This Sunday, the 4-2 Buffalo Bills will travel to face the 0-6 New York Jets. The Bills are coming off two straight losses against two very good teams. The Bills have looked great this season despite the losses. They have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with. Led by third-year quarterback Josh Allen, the Bills offense has looked great as they have scored 27+ points in 4 of their 6 games. When the Jets visited the Bills Week 1, the line for the game was set at 6.5. However, the teams have gone in opposite directions and Vegas has set the line at 13.5 in favor of the road team.
The last time these two teams played, the Jets offense was a mess and their defense was worse. The Jets will look a lot different this time around. With the release of Le’Veon Bell and trade of team leader Steve McLendon, the Jets seem to have given up on the season already. These moves were made by general manager Joe Douglas to set the team up better for the future. The Jets will have a new face in the lineup Sunday, as rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims is set to make his debut.
The Buffalo Bills came into the season poised to be a more dynamic team. Under coach Sean McDermott, it seems like they have done just that. Buffalo’s passing game under offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has led the offense to success. The offense ranks 15th in total offense and 6th in passing offense.
The Bills made an offseason splash when they traded their first-round pick for star wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Through six games, it is easy to see his effect on the team. Allen looks way more comfortable this season than he has in the past. Rookie wide receiver Gabriel Davis rounds up a receiving corp that is looking very dangerous.
The defense continues to be tight but not as first thought. Buffalo’s defense is 23rd in the NFL.
The Bills have been able to rely on their secondary, led by stud cornerback Tre’Davious White and safety Jordan Poyer. Having a great secondary allows the Bills to blitz a ton and they have been able to generate a lot of pressure by blitzing linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano. But, injuries have hit the defense too. Linebacker Tyrel Dodson and cornerback Josh Norman have been ruled out for this upcoming Sunday. Linebacker Matt Milano and star cornerback Tre’Davious White are listed as questionable.
Regardless, the New York Jets will probably see plenty of blitzes from the Bills come Sunday.
For the first time, this season the Jets are expected to have their entire offense healthy. Duly noted, the offense has been horrific this season. The team ranks 31st in total offense, 21st in rushing, and 32nd in passing. The offense’s demise has occurred because of a lack of play-calling creativity from head coach Adam Gase and lack of skill position players with a mediocre offensive line.
Granted, Le’Veon Bell is no longer with the team, but Adam Gase spoke enthusiastically about the return of quarterback Sam Darnold and rookies Mekhi Becton and Denzel Mims. Gang Green is also expecting Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder to start at wide receiver. The Jets offense should expect a big boost with Darnold back, as he will look to play for his job and try to convince the Jets that he is the man to lead the franchise in the future.
The Jets will need to take more strides on defense. Safety Marcus Maye played his best game as a Jet last Sunday as he had an interception and made a couple of great tackles. Second-year defensive lineman Quinnen Williams also played pretty well and has been underrated. Yet, the team still let up 24 points to journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is having a hard time figuring out how to generate pressure without isolating his young cornerbacks. No wonder why the Jets rank 23rd in passing offense. The result of this is usually giving too much time to the opposing quarterback and letting him carve up the defense. On Sunday, the Jets will need linebackers Jordan Jenkins or Tarell Basham to create pressure to be successful Sunday.
Even though it’s not the Bills’ offensive strength, the Jets will need to stop Josh Allen’s rushing attack. The last time these two teams met, Allen rushed for 57 yards on 14 attempts, 4.1 yards per attempt. Duly noted, the Jets created turnovers by forcing Allen to cough up the football twice. To succeed, the team will have to create turnovers.
Another season has come and Jets fans are already reading mock drafts before Halloween. It is a sad reality for Jets fans as it seems like an endless cycle. If you manage to watch this game and not RedZone, kudos to you. Jets fans should be watching this game trying to find excitement for the future. Sam Darnold and Denzel Mims will look to become a dynamic duo. While young defensive linemen Kyle Phillips and Quinnen Williams will look to have breakout games. If the Jets get blown out again this may be the last game we see Adam Gase as head coach of Gang Green.