Alright folks, it’s week three for the New York Jets and it’s time for another divisional opponent — the Buffalo Bills.
If you are going to make your way out to MetLife Stadium Sunday afternoon; kickoff is 4:25 p.m.
Here’s a look at what the weather will be like in East Rutherford according to the National Weather Service:
“Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57″
So, for the question of the week, who does the weather favor?
With the bad weather, usually it favors the team with the stronger running game. And in the first two weeks of the season, that is the Bills and their duo of CJ Spiller (33 carries, 144 yards) and Fred Jackson (25 carries, 97 yards, one TD). Since this game is the battle of the rookies (Geno Smith vs. EJ Manuel), you will definitely a steady diet of both teams running games.
So if you are the New York Jets, how do you win this game?
I said it before folks and I will say it again. When you have a rookie QB, their best friend is a strong running attack. So if you want to help Smith out, get Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell going. And in order to do that, you need the offensive line to get their nasty back and win the battle upfront. The other reason you need to win that battle upfront is so that you keep Mario Williams off of Smith. The man is still, in my opinion, one of the best pass rushers in the league. You can’t sleep on him. Protecting Smith will be a key to the Jets winning the game.
Not to state the blatantly obvious but the other way for the Jets offense to score more points is for the wide receivers to not have so many drops and help out your QB.
Defensively, a rookie QB in Manuel + a strong front seven = trouble for the Bills. That front seven has looked really good so far and I expect that to continue. They did a real good job on run defense the first two weeks of the season. I am looking to see what the defensive backfield can do. Can someone NOT NAMED DAWAN LANDRY actually contain a wide receiver/tight end?!?!?! I mean come on… Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson, Dee Milliner, they all need to step up and keep a receiver to under 100 yards.
If the Jets play solid both offensively and defensively, it will spell a victory for Gang Green on Sunday.