New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills: Keys to Victory


Nov 13, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback

Kyle Orton

(18) reacts at the line of scrimmage during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 22-9. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It’s almost time for our Jets to take the field once again. Tomorrow night at 7 PM, the Jets bring their 2-8 record to Ford Field in Detroit, where, thanks to the weather, they will take on Sammy Watkins and the Buffalo Bills. The Jets are coming off of the bye week, after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in their last game, two weeks ago. The Bills are on a two game skid, and holding onto faint playoff hopes with a 5-5 record.

We had a rough time in the last meeting, falling to the Bills at MetLife by a score of 43-23. To win this one, some changes are going to have to be made. Here are some keys to victory:

Nov 9, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) catches a ball before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Last time, the Jets were able to hold Sammy Watkins to just three catches. But, we remember that those three catches went for 157 yards and one touchdown. 84 of those yards came on one play, that only didn’t go to the house because of a little bit of showboating and a lot of speed from Saalim Hakim.

How do the Jets do it? Well, we learned last time that it isn’t by allowing the cornerbacks to try and take him one-on-one. Watkins made Darrin Walls look pretty silly in the last meeting. As we talked about earlier this week, the Jets are going to need a game plan that involves some “Cover 2”, and rolling the safeties over to help with Watkins deep. Otherwise, Watkins will make it a long night for the Jets, and quickly.

Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets running back

Chris Johnson

(21) goes past Kansas City Chiefs strong safety

Ron Parker

(38) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Johnson has a good history at Ford Field. The last time Johnson played at Ford, he ran the ball 16 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns. In 2010, Michael Vick posted a 108 passer rating, completing over 61% of his passes in the effort. He also ran the ball for over 4.5 yards per carry. Percy Harvin took a kickoff 105 yards to the house when took the field in Detroit the last time.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because the Jets have speed position players that like playing at Ford Field. The Jets must use these players to attack the Bills defense. It’s a fast track in Detroit, the Jets have fast players, and the Bills will have a little rust from not being able to practice earlier in the week. Take it to them, Marty Mornhinweg.

Nov 9, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

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Three turnovers did come from Geno Smith, but the Jets turned the ball over six times. We all know how an NFL game against ANY team is going to turn out with that many turnovers. Michael Vick did not turn the ball over in his two subsequent starts, and not by coincidence, the Jets have played better, and won one of the games. The Jets must win the turnover battle to have any shot.

What do you guys think the keys are?