New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills – NFL Week 14 Preview
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WHEC) – The Buffalo Bills play an important divisional game rematch with the New York Jets, falling on the road in week 9.
Buffalo Bills Gameday Basics
Teams: New York Jets (7-5) at Buffalo Bills (9-3)
Time: Sunday at 1 p.m.
Where: Highmark Stadium (Orchard Park, N.Y.)
Bills Players Out
- Baylon Spector, LB
- Dean Marlowe, S
- Jordan Phillips, DT
- Justin Murray, OL
- Reggie Gilliam, FB
- Xavier Rhodes, CB
Jets Players Out
- Ashtyn Davis, S
- Bryce Hall, CB
- James Robinson, RB
- Jeff Smith, WR
- Micheal Clemons, DL
- Zach Wilson, QB
What’s At Stake?
So much, so bare with me.
Before getting into all of the little stuff, if the Bills win out this season, they get the 1-seed in the AFC, which would mean home-field advantage through to the AFC Championship.
Sound great, right? There’s more.
Buffalo lost to the Jets in week 9, 20-17, so this is also a bit more personal. No one wants to lose twice to a divisional rival in a season, especially when you’re the favorite in both games.
To add insult to injury – literally – Josh Allen injured his throwing elbow in the final seconds of that game. You don’t think he wants to win this one even that much more?
And finally, it’s a divisional game between two teams with winning records. The Bills can get to 10 wins and really start to make life easier by pulling away from the rest of the AFC East.
Last Time Out: Bills – 24, Patriots – 10
The Bills made it three straight wins against the Patriots, winning in Foxborough on Thursday night by two touchdowns.
New England took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, only for Buffalo to finish the game on a 21-3 run.
Allen was on point, delivering 22-of-33 passes for 223 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. He ran for an additional 20 yards.
It was a Bills running game that really took over. Buffalo rushed it 37 times for 132 yards and a TD. James Cook led the way with 14 carries, followed by Devin Singletary with 13.
Defensively, the Bills rattled 2nd-year quarterback Mac Jones. He wasn’t able to hit the 200-yard mark for the first time in four weeks.
Bills Player To Watch
Sure, Buffalo’s already played one game without Von Miller, who was placed on IR the day of the Patriots game. But on Wednesday, the Bills announced Miller would be out for the rest of the season after finding out that he had also suffered an ACL tear.
The Bills – and Miller – have been adamant all season about Greg Rousseau’s potential of being an elite pass rusher. While they’re expecting consistency and for Rousseau to step up as the season winds down, that starts this week against the Jets.
Buffalo will also be without key defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, putting even more weight on Rousseau to perform on the edge.