After the Buffalo Bills stomped the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, two friends sent similar texts.
Is it OK to hope?
The Bills are 5-2, a half-game out of first place in the AFC East and in the top wild-card spot. They are 4-0 at home for the first time since 1995.
They've allowed the NFL's second-fewest points.
Every move coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane make seems proficient.
So please, by all means, get excited about over these upstart Bills have accomplished so far.
Playoff hopes, however, probably would be better reserved for Friday morning. The Bills play the New York Jets on Thursday night.
A loss at the Meadowlands will smear much of the shine off how Buffalo fans feel now.
The Bills beat the Jets, 21-12, at New Era Field in the season opener. The Jets were considered a joke then, presumed to be tanking their entire season, a candidate to lose every game.
But the Jets have won three of their past six games. Their three losses were to the teams that played in the Super Bowl nine months ago and a three-point loss to the Miami Dolphins despite taking a 28-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
Buffalo is favored to win Thursday night. A 6-2 start plus three extra days of rest before returning home to play the New Orleans Saints should rightfully buoy fans' postseason dreams.
Slipping to 5-3 with a loss to the Jets?
That would feel a whole lot worse than a single defeat should.