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Greetings from the Meadowlands

By Tim Graham

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Buffalo Bills season finally is upon us. They will start their 2012 season at 1 p.m. today against the New York Jets here at the Meadowlands.

Here is a digest of items about the upcoming game:

Buffalo leads the season series, 53-49. But the Jets have won five in a row and are 7-3 against the Bills on opening day. The last time the Bills beat the Jets was in 2010, when rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions. ... Bills coach Chan Gailey is 3-1 on opening day.

Conditions: It looks pretty from the press box. The Weather Channel forecast for kickoff in East Rutherford is sunny, 73 degrees and 48 percent humidity with light winds and a 10 percent chance of rain.

The Buffalo News has you covered. Bills beat reporters Mark Gaughan, Jay Skurski and I are at the game along with columnist Jerry Sullivan and photographer James P. McCoy. Skurski will oversee a live Bills chat that launches at noon. Of course, check the Press Coverage blog through the day for updates and articles about the game.

Please note our weekly live video postgame show, "[BN] the Huddle," will debut at 7:30 p.m. BuffaloNews.com. The one-hour recap will include reports from the stadium, analysis from our crew on the scene and staffers at One News Plaza and fan reaction.

Television/Radio: Today's game will be televised by CBS and shown in Western New York on WIVB Channel 4. Marv Albert will call the plays, with Rich Gannon handling color commentary. The Bills this year switched its radio station to WGR 550-AM. John Murphy, Mark Kelso and Joe Buscaglia are the radio team.

Milestone: Bills running back Fred Jackson needs 56 yards to move past Travis Henry into fourth place on the team's all-time list.

Bills all-time games versus Jets: Cookie Gilchrist rushed for 243 yards on Dec. 8, 1963 (Jackson has 268 career yards against the Jets in eight games). Jerry Butler had 255 receiving yards on Sept. 23, 1979 (Stevie Johnson has 283 yards in seven games against the Jets). In Butler's big game, Joe Ferguson passed for a series-high 367 yards.

Curtis Martin's No. 28 will be retired at halftime. The Jets will honor their Hall of Fame running back today by taking his jersey number out of circulation. He will join Joe Namath's 12, Don Maynard's 13 and Joe Klecko's 73 as the only Jets with retired numbers. Dennis Byrd's 90 will be retired in October.

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About Press Coverage

Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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