As the Bills get closer to the much valued home opener, fans tend to take a closer look at the opponent. See the teams strengths, weaknesses, and how they match up against Buffalo. This season the opponent is much too familiar, and if you’ve watched SportsCenter at all this off-season you’ve probably heard way more about the Jets than you ever wanted to.
Of course the big story line that has been fueling the Jets coverage starts under center with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Even though most doubt we see that much of Tebow, Sanchez should be a major storyline. In my eyes the Bills success comes down to the battle between Sanchez and the Bills’ defensive backs.
Shonn Greene is not an elite NFL runningback. The Jets know that and the Bills know that. The Jets offense lives and dies with Mark Sanchez at this point, which is why many are doubting the boys in green. Since coming into the league Sanchez has been inconsistent and has had some lackluster efforts against the Bills.
On the other side of things the Bills corners are one of the biggest question marks on the roster. Keeping with the theme of inconsistency, Aaron Williams is going to be one of the players to watch on the defense. Sometimes last season he looked great. At other times he looked absolutely terrible. With him likely starting week one look for Sanchez and the Jets to test him early. We don’t know what to expect yet from rookie Stephon Gilmore, who appears to be starting on the other side. Due to injuries the Bills don’t know if they’ll have the services of Terrence McGee either, which can’t help.
If the Jets offense can get on a roll early on, I’d expect a long day for the Bills defense. If the passing game opens up so does the run game, and this pre-season they were prone to falling apart a tad. This is a game that could really go either way and one that is certainly important for this year’s divisional race.