New York Jets are preparing to kick-off the NFL season on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills with some added fanfare.
Head Coach Rex Ryan, popular for his Super Bowl predictions the past two seasons hasn’t needed to reach for the spotlight this year.
The Jets off-season additions, more specifically one addition has the entire city in a frenzy. All of this before they have played one game.
Their under-the-radar Super Bowl winning roommates kicked off their season Wednesday, losing to Dallas 24-17.
These Giants became the first Super Bowl Champion to lose their next game in 12 years, not a good start for a team that already struggles to garner support in their own city.
Despite winning two Super Bowls in the past five seasons, over Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots nonetheless, the Giants and specifically Eli Manning play second fiddle to their loud-mouthed roommates.
During an appearance at his alma-mater at the University of Mississppi, Manning addressed the quarterback scene in New York.
“The New York Giants just won a championship, yet I’m still the third most talked about quarterback in my own city,” Manning joked to the crowd.
The team signed a back-up quarterback or maybe he is a special teams player that has captivated the entire league.
Tebowmania, meet the Big Apple.
Tim Tebow has taken over the world’s largest city, grabbed all the media attention in the sports-crazed town, despite not even being the teams starting quarterback.
Mark Sanchez, a media darling in his own right, has that job, for now.
Thus leaving Manning in the bronze medal position in his own city. Something that Peyton’s younger brother and Archie’s son is quite comfortable with.
Living in someone’s shadow is something that has pushed the youngest Manning to achieve great things in his footballing career.
Eli Manning is coming off his second Super Bowl MVP, he can finally stop calling himself an ‘elite quarterback’ and allow others to do it for him. The pressure is on, and expectations are set and the battle for headlines in the New York sports section has begun.
The Buffalo Bills are coming into the 2012-13 NFL Season with their loyal fan base wanted and expecting one thing, a playoff game. The Bills currently are in the midst of the NFL’s longest playoff drought, a stat that can be overheard in discussions at the local sports bar daily.
Bills fans are growing restless, tired of being bullied by their AL East rival New England Patriots, and tired of having so called home games being held here in Toronto.
Management heard the cries, and tried to answer with a huge splash this summer.
The Bills turned heads around the league when they made former first overall draft pick Mario Williams the highest paid defensive player in the history of the league.
Williiams signed a six-year, $100 million dollar contract this off-season. The Bills also used their first round draft pick on South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
“The biggest thing is that it’s finally time to get out there and play, I’m really excited to get out there and get after it,” Williams told the Globe and Mail earlier this week.
Buffalo should have a much-improved defence this season, to go along with an offence that exploded out of the gates last season, but later faltered after Ryan Fitzpatrick injured his ribs. They finished the season with a record of 1-8.
These two rivals will kick off their respective seasons at the Meadowlands this Sunday. With both fan-bases locked and loaded with massive expectations, almost assured to be let down, again.
The Giants, meanwhile are 0-1 and flying under the radar again, and that’s just fine with them.