It’s finally here, approximately 30 hours away. The week one opener against the Buffalo Bills from MetLife Stadium. The Jets will have a tough test opening against a much improved Bills defensive front. Let’s take a look at the series between these two teams.
Overall, the Bills lead with a record of 53-49. It has been a much different story in recent years, with the Jets winning the last six games, and seven of the last eight. Rex Ryan has a 5-1 record against Bills coach Chan Gailey. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is looking to take the next step in his development after throwing for career highs in passing yards(3,832), and TDs (24). Here are some keys to victory for the Jets:
AUSTIN HOWARD VS MARIO WILLIAMS
The offensive line, once a strength of the New York Jets, became an achilles heel last season. A big part of it was the guy that Austin Howard is replacing, Wayne Hunter. The Jets are thrilled to have Austin in the lineup, as he looked quite good when given the opportunity this preseason. However, he will have as tough a test as possible to start the year, going against Mario Williams. With 53 sacks for his career to date, he is a tough go for any lineman. This will be a key matchup that will aid in determination of the game outcome.