It is hard to believe it is already Week 11 in the NFL season. The Buffalo Bills (3-7) have the task this week of hosting the New York Jets (5-4) after a bye week. This is the 107th meeting between these two teams with the Bills leading the series 55-51. The last time these two teams met was back in Week 3 with the Jets winning the game 27-20. The Bills have only won twice in the last 10 meetings between these divisional foes.
The one thing that has been a strong point for the Bills so far this season is their running game. Buffalo is ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing offense behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. That is all well and good, but the Jets rank first in run defense. What does that mean? It means E.J. Manuel is going to have to take the game into his own hands and take advantage of the Jets’ pass defense, which ranks 24th in the league. It could be a daunting task as the Bills are at the bottom of the league in passing offense.
Although not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the Bills really need to win this game to keep pace with the rest of the tams on the bubble. Their chances of making the playoffs for the first time since 1999 seem pretty unlikely, but with a loss this week against the Jets, you can pretty much kiss them goodbye.
This is certainly a winnable game for the Bills, but they will need a much better showing out of their offense for them to have a chance. It would a nice confidence booster to beat a rival while heading into a bye week. It could potentially be a good one.
John Ginder is contributor for the Buffalo Bills for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jginderthw