The New York Jets are surging. They're 2-1. They've won two straight division games. With additional context, their opening-night performance looks more like a narrow defeat than an undisciplined debacle.
Next up are the winless Buffalo Bills, a team that on Monday cut its starting quarterback of the first two weeks.
But the Jets don't need to root around for reasons not to overlook the Bills this weekend at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"Everybody says it will be a trap game," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "You got to watch this team play. They're in every game. We know what this game's all about."
The Bills are coming off a competitive performance against the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.
Plus, the Jets had trouble with the Bills last year. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions in a 16-13 overtime loss to the Bills at the Meadowlands in Week 6. The Jets won the rematch 19-13 in Toronto.
"Last year, you know, we rushed for 320 yards, lose the game," Ryan said of the first meeting. "I don't think that's probably never happened in this league, but also threw six interceptions that game. The second time we played them, went right down to the fourth quarter.
"That's the way this team is. They are a tough, determined team. When you look at it, even forget about looking forward to [Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings on] Monday night or something, if we do that, we'll get beat."
Ryan will be hammering home the idea of sweeping the first tour of the AFC East schedule. With a victory Sunday, the Jets would be 3-0 in the division without another intra-division game until two weeks before Christmas.
Sunday's game against Buffalo also is the last one of receiver Santonio Holmes' suspension.
"We'll be in first place if we can get a victory," Ryan said. "One thing, if we don't win, we know we won't be in first place. Doesn't get any bigger than this. When you look at it, grand scheme of things, Baltimore, Minnesota, those games mean less than playing against Buffalo."