Almost time to see if the new look Buffalo Bills are any different than the teams who've failed to make the playoffs the last 13 seasons. The opener Sunday afternoon at the Ralph - against the who else but the New England Patriots.
It's been far from a perfect summer as the Bills embark on the Doug Marrone era.
Injuries are certainly a key storyline. At quarterback rookie first round pick EJ Manuel now healthy - he'll make his debut against Pats.
Top cornerback Stephon Gilmore out with a broken wrist. Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd returned to the team after a contract dispute, and he's doubtful for Sunday with foot problems amid reports he wants to be traded.
But Marrone embraces the challenges heading into his first game as an NFL head coach.
"I thrive sometimes on adversity because when adversity hits, whatever it may be in any part of your life whether it’s on the field, off the field, whatever it may be, that is where character comes in and true character of who you are and how you handle situations," Marrone said.
And the Bills have certainly had their hands full with the Patriots over the last decade or so. Tom Brady has only lost to the Bills twice in his storied career. Kickoff set for 1:00 at the Ralph.