With the preseason over the focus for the New York Jets is squarely on the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. Here are all the early storylines and details.
With the 2019 preseason in the rearview mirror, it’s now time for the New York Jets to focus on the task at hand: the Buffalo Bills.
The green and white will open up the season at home vs their AFC East rival. Currently, ESPN FPI Analytics have the Jets as a 67 percent favorite to win. That translates to New York being a three-point favorite.
Every game is important in a 16 game NFL regular season, but this one is extremely important for the Jets.
If you take a peek at their schedule moving forward, the scheduling gods didn’t provide the squad many favors:
- Week 2 vs the Cleveland Browns (Monday Night Football)
- Week 3 @ the New England Patriots
- Week 4 BYE
- Week 5 @ the Philadelphia Eagles
- Week 6 vs the Dallas Cowboys
- Week 7 vs the New England Patriots (Monday Night Football)
You could make an argument that the Jets could lose all of these games. With such a brutal stretch to start the season, it’s paramount for the green and white to get off to a good start vs the Bills.
It won’t be easy, the Bills lead the overall series 62-55, per Football Database.
Let me catch you up on the Buffalo offseason:
- Believe it or not behind only the New England Patriots, the Bills have continuity. Both the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets blew up their coaching staffs.
- Buffalo re-shuffled it’s receiving core going for shorter playmakers that could create separation:
- Cole Beasley and John Brown.
- Added a future Pro Football Hall of Famer in Frank Gore who continues to get it done.
- Totally reinvested in the trenches with a slew of additions highlighted by Mitch Morse, Cody Ford, and Spencer Long.
- Stole Pro Bowl returner Andre Roberts from the green and white.
- Drafted a future star in Ed Oliver on the defensive line.
Some of the big takeaways revolve around a rebuilt offensive line to support second-year passer, Josh Allen.
The defense is super legit for the Bills.
The secondary is elite with a pair of playmakers at safety in Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. Tre White is a star corner who has lockdown ability.
Linebackers for days: Matt Milano, the youngster Tremaine Edmunds, and the wise sage Lorenzo Alexander.
Plus you look at the defensive line with Jerry Hughes, Star Lotulelei, and Shaq Lawson (popped in preseason).
Long story short, the Bills have a stout defense and what appears to be a formidable rushing attack. If Josh Allen and his laser beam arm can dice up the questionable Jets secondary (cornerback), it could be a long day for the green and white.