Week 11 is upon us and the New York Jets are back from the bye week and it’s another AFC East match up as Gang Green travels up to Ralph Wilson Stadium and squares off with the Buffalo Bills.
Courtesy of the National Weather Service, here’s a look at what the conditions will be like when the clock strikes 1:05 p.m. on Sunday for kick off:
“A chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50%.”
What does it mean for the game? More than likely what that means is that the running game will be featured in strong doses with both teams taking the shot down the field. That means, a steady diet of Bilal Powell/Chris Ivory for the Jets and CJ Spiller/Fred Jackson for the Bills.
Bad weather usually favors the better running game and if you follow the stats from NFL.com , you can see that the Bills have the better running team but not by much.
And if you want a good run game, you need the offensive line to continue getting the good push up front.
Spiller and Jackson, however are coming up against a defense that is the hardest to run against in the league. If you don’t believe me, read what NFL.com says.
This game should be good old smash mouth football.
What impact the newly acquired safety Ed Reed will have on the Jets defense, no one knows but what I do know is that the defense needs to continue to fly around, disrupt and to quote Steve Rogers in the Avengers to Bruce Banner in the Hulk form, SMASH.
I think though, this game will come down to both quarterbacks; EJ Manuel for the Bills and of course Geno Smith for the Jets.
Manuel, remember has been injured recently, through six games has six touchdowns, four interceptions, for 1,140 yards (from the Bills site). Smith, through nine games, has eight touchdowns, 13 interceptions, for 1,997 yards (from the Jets site).
You guys should’ve guessed where this is going. When you have a sloppy game, which by all indications is exactly what this game is going to be, protecting the ball is ESSENTIAL. Win the turnover battle, you will be in it to win it.
Now, I’m going to do something that I usually don’t do… prediction time. If the Jets want to solidify their hold on the sixth seed in the playoffs, you absolutely have to beat Buffalo. Do I think they will? Yes I do, the defense is just so damn good and the offensive line has been playing really well.