When the New York Jets last saw Buffalo on November 6, the Bills were 5-2 and ready to send a message to the rest of the AFC.
Having lost the last three games by a combined score of 106-26, (including losing to the Jets 27-11) that message seems to be “We are still the same old Buffalo Bills.”
Quarterback: Since signing his $60 million contract, Ryan Fitzpatrick has played the worst football of his career, throwing at least two interceptions in each of the last three games. (7 overall), and fumbled the ball 3 times last week against the Dolphins. It has gotten so bad that people are now figuring out how much money the Bills can save if they release him. Buffalo’s strength, the turnover, has been their biggest weakness the past two weeks. Once leading the NFL with 18 takeaways, they have turned the ball over 13 times in the last five games.
Running Back: At 934 yards on the ground (six 100 yard rushing games) and 442 receiving yards, running back Fred Jackson is having an MVP-type year. With 82 yards on 18 rushes and 38 receiving yards when the teams last met, Jackson is Buffalo’s top weapon.
Wide Receiver: Stevie Johnson put up 84 yards on 3 catches against the Jets last time, including a big reception against Darrelle Revis. Look for Johnson to be stranded on Revis Island this week as the wide receiver has 4 catches for 24 yards in his last two games.
Defense: The Bills last three games have been a loss to the Jets (27-11), a loss to the Cowboys (44-7) and a loss to the Miami Dolphins (35-8). Now, word out of Buffalo is that starting cornerback Terrence McGee is out for the season. With no takeaways in their last 10 quarters, and 2 sacks in the last three games, the Defense is spiraling out of control.
Special Teams: Brad Smith has had a bad season. A really bad season. Eight catches for 78 yards, 84 rushing yards and 14 kickoff returns for a 18.1 average. That’s bad.