This will be Tim Tebow's first game as a New York Jet. There, that's out of the way.
If you're looking for Tebow hype, this isn't the place. If you're looking for a Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer talking like most Bills' fans about how he hopes Tebow becomes a huge distraction, well, have at that.
OK, moving on...
Expectations haven't been higher for a Buffalo Bills season than they are heading into the team's Week 1 matchup with the New York Jets. There's so much excitement about the prospects of the Bills breaking their NFL-long 12 season playoff drought that it's easy to forget that the Bills have a 2-10 record within their division during coach Chan Gailey's two-year tenure.
That, of course, includes an 0-4 record against the Jets and a 1-3 record against Dolphins, whose former head coach, Tony Sparano, has presto bango into the Jets offensive coordinator.
The Bills' recent history in their own division reads a little like a horror movie script. Those eight games against Ryan's Jets and Sparano's Dolphins include lopsided losses like 35-8, 38-7, 38-14 and a number of epic rushing performances allowed. It would seem that between Sparano and Ryan, they have the Bills pretty much figured out.
So why should Bills fans be more optimistic? The biggest reason is that the Bills roster has real talent. There's a host of players with fewer than five years experience who have really come into their own with the team, and the addition of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson to the defensive line make it, on paper, one of the best defensive lines in the game. There's reason to believe the Bills won't allow 250-plus yards rushing to the Jets' formidable tailback duo of Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight.
And, given the Bills' dominating performance against Tebow's Denver Broncos last Christmas Eve, there's reason to hope the the Tebowcat can be tamed.