[BN] Blitz Bills newsletter: What to know for Sunday, Sept. 10

As Marv Levy would say, “where else would you rather be than right here, right now?”

The home opener is finally here, Bills fans.

It will be Sean McDermott’s regular season debut, but Bills-Jets doesn’t feel like as big of a deal as it was when Rex Ryan was coaching one of the teams.

“Of course, McDermott’s greatest virtue when the Pegulas hired him was that he wasn’t Ryan,” Jerry Sullivan writes.


Tiger blood: “Our connection is way deeper than football,” Bills first-round pick Tre’Davious White told Kimberley A. Martin about his former LSU teammate, Jets rookie Jamal Adams. Now division rivals, they will make their NFL debuts on the same field.

Happy to be home: Sean Kirst reminds us that the home opener is more than a game. Kirst tells the story of Katie O’Brien, a neuropsychologist from Kenmore who is president of the Houston Bills Backers. She returns every September to join old friends at the first Bills game. But this trip is an especially powerful homecoming.

Advanced stat breakdowns: Get ready for kickoff with the Bills-Jets matchups to watch. Also, what do the numbers say about LeSean McCoy’s fit in the new zone blocking scheme? How about new OC Rick Dennison’s affect on the passing game? How will the new defensive scheme affect Preston Brown? And this one, just for kicks. And, most importantly, who to put in your fantasy lineup?

Comeback celebration: What can you say about the greatest comeback in NFL history? One play at a time, Frank Reich wrote a fairy tale. Reminisce about maybe the most memorable game in Bills history before the team honors its 25th anniversary at halftime Sunday.

#BillsMafia: Breyon Harris, one of the originators of the notorious Twitter tag, is profiled by Lyndsey D’Arcangelo.

Memora-Billia: Fans from near and far dig through Buffalo Closet to gear up for home opener.

Weather forecast: Still pleasant. (You can’t check too many times in Western New York).

Around the NFL: Donald reports, Elliot’s suspension lifted, streaming games in Canada

This Day in Bills’ History, Sept. 9: Everett suffers injury

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