Florham Park, N.J.- But this week feels different.
Last Friday the Jets pulled off a steal of a trade to acquire Percy Harvin and their week eight opponent, the Buffalo Bills will be without their top two running backs, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson due to injuries. For the first time in a while, the Jets are actually the favorites to win.
All these so called “breaks” leads to the question, will this be the week the Jets right the ship?
Orton has a total QBR (quarterback rating) of 40.7. That rating is the fourth worst among all starting quarterbacks. Only Blake Bortles (rookie), Geno Smith, and Teddy Bridgewater (rookie) have worse ratings.
With that said, the Bills find ways to win. What they may lack on the offensive side they more than make up for it on defense. The Bills, like the Jets, are very good at stopping the run and putting pressure on the quarterback.
The Bills only allow 80.4 yards a game on the ground and have not allowed a single rushing touchdown this season. They are also one of the few teams that can rival the Jets in terms of defensive line play.
Led by defensive ends Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes along with defensive tackles Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams, the Bills have formed the top pass rushing defense in the NFL as they currently lead the league in sacks with 24.
Rex Ryan knows that going against such a stout defensive line can be problematic.
“They’re going to present a huge challenge for anybody, not just our offensive line but for anybody’s offensive line.” said Ryan. “The Darius kid leads the league in sacks but to me I’m a huge Kyle Williams fan. I think he’s one of the most underrated players, that being said he’s been to two or three Pro-Bowls. Then you have Mario Williams by the way who’s an outside guy,” said Ryan.
One player who stands out to Ryan as underrated is defensive end Jerry Hughes.
“But I think another guy who is really underrated is Jerry Hughes,” said Ryan. “It took him awhile, never burst on the scene that maybe the way people thought he would. But right now he’s starting to be that player that people envisioned when he was a first-round pick,” said Ryan.
Unlike the Jets, the Bills are adept at forcing turnovers. The Bills have forced 12 turnovers (eight interceptions and four fumble recoveries) tying them for fifth in the NFL.
The Jets offensive line may struggle to handle the Bills’ pressure as they have allowed the seventh most sacks in the NFL, the Bills’ o-line is perhaps worse than the Jets.
With 19 sacks allowed, the Bills are ranked 27th in the NFL. The Jets should be able to put pressure on Orton early and often without having to send more than four rushers.
As for the Jets offense, the addition of Harvin should allow the Jets to take some chances downfield and adds versatility that can pose a major threat to the Buffalo defense. Which is something Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone acknowledges.
“I think he’s an outstanding player I mean we all know that,” said Marrone. “He’s explosive, he can play on special teams and be explosive touching the football. He can line up in the backfield, he can line up at receiver. He’s a multiple threat in every aspect and he’s a game-changing element. He’s an outstanding football player.”
The Jets are in their best position to win since week one. They are healthier than the Bills, they have a new offensive weapon to use and at 1-6 the Jets are hungry for a win.
“I think we need a win,” said Ryan. “It’s as simple as that. That’s what this team needs.”
This can and should be the week the Jets get back in the win column.