On Sunday, the NY Jets will be welcoming the Buffalo Bills to MetLife Stadium as they look to bounce back from last week's loss to the New England Patriots.
Last week's game wasn't pretty at all, and the Jets would go on to lose 22-17. Although Zach Wilson threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns, he also threw three very costly interceptions that essentially lost the Jets the game.
Going up against one of the NFL's top teams will not be easy in the slightest. The Bills are the current betting favorites to win the Super Bowl this season. On paper, this may seem like a mismatch, but if the Jets hope to stop the Bills this week, there are three things that must happen.
3. NY Jets QB Zach Wilson must make better decisions
Last week was absolutely brutal for Zach Wilson. Aside from the three interceptions, he didn't have a terrible stat line, but those three interceptions proved to be incredibly costly, and essentially cost the Jets the game.
While the defense did a good job of keeping it close, the offense couldn't capitalize with their star rookie running back out for the year.
A lot of this stems from the same issue that Jets fans have seen in the past with Sam Darnold and a bunch of other lackluster quarterbacks — poor decision-making. Instead of throwing the ball away, Wilson would try to force the ball downfield, only to get it picked off.
Going up against a team as dominant as the Bills, the Jets cannot afford to give them any more ammunition to score points. Wilson has to control the ball better, make smarter passes, and if he needs to, throw the ball away instead of forcing it.
2. The NY Jets must limit Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis
Well, Sauce Gardner here is your biggest challenge yet. Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed have played incredibly well in the early going. However, they've also never gone up against a receiving corps like the Bills.
Shutting down Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis will arguably be the biggest challenge of the year for this young Jets defense. Diggs is one of the best wide receivers in the league, and Gabe Davis is one of the most explosive wide receivers in his early career.
It will be a tall task, but if the Jets can contain Diggs and Davis, they could put themselves in a good position to win the game.
1. The NY Jets must establish their running game
The Jets' run game has been great all season with Breece Hall at the helm. However, last week it seemingly died down as James Robinson was only able to pick up 17 yards on five carries, and Michael Carter didn't have it much better as he managed 26 yards on seven carries.
It's incredibly obvious that the Jets will miss Breece Hall. However, there's no going back and changing what happened. The Jets must roll with the punches and once again find their run game with Robinson and Carter now at the helm.
Robinson, who is questionable with a knee injury, is no slouch. Running against the Bills' defense won't be easy as Von Miller and company will be waiting.
However, if they can get their momentum back in that area of the game, the Jets could put themselves in a good position to sneak out of MetLife with a win.