The end of the 2015-2016 season is upon us. On Sunday, the Buffalo Bills won’t be playing for a spot in the playoffs but they’ll attempt to spoil New York’s chances of clinching a Wild Card berth. Here are five predictions for the regular season finale between the Bills and Jets.
Sammy Watkins goes for 1,000 yards receiving
The Bills receiver needs 89 yards receiving to reach 1,000 yards on the season. Not bad considering injuries and a lack of targets had Watkins at 147 yards receiving entering Week 9. On Sunday, Watkins will go over 1,000 yards receiving. Most of the game, Watkins is expected to be lined up across from Darrelle Revis, one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks, but the Bills can move Watkins around throughout the game in an attempt to find mismatches for the receiver.
In the first matchup, Watkins was held to 14 yards on three receptions but he was open at times throughout the game where he didn’t see the ball come his way. He also had what looked to be an opportunity for an 82 yard touchdown reception to start the game, but Tyrod Taylor did not throw an accurate pass to the receiver.
On Sunday, Watkins finishes with at least 89 yards receiving.
Tyrod Taylor shows much improvement in rematch
Although Buffalo won the first matchup against the Jets 22-17, this was one of Tyrod Taylor’s worst games of the season. The pressure got to Taylor early and often in the first matchup and it seemed to frazzle the Bills quarterback. He finished the game completing 17-of-27 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown and only 12 yards rushing on six attempts.
Sunday’s game plan for the Bills should be to rely upon the run game, but look for Taylor to be calmer in the pocket when he does pass the ball. Buffalo will be without Robert Woods, Charles Clay and LeSean McCoy, but Taylor will spread the ball around to Watkins, Chris Hogan, new addition Leonard Hankerson, Greg Salas and Buffalo’s backs and tight ends.
Taylor isn’t going to be putting up massive numbers on Sunday, but he’ll keep the Bills in the game.
Bills intercept Fitzpatrick twice
In his career with Buffalo, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 13 touchdowns to 12 interceptions at the Ralph in December/January games.
Fitzpatrick will attack Buffalo’s secondary on Sunday. The cornerback position is beat up and will feature a less than 100 percent Ronald Darby, Leodis McKelvin, Nickell Robey and Mario Butler. There will be many opportunities to make big plays and Fitzpatrick will certainly deliver a few highlights for the Jets. However, this is still Ryan Fitzpatrick. The quarterback will make a few dangerous passes on Sunday and the Bills will come up with two interceptions.
Eric Decker goes over 100 yards receiving
Nickell Robey will face a tough test in the slot on Sunday against Eric Decker. Fitzpatrick will pick on Robey today due to the size difference between the Jets receiver (6’3”) and Bills cornerback (5’8”). Robey is a very good cornerback but the size difference is a problem. Look for Decker to pull in 6-8 receptions for over 100 yards on Sunday.
Final score prediction
The Bills aren’t going to lay down for the Jets but Buffalo’s depleted roster gives the Jets the edge in quite a few areas. Buffalo will make Jets fans sweat on Sunday, but at the end of the game the Jets will prevail.
Final score prediction: Jets 27 – Bills 20