Week 17: What To Watch For

GWR's look at the Week 17 game against the Bills as the Jets ready themselves for the playoffs.

The Jets (10-5) look to improve to 11 wins on the season Sunday in a rather meaningless game against the Bills (4-11). New York has already clinched a playoff berth, but the team has a lot to work on before Wildcard Weekend. Let's see if I can find some stuff to talk about for this one… It will be like pulling teeth.

What to watch for when the Bills are on offense:

Will they gain double-digits in passing yards? Wideouts Donald Jones and David Nelson have been ruled out, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed as questionable for the game. And remember, Week 17 of last season, New York held Carson Palmer to one completion for zero yards and an interception before J.T. O'Sullivan came in to complete three passes. Can New York make pathetic passing days a trend in Week 17 games? Yeah, I'm stretching here… Best I can come up with.

What to watch for when the Bills are on defense:

Two of the four leading-tacklers in the NFL play for Buffalo in linebacker Paul Posluszny and safety Donte Whitner. They have combined for 275 tackles this season, so watch for those two guys to be flying around the ball. They have the task of leading an otherwise sloppy defense against an offense that is sporadic.

A Bills strength:

Buffalo has given up the fewest 40+-yard passing plays (3) and the fifth-fewest 20+-yard completions (37). Also, the Bills are the only team that hasn't given up a pass play of 50 or more yards.

A Bills weakness:

The Bills have lost 16 fumbles this season, tied for second-most in the league. Also, their turnover differential is a dismal minus-12.

Matchup to watch:

Kyle Wilson vs. whoever he faces will be a critical matchup, mainly because the Jets need to see something from the rookie cornerback if they want to avoid what happened last year in the playoffs against the Colts. Antonio Cromartie (groin) and Darrelle Revis (hamstring) were limited in practice Friday, so Wilson may get some crucial reps.

Final thoughts and Nick's picking:

With quarterback Mark Sanchez probably getting a limited amount of reps and Fitzpatrick possibly out, who knows what will happen? Um, Jets 24, Bills 10… or something.


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