New York Jets 2013 Season Preview: Week 3

By Jeremy Goldstein
Timothy T. Ludwig – USA TODAY Sports

So far in my “Season Preview” series, the New York Jets will be 0-2 after their first two weeks of the season, though not without a nail-biter game in Week 2 against the New England Patriots. In Week 3, the Jets may finally have their first victory against the Buffalo Bills. Let’s take a look at the factors:

Offensive Factor: C.J. Spiller. The jig is up. Last year, head coach Chan Gailey finally understood that running back Fred Jackson needed to step aside. Unfortunately for Gailey, he realized it too late. New Bills head coach Doug Marrone will not make the same mistake. By Week 3, Spiller should be on his way to at least a 1,300-yard season, and the Jets will have to face his wrath. It will be up to the Jets’ defensive line to plug up the holes and make sure Spiller does not break out into the open field, lest he leaves the secondary in his wake.

Defensive Factor: Antonio Cromartie. The onus will only be on Spiller if receiver Steve Johnson is contained, thus Cromartie must blanket him thoroughly. Whether E.J. Manuel or Ryan Fitzpatrick is under center won’t matter if their prized receiver has been taken care of, leaving the running game as a more viable option.

X Factor: Mario Williams. If the defensive stud of 2011 comes out to play, the Jets may have a rough go-around in Week 3. But that’s a big if. I know if I was getting severely overpaid, I wouldn’t work as hard, but we must wait and see. All I know is that if Williams does not show up like last season, then the Jets’ backfield may have a chance at doing big things like they did in last season’s opener.

I believe this will be a close victory for the Jets only because they match up well with the Bills, and Jets head coach Rex Ryan likes to pound his division rivals when he can. But if the factors do not go the Jets way, it could be a long day.

Score: Jets – 13 Bills – 10

Jets Record: 1-2

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