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Flip the script: Jets demolish Bills

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(US Presswire)

Through the offseason the AFC East narrative was built: Buffalo, with free-agent addition Mario Williams, would be the second-best team in the division behind the Patriots. The Jets, well, they got a lot of attention for a team that was never, ever going to score without any offensive weapons.

Keep this in mind for next August: The preseason means almost nothing.

The Jets destroyed the Bills, 48-28, in Week 1. Stephen Hill got no attention compared to some of the other rookies coming into the league (and it's amazing any Jets player flew under the radar, considering the attention they got), but he looked phenomenal catching passes from a resurgent Mark Sanchez. Hill had 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns on five catches and looked like the playmaker nobody thought the Jets had. To make an easy comparison, he looked a little like fellow Georgia Tech receivers Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, a big, physical but athletic threat on the perimeter.

[Also: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III starts NFL career in brilliant fashion]

Then there are the Bills. Poor Buffalo fans. The Bills looked just like the team that lost eight of its last nine games last season. Maybe Ryan Fitzpatrick still has that rib injury that supposedly sapped his effectiveness in the second half last season, because he was a liability on Sunday. He completed 18 of 32 for 195 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions -- stats that looked a lot better after he loaded up during garbage time. Williams was almost shut out in his Bills debut. He was credited with one tackle.

There are still 15 games left, and the Bills might end up being the second-best team in the AFC by the end of the season. But the Jets might have something to say about that.

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