TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Ralph Wilson Stadium
Weather: High 51, Low 43
No one could have foreseen what kind of start the New York Jets have had to the start of the 2013 season. Sitting at 5-4 with a shot at making a playoff run, the Jets look to be one of the surprises of the NFL and Rex Ryan looks to have saved his job that was in serious jeopardy at the beginning of the season. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has silenced many critics, passing for 1,997 yards and eight touchdowns, hitting Jeremy Kerley more than any other receiver, but spreading the ball out relatively evenly. Kerley has 347 yards and two touchdowns on 28 catches while the top four receivers have at least 243 yards and a touchdown. Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory have been a dynamic duo, combining for 783 yards and two touchdowns for the ninth-ranked rush offense in the league.
The Buffalo Bills weren’t expected to do much this season and they haven’t gotten off to a decent start — much to no one’s surprise. As a pretty young team with a rookie starting quarterback, the Bills will definitely improve in the upcoming years with more experience, but EJ Manuel is not yet ready to lead this 3-7 team to the playoffs. The rookie was forced out of a handful of games with a knee injury, but is now back, accounting for 1,140 yards and six touchdowns on the year. Steve Johnson is the veteran of the wide outs and has led the team in catches, 41, yards, 471, and touchdowns, three. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller combine for the seventh best rushing attack in the nation with 1,058 yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensively, the Jets have excelled in run-stopping ability. New York ranks first in the league in rushing yards allowed per game as well as eighth in total yards allowed. However, the passing defense is not so impressive, ranking 24th. The Bills’ defense is not as solid, ranking 24th in points allowed and 22nd in rush yards allowed. Buffalo is in the middle of the league when it comes to passing defense, ranking 17th.
PREDICTION: Jets 28, Bills 21