I’m sitting here watching the Bills play the Jets in Week 1. If the offseason told us anything about the Bills and Jets, it was that they were going to stink this year. If the 10 minutes I’ve watched so far has told us anything, it’s that the Bills and Jets stink this year.
Honestly, just forget about the Jets. Given how few good players they had last season and how many of them were cut or traded (Sheldon Richardson, Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, David Harris), there was no shot they are going to be good this season. Some call it tanking. You can also call it the Jets just being worse than usual.
The Bills looked like they were also kind of throwing in the towel based on their offseason (seeing Stephon Gillmore and Mike Gillislee make the increasingly popular trip from Buffalo to New England, trading Sammy Watkins), but they at least appeared to be markedly better than the Jets.
Sunday didn’t start that way.
On the Bills’ first drive, Buffalo marched from its own 25 to the New York 2. Then Mike Tolbert lost six yards on a run. Not the end of the world. Then Tyrod Taylor got a pass batted down. No sweat. Then on third and goal, Charles Clay tipped a pass into the hands of Jets corner Justin Burris for an end zone interception that was returned 48 yards. Not great, Bob.
Is it dumb to judge a team -- and also kind of an entire division -- on one drive? Possibly, but not when it’s the AFC East. The AFC East usually stinks outside of New England, and though I don’t expect the Dolphins to take as big a step back as some, I don’t think they’re going to be a Wild Card team.
In the time since I started writing this, by the way, the Bills have scored a touchdown and the Jets have kicked a field goal. I was starting to feel like maybe I was overreacting, but then Steven Hauschka missed a field goal wide left and Matt Forte dropped his like 41st pass of the game. My friend Evan, a Bills fan, also texted saying he's rooting for his team to lose to prevent the Jets from getting the first overall pick. It's Week freaking 1.
Anyway, isn’t yet halftime but both of these teams’ seasons are over. Patriots are going to make it 14 division titles in 15 years. None of this is news.