3 Key Bills/Jets Matchups

The Buffalo Bills will look to sweep the New York Jets in their season series on Monday. Buffalo will be playing to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, while the Jets will look to play the spoiler role.

The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets had their Week 12 matchup pushed back to Monday. Buffalo was unable to practice at home this week due to snow and the venue of the game needed to be changed. Buffalo’s “home” game will actually take place in Detroit on Monday night. The Jets will be playing with revenge on their minds, after losing to the Bills 43-23 earlier this season. New York is hoping to play spoiler to Buffalo’s slim playoff chances. For the Bills to sweep the season series, here are three matchups the team must win.

Matchup of the Week: Bills Wide Receivers vs. Jets Cornerbacks

In Week 8, Kyle Orton attempted 17 passes. Ten passes were completed for 238 yards and four touchdowns. For the Bills, 221 of the yards came on passes to the team’s wide receivers. Sammy Watkins led the way with three receptions for 157 yards. Robert Woods, who missed much of the game with a back injury, had three receptions for 50 yards and Chris Hogan added one reception for 14 yards.

Now, the two teams are set to play again inside of Ford Field. The dome is ideal for wide receivers and the Bills will look to exploit New York’s weak secondary. The Jets will have Darrin Walls, Marcus Williams, Kyle Wilson and Phillip Adams attempting to slow down Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Chris Hogan and Marquise Goodwin. . They’ll certainly need a much better effort in their second go-around.

    

Michael Vick vs. Bills Defense

Michael Vick was worried about this matchup with the Bills. Before being hit with massive amounts of snow, Sunday’s forecast called for rain. A slippery surface is bad for a running quarterback by Vick, but that wasn’t his biggest concern. The quarterback was most worried about throwing a wet football.

"If it was going to rain, it would affect me, because I don't throw a good wet ball," Vick said. "I was worried about that. Now, going indoors, I ain't got an excuse not to be accurate."

Now, Vick is inside of a dome. As he stated, he has no excuse to not be accurate and he now has a dry surface to run upon.

When the team’s last played, Vick was 18/36 for 153 yards and an interception. He ran for another 69 carries on eight carries. He fumbled the ball four times, losing two of them. This was in relief of Geno Smith. Vick has a few starts under his belt now and will be better prepared for the Bills.

For the Bills to succeed, they’ll want to place a spy on Vick to prevent him from running. In the pass game, Buffalo will have to blanket New York’s wide receivers, which leads to the third key matchup...

Percy Harvin vs. Stephon Gilmore

Percy Harvin is a dangerous wide receiver, runner and returner. Buffalo will have their hands full with Harvin, especially since he’s had a few weeks to learn the team’s offense. Stephon Gilmore will most likely be matched up with Harvin.

Gilmore is playing some of the best football of his career. He’s blanketing wide receivers and stopping them almost immediately after completions. He’ll need to continue this high level of play.

Playing at Ford Field could cause many problems for Gilmore. As mentioned above, the dome will help the quarterbacks with their passes. The actually playing surface at the stadium is known as a “fast track.” This could cause a lot of problems for both teams defensive backs, specifically Gilmore. If Buffalo’s top cornerback can limit Harvin’s big plays, Buffalo’s odds of winning will increase significantly.

 

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