Bills vs. Jets: Interesting match-up
Posted at: 09/07/2012 3:34 PM
By: Robin De Wind | WHEC.com
The Buffalo Bills are set to open their season against divisional rival the New York Jets. The coaches for both teams remain the same, but the Bills look a lot different on defense and the Jets offensively they’ve added an apparently new an improved element with Tim Tebow.
The Buffalo Bills don’t normally capture a lot of attention, but you can bet a lot of eyes will be on their season opener Sunday with the New York Jets. The Bills have spent big money in the off-season adding Mario Williams to their much improved defense. But the Jets trump that, with the addition of their new and improved wildcat offense apparently led by Tim Tebow.
Bills receiver David Nelson was a Tim Tebow believer long before he became a national phenom.
Nelson said, “He has something different about him. He's wired differently in just the way he approaches life he wants to win in everything he does.”
The former Florida Gators met up last year when the Bills played Denver on Christmas Eve this year. This year, facing Tebow in the opener, the communication has been limited.
Nelson said, “We texted a couple of times this week, just some good luck stuff.”
The unconventional Jets have had the Bills number, winning seven of the past eight meetings. The Bills admitted have a lot to prove.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills quarterback, said, “I did some things last year that were good but at the same time I did not put together a full season. Last year being the year that I was going in as the guy and the starter I have to be able to be consistent all year.”
Notching a victory against the Jets would be a good start. The Bills preparing for Mark Sanchez will also have to factor in the unpredictable Rex Ryan wildcat offense led by Tebow.
Chan Gailey, Bills Head Coach, said, “He beat the Steelers in the playoffs last year throwing the football to win the ball game. That does create a problem. He does create that kind of problem for a defense.”
Despite the Jets now showing much offense in the preseason, the Bills say they are ready and their highly anticipated pass-rush seems unphased by Tebow mania.
Williams said, “That’s the thing, we will be the first ones to face it obviously. It's one of those things we have to be able to adjust quickly though depending on what they do come out with.”
The Bills have their own wildcat plan with quarterback and former Jet Brad Smith. He is listed as probably for Sunday after struggling with a groin injury. Also, receiver Stevie Johnson is expected to play Sunday after sitting out practice Thursday, resting his groin injury. He is listed as questionable.