New York Jets: Facing the Buffalo Bills at Just the Right Time
It’s been a rough start for Rex Ryan and the New York Jets. 1-6 is not where any of us wanted to be, especially the Jets themselves. The Jets like to play the underdog role, and were hoping to make a run out of nowhere at the AFC East this season. Barring a miracle, that isn’t happening.
But, here we have the Buffalo Bills coming to town. They bring a 4-3 record into the game, but not without a price. The Jets may be facing the Bills at just the right time. Let’s talk about why.
Aug 28, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running backBryce Brown
(35) jumps to avoid a tackle by Detroit Lions cornerbackBill Bentley
(28) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
C.J. Spiller is not facing the Jets on Sunday. His speed is the type that gives the Jets fits, and it has in the Rex Ryan era. In 2012, he ran it 14 times for 169 yards. This guy is not playing.
In his place, we will see Bryce Brown. Bryce Brown has not faced the Jets to date, but for his career, has three 100 yard performances in 32 games. Take out his 115 yard performance against the Bears while with the Eagles last season, and his yards per carry average in 2013 was only 4.2 yards per carry. Decent, but not explosive. He is the type of guy the Jets should be able to handle.
Oct 19, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebackerChad Greenway
(52) tries to tackle Buffalo Bills running backAnthony Dixon
(26) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo beats Minnesota 17 to 16. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Fred Jackson is out of the game as well. Fred Jackson has also given the Jets problems. Last year at MetLife, Jackson carried the ball seven times for 72 yards. To summarize, the Bills duo of Spiller and Jackson has been a problem for the New York Jets.
Sunday, Anthony Dixon will be in the backfield. Dixon has always been part of a running back by committee, but never had a huge game. In 71 games, Dixon has rushed for only 595 yards, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. Yes, he was behind Frank Gore, but he still could have capitalized on his opportunities more than he did.
Not the type of guy that the Jets will be quaking over.
Oct 19, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackleSharrif Floyd
(73) tries to tackle Buffalo Bills quarterbackKyle Orton
(18) as he throws the ball during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo beats Minnesota 17 to 16. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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The one time Kyle Orton faced the New York Jets, he didn’t look good. In 2010 for Denver, Orton was 14-34 for 209 yards and a touchdown. No, he didn’t have Sammy Watkins on his side, but still, these are not numbers to write home about. Kyle Orton is a journeyman quarterback that has never been a big time winner in this league.
That’s who the Jets are facing this weekend. This may be just what the doctor ordered to get the Jets on the winning track.