NY Jets (0-1) at Buffalo (0-1)
When: Thursday, September 15th 2016
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
Time: 8:25 ET | TV: CBS
Two teams that can’t afford to start 0-2 in the AFC East go head-to-head Thursday night in Orchard Park, New York as the Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets. Last week, the Buffalo Bills offense looked terrible in a 13-7 loss in Baltimore and the stats don’t lie. Buffalo had just 11 first downs, 48 plays from behind center, and just 160 yards of total offense. Tyrod Taylor only connected on 15 of 22 passes for 111 yards in the game, but LeSean McCoy recorded his 60th career touchdown. McCoy ran for 112 yards against the Jets and had five catches for 47 yards in Buffalo’s 22-17 win on November 12th. Sammy Watkins told ESPN that he’ll “definitely play” on Thursday despite nursing a sore left foot. He hauled in 11 receptions for 136 yards in the Bills’ victory over the Jets in January. Buffalo will be looking for their first six-game winning streak against New York since a stretch from 1995-97. Veteran defensive end Jerry Hughes led the Rex Ryan defense with two sacks last week in Baltimore as the team held the Ravens to 308 total yards – 6th best in the NFL.
New York recorded seven sacks in Week 1, but ended up on the losing side of a 23-22 decision against Cincinnati. Leonard Williams recorded 2.5 sacks, fellow defensive tackle Steve McLendon added two and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson had 1.5 against the Bengals. New York’s offense received mixed reviews in the opener as versatile running back Matt Forte (96 rushing, 59 receiving) recorded 155 yards from scrimmage in his debut, but former Chicago Bears teammate Brandon Marshall was limited to just three catches and had a costly drop in the fourth quarter. Marshall has scored a touchdown in each of the last four meetings against Buffalo. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed a big contract in the offseason, completed 19-of-35 passes for just 189 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick. Fitzpatrick threw three fourth-quarter interceptions against the Bills in January when the Jets had a chance to clinch its first playoff berth since 2010.
New York’s aggressive defense should keep the Bills at bay and I believe Fitzpatrick will bounce back from the dreadful January game and get revenge against his former team. This will be a low-scoring game with the Jets pulling it out in the end and snapping their five-game losing streak against Buffalo.
Pick: Jets PK