Originally written September 09, 2012 on Football Nation:
On September 11, 1960, the Buffalo Bills travelled to the Polo Grounds in Manhattan to face the New York Titans.It was the inaugural week for the newly created AFL, the third game in league history, the first ever loss for the Bills, and the start of a decades long rivalry.Since that time, Buffalo and New York (the Jets since 1963) have met another 101 times, with Bills leading the all-time series 53-49.However, coming into the start of the 2012 season, the Bills had dropped the last five, with their last win coming in 2009 when Ryan Fitzpatrick was brought in to relieve an injured Trent Edwards to lead Buffalo to an overtime comeback 16-13.After a load of offseason hype in Western New York, including the signing of Mario Williams to the highest contract ever for a defensive player, Buffalo seemed poised to come out roaring in 2012, maybe even starting by ending their five-game skid to New York.Meanwhile, the Jets were coming off a preseason where they didn’t score a touchdown in th...
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