The First Fifteen : Week One

Here are the top 15 story lines (and, boy, are there more than that) as we get set to kick off the 2012 NFL season :

~ ~ 11. The numbers are pretty ugly for the Bills when it comes to facing the Jets. They’ve lost seven of the past eight in the series, Chan Gailey is 0-5 against the Jets and the last time they met at MetLife, Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for the game winner with 1:01 remaining last November to pretty much end any chance of the Bills making the postseason. A campaign that started out 5-2 sat at 5-6 following the loss to the Jets that day. But the tables have turned again, at least as far as optimism. The Sanchez-Holmes-Rex Ryan-Tim Tebow bizarre love quadrangle has attracted circus-like attention but borne little in the way of quality results in the preseason. The Bills haven’t set the world on fire, either, but there is a real belief that they now can overtake the Jets and perhaps challenge the Patriots for the AFC East title. This game will go a long way towards determining how close to competing the Bills really are.

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