- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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From ownership down to the coaching staff, the New York Jets expect huge things from quarterback Tim Tebow this season. The backup is expected to get significant playing time this week in New York’s regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
The Jets are very excited about their Tebow-led Wildcat package. But the last time Tebow faced the Bills running a similar read-option offense with the Denver Broncos, it wasn’t pretty.
Buffalo pummeled Tebow last December in a 40-14 victory over Denver. Tebow completed just 13 of 29 passes for 185 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions and was sacked four times. Tebow had a passer rating of 37.9 in his only career meeting against the Bills.
The Bills are well-versed in the Wildcat, and that was a major part of their success against Tebow. Buffalo has its own Wildcat package led by former Jets receiver/quarterback Brad Smith and practice against it regularly.
Tebow’s role is reduced in New York, but the Jets expect Tebow to make his mark in this game. Buffalo’s ability – or inability – to stop Tebow in the Wildcat is one of many keys in this divisional matchup.