Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 11:16:00 PM with No comments
With its bye week in the rearview, New York sets its sights on a pivotal road contest against the AFC East’s first place team. That team, the Buffalo Bills, shares a 5-2 record with the New England Patriots, but by virtue of a head-to-head tie breaker they sit atop the division. The Jets know a thing or two about toppling division leaders notching four road playoff wins against Cincinnati, San Diego, Indianapolis and New England the past two years. Gang Green has been anything but a road warrior this season dropping all three road contests while allowing 30 or more points in each of those games. With Buffalo out to prove they are a legitimate contender in the AFC and the Jets determined to back up their Super Bowl proclamations, this game will certainly separate the contender from the pretender.
KEYS TO VICTORY
1. In Order to Stay Ahead- The Jets must Stop Fred
Buffalo’s tailback has totaled 1,074 all-purpose yards and has been the spark plug for the Bill’s dynamic offensive attack. Fred Jackson has put the NFL on-notice wreaking havoc on opposing defenses. The Jets have been prone to big running plays this season, while Jackson has gathered three runs of over forty yards through seven games. New York will need all hands on deck if they hope to contain Buffalo’s multi-faceted weapon on Sunday.
2. Lay the Hits on Fitz
Ryan Fitzpatrick is coming off his best performance of the season in a 23-0 drubbing of the Washington Redskins in Week 8. In that game Fitzpatrick completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 262 yards, two touchdowns and a sterling quarterback rating of 116.4. If New York can take Fred Jackson out of the equation and make Buffalo’s offense one dimensional they can pin their ears back and come after the Bill’s signal caller.
3. On the Mark
New York’s offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has been reluctant to grant Mark Sanchez free reign of the offense. Buffalo’s defense ranks in the bottom third in both pass and run defense in the NFL. With that being said the Bills have been an opportunistic defense ranking amongst the league’s elite in forcing turnovers. Sanchez will have ample opportunities for scoring plays, but will need to make smart decisions against an aggressive ball hawking secondary.
Prediction: Jets 31 Buffalo 17