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“I think we’re all a little happy to have this game on Thursday, because it gives a chance to erase this last game and get back to football very quickly,” Bush said. “I know that I’ve bounced back before. I’ll bounce back again, and we’ll be OK.”

It might help Bush’s outlook knowing he had a career-best 203 yards rushing and scored on a 76-yard run in a 30-23 win at Buffalo last December.

The Bills‘ defense isn’t much better this season despite the addition of Williams, who signed a six-year, $100 million contract in free agency. Buffalo has allowed 285 points, fewer only than Tennessee _ no one is giving up more than the Bills‘ 36.6 points per game _ and 1,473 yards rushing, while Williams has hardly made a dent in improving the pass rush. Williams has 4 1/2 of the Bills‘ 20 sacks, which is five ahead of where they were at this point last season.

“The biggest thing for us is to make a stand,” Williams said. “Definitely, it’s got to start some time. We’ve got seven games, but if you don’t start it sooner than later, then we’re basically just spinning our wheels.”

The Bills have spent plenty of time stuck in neutral. And it’s become difficult to keep count the number of times they’ve been asked how important it is to win the next game.

“As we continue to lose, people keep asking that question. I feel like we had to have them all,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “We’re disappointed. We’re not where we want to be. But we’ve got to start winning at some point, and this is a great week to do it.”

The Bills are coming off a 37-31 loss at New England, which once again exposed their inability to compete against division rivals. Buffalo’s lost eight straight against AFC East opponents, and is 4-23 in division games since 2008.

“Our backs are against the wall,” Barnett said. “We have to win every game, I feel. And it starts with this game.”

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