BILLS VS JETS; Perception VS Reality
The media has spent the summer ripping the Jets' chances of winning in 2012. At the same time many have fawned over the Bills as a team to watch. With the teams playing each other week one lets look at the perception verses the reality.
The media loves Buffalo to compete for a playoff spot and especially to overtake the Jets. One of the main reasons stems from what they have done with their defense in the offseason. There is no doubt that they have improved, but they are not better then the Jets in this area. The Jets have the superior secondary and linebackers. The lines are close to even.
On offense they are better then the Jets at the RB and WR positions. But if the Jets can get decent production from their RT they will have the better OL. The Bills simply do not have anyone that matches the talents of a Mangold or Ferguson. And that brings us to the QBs;
The media has no problem listing the faults of Mark Sanchez. Some of the criticism is justified based on his play at the end of last season. But answer me this; who the hell is Ryan Fitzpatrick? More to the point; what the hell has he done in his career to get a pass from the media? Did the FCC ban people from using the word 'journeyman' on air. Wake me up when Fitzpatrick leads his team to the playoffs. Then I will pay attention and see if he actually wins a playoff game.......let alone four-on the road.
I am not bullish on the Jets this season for the way they constructed their offense. But the media bias against all things Jets/Rex Ryan (which is part of the inflate then deflate narrative that they love to create because it sells) is getting out of hand. No where is that more evident then the contrast drawn by supposed experts between the Jets prospects and the Bills for 2012.