Early Week 3 Prediction: New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills


Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) stands up after a hard hit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

So far through the first two games the Jets have held opposing offenses of Tampa Bay and New England in check, while being dominant at times. This coming Sunday the Jets will face a test of Buffalo, who is building confidence coming off a late game come-from-behind win over Carolina. The good news is that historically through the Rex Ryan era, the Jets have pretty much dominated the Bills. The Bills new coaching staff and quarterback will try to see things change. I see things returning to the old Jets trouncing Buffalo that we’ve usually seen the last four years.

Everyone will be back from injury excluding Mark Sanchez. This will be the first time through the preseason that was missing Santonio, that we will see the full Jets team on display. Jeremy Kerley should be back from his concussion on Sunday giving the Jets three solid wide receivers to play with for the first time since last season. Stephen Hill, even with his drops has 10 catches through two games, and I look for the Jets to spread the ball and the field with Hill, Holmes, and the reliable Jeremy Kerley. This will also open up the underneath and seam routes for Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow Jr. All in all, of any game this year, I would look for this to be the coming out party for the new Marty Mornhinweg passing attack. If there is a three touchdown, 300 yard game, this should be it for Geno Smith.

Also, if you haven’t heard the news already Quinton Coples is back and practicing this week. This will be his coming out game this season as well. Although they may try to limit his snaps in his first game back since an ankle fracture, he should easily play 30+ snaps rotating in and out with Antwan Barnes and Calvin Pace. If you consider how dominant the defensive line has been against the run already against the run, you must also consider how dominant it can be against the pass with Coples coming in on passing downs and getting a four man rush to put pressure on E.J. Manuel.

The one player that has given New York problems is C.J. Spiller, as his speed has led to some long runs against Jets defenses in the past. Although I will admit I am biased, I expect to see this game being out of reach by the second or third quarter in the Jets favor. Smith tosses touchdowns to Holmes, Hill, and Cumberland. For Buffalo, C.J. Spiller breaks a long touchdown run. Final score NY Jets 31 – Buffalo Bills 13.