In the last four games, they have given up 10, 12, 17 and 7 points. If this team had a better offense, they would be challenging for first place. So this game will present quite a challenge for Chad Pennington and company . . .
One potential problem for the Jets in this game is punting, considering the inclement weather in Buffalo. Dan Stryzinski is having a poor season, and Mike Westhoff admitted this week he is disappointed in his punter. Westhoff is surprised at Styzinski's problems because he looked so good in the preseason, and early in the season. He is averaging 38.5 yards per punt and a 31.5 net. To contrast that, Buffalo punter Chris Moorman has 45.1 yards per punt and a 37.7 net. This matchup could give the Jets a disadvantage as far as field position.
The Jets brought in former Bengals kicker Travis Dorsch for a tryout recently . . .
Sam Cowart's knee is bothering him this week and is listed as probable. He had an MRI this week, but the results haven't been released. Remember Cowart had major knee reconstruction in college.
Believe it or not, Cowart is the top vote getter for outside linebackers on the AFC Pro Bowl ballot. This is somewhat surprising considering what an inconsistent season he is having. Herman Edwards feels one of Cowart's problems is he guesses too often and leaves the structure of the defense . . .
At one point it was thought that safety David Young (hamstring) might be out for the year, but now they feel he might be back in two weeks . . .
Even though John Abraham is not playing this week, the Jets struggling pass rush should be able to generate pressure against the Bills. Buffalo's best pass blocker, left tackle Jonas Jennings, broke his toe last week against the Giants and is out for the year. His replacement - Marcus Price - is undersized, and Shaun Ellis should be able to get some good things done against him. The Bills right tackle Mike Williams is a much better run blocker than pass protector, and has given up a number of sacks this year . . .
There was a story in the Newark Star-Ledger today about an escape clause in Herman Edwards contract that would allow him to leave the Jets after this season. He's not going anywhere. It's just a ploy to get a contract extension. Remember what Herman Edwards told JC recently, "As long as #10 is here, I'm not going anywhere."
Also, we asked Edwards recently about the Atlanta situation. Remember his former agent, Ray Anderson, is the GM down there. When we asked him about his interest in that potential opening, he replied, "I'm under contract."
Unlike last week when they had to prepare for two entirely different quarterbacks (Billy Volek and Steve McNair), this week the workload wasn't nearly as bad because Drew Bledsoe and his backup Alex Van Pelt are similar. Neither is very mobile. Giving the Jets defensive coaches some good insight on Van Pelt is Paul Hackett, his college coach at Pittsburgh.
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