Last week, the matchup for the Buffalo Bills vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers looked great on paper for them. That didn’t show in the results as the Bills lost by a score of 23-10. This week, it’s the exact opposite. The New York Jets are a nightmare matchup for the Bills as they showed during their Week 3 showdown at the Meadowlands. Could the Bills have an ace up their sleeves this week?
The Bills have an uphill battle on offense without their top two receivers, Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods. They’ll have to rely on an inexperienced crew. It will be vital for these guys to get open quickly as the Jets will be bearing down on E.J. Manuel early and often. There will be an onus put on the offensive line to give Manuel a few extra seconds to throw as the Jets will bring plenty of pressure.
The Bills have struggled against the attacking 3-4 defenses this year, so OC Nathaniel Hackett will have to come out with something different as far as a game plan goes. I’d play Manuel more under center in this one.
Defensively, the Bills were thrashed by Geno Smith and the Jets in their Week 3 matchup, but the secondary was a shell of its current self. They went hard after CB Justin Rogers, who hasn’t been active in a game in over a month. It should be tougher for Geno and the Jets receivers to win one-on-one matchups with the likes of Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin.
Smith’s decision-making is still not where it needs to be, so the Jets should try and have him look for Jairus Byrd on the field. If he doesn’t see him, he’s liable to throw one right into his arms.
Overall, the Bills should be stronger on defense and weaker on offense than they were in Week 3. I don’t expect the Jets to have a huge day on offense, but it’s hard to see where the points will come from on the Buffalo side. It wouldn’t shock me to see a score similar to last week’s 23-10 Bills’ loss again this week. It’s been a tough first year for Doug Marrone and co., and it looks like it will get tougher this weekend.