1. How some of the Buffalo Bills will try to spread an important message this season
NFL teams and players have a new opportunity this season to speak out against racial injustices happening in this country. Players and members of the coaching staff will be able to choose from certain names or phrases to be worn throughout the season. The players will wear this decal on the back of their helmet, and the coaches will wear it on their hats. More than 50 members of the Buffalo Bills roster and coaching staff will wear one of the social justice decals in the game today.
Bills assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is proud of the stance that the league is taking on this big issue and will wear a decal this season. It is unknown what message or name he will have on his hat today and throughout the season, but Frazier hopes it can make a positive difference.
"I applaud the NFL for taking the stance that they are. There's no sport bigger than the National Football League in our country, so for the NFL to take a positive stance to affect change, it speaks volumes to our country. It definitely supports our players, and hopefully, we can make a difference in some way, and in a positive way. Make a change when it comes to how people are treated in life in general, but I think it's really good what's trying to be accomplished.
Here are the decals some of the Bills have picked:
Black Lives Matter –Tremaine Edmunds, Jerry Hughes, John Brown, Siran Neal
It takes all of us –Josh Allen, Harrison Phillips, Micah Hyde, Mario Addison, Sean McDermott
Stop hate –Devin Singletary, Dawson Knox, Mitch Morse
Ahmaud Arbery –Levi Wallace
Breonna Taylor –Eric Washington
Antwon Rose Jr. –Quinton Jefferson
George Floyd –Eric Washington
Elijah McClain –Dion Dawkins
To hear why these Bills picked these names and phrases watch the video below.
2. Experts like the Bills
NFL.com released its week one preview for today's game. NFL Network analytics expert Cynthia Frelund projected the Bills to beat the Jets 23-16 and gave them a 69 percent-win probability for week one.
Six more NFLN personalities also picked the Bills to win the game today.
Adam Rank: Bills 28 – Jets 03
Colleen Wolfe: Bills 26 – Jets 14
Marcus Grant: Bills 20 – Jets 13
Daniel Jeremiah: Bills 21 – Jets 17
Nick Shook: Bills 21 – Jets 03
Maurice Jones-Drew: Bills 17 – Jets 10
The Bills are ready for Week 1 against the New York Jets - scroll through to see their best gameday faces
3. Will familiarity help Buffalo today?
The Bills had the second-best scoring defense last season, allowing only 16.2 points per game. A true leader on this team and an integral part of this defense is safety Micah Hyde. In three seasons with the Bills, he has had nine interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 20 passes defensed, and he is looking to add onto those stats this season. Hyde explains how he has been preparing for week one in what has been an unprecedented offseason.
"I think that it's not really a new opponent," Hyde explained. "Obviously each and every year there is different personnel but as far as the offense, there's the same quarterback and offensive coordinator. Obviously, we're watching past games and trying to get an idea of what they might be running. Without preseason games it's been a little bit different, we've had to dial in a little more in practice with not as many reps as you had in the past with OTAs. Every day you come in, you have to be able to focus and know what the task is at hand and wishing to improve on it."
The four AFC East teams are all playing intra-division games today, and Hyde thinks that playing a more familiar opponent week one will help them out.
"It's the first game of the season so [the Jets] can do anything," Hyde said. "they don't have to run anything they ran past. It's the National Football League so no one is saying they have to run these plays. Knowing a little bit of the personnel, playing them two times a year, playing the head coach, and office coordinator last two or three years helps us out a little bit."