AFC Game Of The Week
Bills (4-4) at Jets (5-3)
Bills: Coming into the season, everybody thought this would be the team to present the biggest challenge and competition to the New England Patriots in the AFC East and they’ve been anything but that. The Bills have been consistently inconsistent on both sides of the ball and injuries have hit them hard too. Tyrod Taylor missed a few games with some injuries as did Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy. All three guys were back on Sunday and what a difference it made. This team is built to get by and win games with Tyrod Taylor under center and I’ve been so impressed with him all season long. To stay in the hunt for the playoffs, they’ll face a Jets team that just snapped their recent two-game skid.
Jets: The Jets finally got back to the win column after dropping two games in a row. If they hadn’t committed those costly penalties in Foxboro, they would’ve handed the Patriots their first loss and the week after, they struggled to get anything going on either side of the football in Oakland and they just got by Jacksonville on Sunday. I really like what Todd Bowles has bought to the table in East Rutherford. He’s given them a new identity, the defense is back to what it was a few years ago and they can handle their business on offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t the sexiest name out there but he’s got one easy job and that’s hand the ball off to Chris Ivory and manage the clock. It’s a big game on Thursday night with a familiar face returning to town.
Prediction: This is EXACTLY why Rex Ryan wanted to stay in the division and coach. Just to get at the Jets and you know this has been on his mind especially since he’s named IK Ememkpali a team captain for this one, does that name ring a bell? He’s the guy that knocked Geno Smith out during training camp. The Jets can’t let Taylor bounce out the pocket and let Shady get going early on. The Bills have to get this game in Ryan Fitzpatrick’s hands and take Chris Ivory away. I like the Jets in this one. Jets 26 Bills 14