ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills rank dead last in ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings. But they still have their pride and, after an energetic performance last week, some hope for Sunday's game against the New York Jets in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"Home game, division opponent, we need a win bad," Bills inside linebacker Paul Posluszny told me this week at his locker. "We're 0-3. We've got to get that winning taste in our mouth.
"We've got to start rebuilding this season in the right direction. Obviously, we started off on the wrong foot. But, coming in against a hot team, what a great situation for us to turn it around. We play really well at home. It would be a big win."
The Jets are about a touchdown favorite to beat the Bills, who will be without three defensive starters: top defensive lineman Marcus Stroud, inside linebacker Andra Davis and cornerback Terrence McGee.
But this is the sort of trap game that has gone against the odds for both teams over the years. The Bills scored an overtime victory against the Jets last year at the Meadowlands. Posluszny snagged one of six Bills interceptions, five of them on rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Posluszny doesn't expect a similar meltdown Sunday afternoon. Sanchez has six touchdowns and no turnovers so far this season.
"Sanchez is making all the right decisions now," said Posluszny, who will play Sunday after missing two games with a knee injury. "He's not forcing things. He's got a lot of poise in the pocket. He's a second-year guy, but he's made big strides compared to what he looked like last year."
The Bills seem reinvigorated by the decision to replace quarterback Trent Edwards with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who kept last week's game against the New England Patriots competitive and entertaining. The Bills were given little chance to win that game, too.
"The main thing is we know with Fitz he's going to make some plays," Posluszny said. "He's going to take some shots. He'll make some things happen. We know, man, if we give the offense a chance, Fitz is going to make some things happen.
"That's a great feeling for us. We've got to play really well defensively and give the offense as many opportunities as we can because we know he can do some things."