The Miami Dolphins were the team featured on ''Hard Knocks'' last summer. Funny, the Buffalo Bills haven't needed a TV series title to define their past 12 seasons.
This year in Buffalo so far has been no different. Defying the high preseason expectations, the Bills have bumbled their way into an all-too-familiar position of challenging to be the AFC East's least for a fifth consecutive season.
That's right, it's the same spot supposedly reserved for the Dolphins after their shortcomings were exposed to HBO's national cable audience.
Bills linebacker Nick Barnett wasn't paying attention then. And he couldn't care less about the projections now.
''I don't make money judging expectations and things like that,'' Barnett said, before turning his attention to the state of the Bills. ''I think in this locker room, we would definitely not have foreseen us being in this predicament and the record we have.''