Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Johnson on Bills in Toronto: 'It isn't a home game'


This week, Buffalo Bills players have been much more diplomatic than last year when discussing their thoughts on the team's annual "home" game in Toronto.

Well, at least Bills players not named Stevie Johnson. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

"We know that it isn’t a home game, we know our fans want it to be played at the Ralph," Johnson said, according to the team's media site. "It is what it is, we play up in Toronto and that’s it, the rest is whatever."

Buffalo will "host" the Seattle Seahawks at the Rogers Centre Sunday in the fifth episode of its five-year Toronto Series campaign. The Bills are slated to sign another five-year deal to play north of the border.

Last season, some Bills players didn't seem too thrilled about the prospect of traveling for a home game that had a "neutral" feel. Prior to that game, a win over the Washington Redskins, they had never won above the border in three tries.

At the time, safety George Wilson said the atmosphere at the Rogers Centre is "night and day" from Ralph Wilson Stadium, that the game is just for "show" and that attending fans cheer for both teams. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick added that the trip was "part of the deal" and that the team just rolls with it.

Fitzpatrick represented his teammates with a politically-correct stance this time around when asked about Buffalo's trip north.

"I do not want to make any headlines or be controversial here," Fitzpatrick cautioned Wednesday. "I think there was a radio show about me yesterday. The atmosphere is different. I think everybody knows that. It’s much different than the Ralph in terms of the noise and the intensity.

"We have to be able to take advantage of we are going to have more fans there than they will."

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