The first week of the preseason is in the books and every team in the AFC East is 1-0 except the New England Patriots. The remarkable part is that the three teams that did win, the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins, all pulled ahead in the fourth quarter while the Patriots would lose on a last-second field goal by the New York Giants.
While most times, the wins and losses are what matter in the NFL but this is the preseason. The scores and the records ultimately don’t mean much however there are plenty of noteworthy headlines that came from each of these games and the Buffalo Bills should take note.
Week 1 Preseason headlines for the Buffalo Bills AFC East Rivals
New York Jets: Zach Wilson suffers knee injury
One of the biggest storylines, not only in the AFC East but the NFL, was Zach Wilson leaving early in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles with what appeared to be a serious knee injury. At the time, it was feared that it might end his season but the good news is that he should be able to return for the first regular season game or shortly thereafter.
The timeline for his return won’t be determined until the surgery to repair a torn meniscus is conducted, according to head coach Robert Salah. The hope is that this injury would only take about 2-4 weeks to recover from.
Wilson is entering a pivotal year as the former second overall pick had an up and down rookie season. The Jets likely will hope to see significant improvement or they could be once again looking for a new quarterback. The sooner Wilson can return, the better it would be for the Jets.
The Buffalo Bills don’t play the New York Jets until Week 8 and unless Wilson suffers another injury, he should be on the field for that game.