The team’s top two wide receivers, Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, have officially been ruled out for Sunday. Johnson injured his groin late in last week’s loss to the Steelers and hasn’t seen practice in the last three days, while Woods has been dealing with an ankle injury over the last week. This is a huge blow to the Bills for obvious reasons. It’s never good when your top two receivers are out, and Johnson has consistently been the Bills’ top receiver for a few years now.
Not only that, E.J. Manuel is just getting back into the swing of things after missing several weeks due to injury, and missing his top two receivers is only going to hurt him. He’ll need to develop a rapport with someone out of the group of T.J. Graham, Scott Chandler and Marquise Goodwin if the Bills want to have any success in the passing game. We’ll also likely see a healthy dose of Marcus Easley and Chris Hogan in three- and four- receiver sets.
History hasn’t been kind to the Bills in regards to their games against the Jets in recent memory. The Bills are going to rely heavily on C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and their rushing attack to make up for the loss of their receiving weapons. Unfortunately, that just gives the Jets an excuse to tee off on the run and make Manuel and the other receivers beat him.
Hopefully the Bills can adjust on Sunday. If not, it’s going to be a long day.