Previewing The Jets vs. Bills

Week four sends the Jets up to Buffalo to take on the winless Bills in a game that could make the Jets 3-0 in AFC East play.

Some are calling the Jets-Bills contest this Sunday a "trap game," for New York—and perhaps it is.

But the more I watch, and read, and listen, I can't help but think it is being blown way out of proportion. Certainly, Buffalo can beat the Jets if the Jets help the cause by beating themselves. But can't we say that for ANY game? Given the fact that the Jets are, well, the Jets, it would be foolish to dismiss the Bills' chances altogether. The reality is, though, that there is no way Buffalo should win this game.

C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch collectively seem to have the potential to grind out tough yards, but none are truly the type of back that will break the good-as-advertised Gang Green defense. And Ryan Fitzpatrick surely is not the most likely candidate to make the Jets secondary—even without Darrelle Revis—look silly. The bottom line is: if you don't score, you can't win. For Buffalo, this game has goose egg written all over it.

The Jets don't have a prolific offense either but the continuing improvement of Mark Sanchez will more likely than not keep the "O" movin' on up. No one is going to confuse Sanchez with Peyton Manning, but he has yet to throw a pick and is doing exactly what the Jets need him to do—for now. Come playoff time, it may be a different story, but it is only week four.

Dustin Keller and Braylon Edwards have played marvelously as of late, and they are just as responsible for Sanchez's growth as is the quarterback himself. And after dealing with the Baltimore, New England and Miami defensive units, the Bills should seem like they're moving in instant replay. Right now, it seems as if the Jets may simply be too physical and too versatile for Buffalo to handle.


1. Hit ‘em...then hit ‘em again

There is absolutely no reason why the Jets shouldn't be the more physical team on the field this week, particularly on the offensive line. This is a perfect opportunity for the Jets to really show what their running game can do, and they'd be wise to capitalize.

2. Let Marky Mark get funky

While they're at it, the Jets have a chance to let Sanchez take a few chances, assuming they can keep Fitzpatrick and the Bills offense grounded like they figure to. Not only would a little more offensive aggression likely add some points to the board, it would be great for New York's long-term aspirations (they'll need to do more damage offensively if they want to compete with the Colts in the playoffs).

3. Give Ryan "Fitz"

Keeping the pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick can end this game early. Buffalo isn't good enough to win with a one-dimensional attack, and solid pressure can induce mistakes from the man under center.


Against a defense like the Jets, you aren't going to get anywhere by being predictable or unimaginative. The only way to make any progress is to keep the guys in green guessing. It still may not work, but it's the only shot the Bills have. 2. Don't bite

Mark Sanchez is a superb play action quarterback, and some of his best work has come outside of the pocket. Containing him and staying disciplined are critical to Buffalo's hopes of cracking the win column. 3. Ride the wave

Buffalo needs to take what some might call "moral victories" over the last two weeks and bring the momentum onto the field early in this game. An early score—or at worst, some imposing, physical play—is essential.


Jets 24- Bills 6

Some seem to think it will be close, but I just don't see it. The Bills will either be energized because of their recent efforts or deflated because of the results. Either way, the Jets look good to me, and after three games against quality opposition, this Sunday will, in my view, be a cakewalk.

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