Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets: Bold Predictions for Each Team

Jeremy SickelContributor IIISeptember 7, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 30:  Mark Sanchez #6 (L) and Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets stand on the sidelines during their preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills travel to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Jets in what—at least on paper—looks to be a very uninteresting matchup on Sunday.

However, any game involving Tim Tebow—even if he is on the bench—is must-see TV.

Who knows how Rex Ryan plans to use him this season? But be rest assured that we will all be informed of Tebow’s whereabouts throughout the entire year.

This game has the potential to be a very slow, grind-it-out type of contest. Both defenses match-up well and should be able to handle whatever the opposing offense throws their way.

Aside from the Jets being plastered all over SportsCenter, the Bills made one of the bigger splashes this offseason by signing defensive end Mario Williams (formerly of the Houston Texans) to a hefty contract.

Buffalo looks to cement itself as the second best team in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots while the Jets seem to only care about the various ways they can be the top story on every sports outlet.

Here is one bold prediction for each team heading into Sunday’s opener.

CJ Spiller Emerges as Bills Version of Darren Sproles

CJ Spiller was taken with the ninth-overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft for a reason. He is very talented, and that started to show throughout last year.

Spiller is a very versatile player who runs and catches the ball well out of the backfield. The Bills have also utilized him on special teams returning kicks.

While he may not unseat Fred Jackson as the starter in Buffalo, New Orleans Saints’ uber-back Darren Sproles may have laid the blueprint on just how Spiller can succeed in this league.

Though much bigger than Sproles, Spiller’s skill-set is very comparable. They are both quick, compact, runners who rely on their speed and vision to make plays on the football field.

Sproles is Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ best friend. The Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick will do well for themselves by taking this page out of New Orleans’ playbook.

Tim Tebow Finds the Endzone

While Mark Sanchez certainly hasn’t taken the steps toward superstardom, which was expected of him early in his career, it is painfully obvious that he is a much better quarterback than Tebow.

However, Tebow has a knack for winning. He won at the University of Florida and he was successful in his short time with the Denver Broncos. While not always pretty, he seems to get the job done somehow.

Rex Ryan certainly doesn’t shy away from controversy. He is well aware that playing Tebow over Sanchez will stir the pot. We should all be looking for a little of that as early as this Sunday’s matchup with the Bills. Ryan may even pull the plug on Sanchez if he can’t find any rhythm early on.

Regardless of what type—or the number—of plays he sees, anytime the Jets are near the goal line, you better be on the lookout for Tebow.


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