With two games against Buffalo, one against New England, and a west coast trip sandwhiched in between, Novemeber is make or break for the New York Football Jets.
The Jets look to do something they have yet to do in the Rex Ryan era and come out strong following a bye. Looking to build off a three TD performance, all to Plaxico Burress, Sanchize and the Jets can put them selves in a position to control their own destiny in December.
The first task at hand is the surprising Buffalo Bills squad, who in my opinion is still the Buffalo Bills, in Buffalo. I mentioned the impact of Aaron Maybin before the Chargers game and he did not make me look stupid as he recorded yet another sack and forced fumble. Don’t look now but the fomer first round pick playing the best Football of his career gets an opportunity to go against the team that drafted and cut him. Do you think he will be amped up for this one?
On the flip side; former Jets “do it all” man Brad Smith gets his first crack at his former team. Although a huge fan of his as a Jets special team stud, and “wildcat” operator, I do not quiver at the thought of facing him as he poses minimal threat. Don’t expect much production from Smith against this Jets D, and top tier special teams. Look for the Bills to run some gimmick plays early to try and get him involved.
Revis and Cromartie will completely shut down a less than par WR core, and leave the rest of the team to again focus on stopping the run. Fred Jackson comes into this game fourth in the NFL in rushing yards. Take him out of the game and this offense has no shot at succeeding. The Jets have defended the run significantly better as of late and I expect that trend to continue.
On the other end of the ball the Jets SHOULD be able to move the rock at ease against a very poor Buffalo Defense. Yes, I am aware that they shut out the Redskins, but that is the Redskins people. John Beck shouldn’t even be cleaning fellow players jock straps, let alone leading an NFL team at QB. The offensive line has showed a lot of passion as of late, even turning to the media to respond to threats from fellow and former teammates. Normally I tend to disagree with this kind of nonsense, but the O-Line has played phenomenal the last two weeks compared to the slow start to the season they had. Against the Chargers the Flight Boys posted a season high 161 rushing yards against one of the leagues top run defenses, and Sanchez often found himself with more than 0.3 seconds to make a throw in the pocket.
Ever since Rex proclaimed the Jets were going back to “Ground and Pound” they are 2-1. Look for them to pound the ball down Buffalos throat with the run, and for Nacho to find open WR all day long. The Jets will handle the Bills with ease, and set up a monumental game against New England (we could use an assist from that other New York team this week) in two weeks on Sunday night football.
Jets vs. Bills 1 pm Sunday.
Prediction: Jets 31- Bills 13
By: Chris Ruck “Ruckus”
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