Rex, Tyrod, Shady Make It A Whole New Ballgame
by Dave Staba (@DavidStaba) - posted 8:31 am, September 13, 2015
Admit it. You have no idea what to expect from the Buffalo Bills when they open the 2015 season (and the Rex Ryan Era) against Indianapolis this afternoon, and neither do I.
You would think the one lock would be the debut of the full package of Ryan’s acclaimed defensive schemes as executed by one of the league’s most talented units. But doing anything for the first time can get a little sloppy, especially with a rookie starting at cornerback, a Pro Bowl tackle sitting out a one-game suspension and the AFC’s best young quarterback ready to spot and exploit any breakdowns. So Andrew Luck could look likePeyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers did against Buffalo last season, or he could look like he did against just about everyone.
Even Dan Carpenter, Buffalo’s most reliable scoring threat over the last couple years, could be a missed field goal away from unemployment after an uncharacteristically shaky summer.
Starting a season with a new coach, new quarterback and new primary running back all at the same time since John Rauch, James Harris and O.J. Simpson in 1969 makes you think that, whatever else happens at Ralph Wilson Stadium this afternoon, they couldn’t look like the same old Bills that have been the only NFL team to somehow keep themselves out of the playoffs for the last decade and a half.
But as you know if you’ve watched this team for any length of time, that could happen, too.