NFL.com writer @AdamSchein thinks the Buffalo Bills can be a playoff team this year!

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“But look at the landscape of the AFC wild-card race. The Bills certainly are capable of winning eight-plus games and making a legit run at January football. This is especially true if Manuel can actually play. His respectable start (see: 95.4 quarterback rating) has been a pleasant surprise, and this development changes everything for Buffalo’s overall potential.

We will learn a lot about the 2014 Bills over the next three weeks, as they host the Chargers, travel to Houston to face another 2-0 surprise and then draw the Lions in Detroit.

I think we’ve already learned that this team is well-coached. This team seized the moment at home on Sunday. This team is moving in the right direction.”

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.@NYMAG has their “The Optimist’s Guide to the 2014 Jets and Giants” with both being Wildcard teams!

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But opening weekend is no time for a gloomy outlook; it’s an opportunity (possibly the last one) to believe your team will be a contender. (Or, at least, you know, a wild-card hopeful.) Here, a totally optimistic — to the point of perhaps being misguided — squint-a-bit-and-maybe-they-don’t-look-so-bad guide to New York’s NFL teams.

Jets best-case scenario: Geno Smith takes a step or three forward in his development, the Jets’ acquisitions pay off, and they sneak into the playoffs as a wild card.

Giants best-case scenario: If new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo breathes new life into the offense, they stay relatively healthy, and they take care of business against weaker opponents, the Giants, too, can compete for a wild-card berth.

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NOTE: Fox Sports will stream their NFL games online starting this year, with playoffs, but there’s a catch

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“Fox Sports is taking the next step with the NFL and will stream all of its games online through computers and tablets. Users of the Fox Sports Go app will be able to watch NFL games online and this marks the first of the Sunday afternoon broadcasters to stream games.

Fox will stream all 97 NFC regular season games as well as its postseason games (one Wild Card game, two Divisional playoff games and the NFC Championship Game) on Fox Sports Go.

However, there’s a catch. Fans will only be able to access the games that are sent to their local markets. For instance this Sunday, if your Fox station carries New Orleans at Atlanta and San Francisco at Dallas, that’s what you will be able access on Fox Sports Go. You won’t be able to access out-of-market games.”

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