all each time he steps foot on the field, White – who finished the regular season tied for the lead in interceptions – is poised to make a huge impact for the Bills on defense and cause an equally big headache for Houston's offense.
1. Championship Caliber
Although it's only been a few seasons since the team's last playoff appearance, the Bills know that this time around is different. Paving their own path to the postseason, Buffalo is abiding by a singular standard – "Championship Caliber." As the team looks to obtain their first playoff win since 1995, they'll do so on their own terms.