Know Your Opponent: Week 2 at Buffalo Bills

Matthew Stalker breaks down the New York Jets week 2 opponent, the Buffalo Bills

After a tough loss in Week 1 to the Bengals, the New York Jets will travel to Buffalo for their Week 2 match-up where they will face the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. Let’s get to know the Jets’ opponent for Week 2…

Offense
QB – Tyrod Taylor
RB – LeSean McCoy
WR – Sammy Watkins
WR – Robert Woods
WR – Marquise Goodwin
TE – Charles Clay
LT – Cordy Glenn (out)
LG – Richie Incognito
C – Eric Wood
RG – John Miller
RT – Jordan Mills

Analysis
After what fans saw last season in Buffalo with Tyrod Taylor potentially emerging as a dynamic quarterback, the Bills locked him down with a contract extension before the season.  Buffalo ranked 13th in total offense last year, having the number one rushing attack in football, and with the same offensive line from last year and a healthy group of position players like LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins, and Charles Clay, you could imagine some damage can be done.  Unfortunately, much to the dismay of the team and fans, they came out in Week 1 of 2016 with a complete dud performace, posting just 160 yards and 11 first downs against the Baltimore Ravens.

Last season against the Jets, Buffalo’s offense posted 340 passing yards and 261 rushing yards with one passing touchdown and two rushing touchdowns in two 22-17 victories over New York.

Defense
DE – Adolphus Washington
NT – Corbin Bryant
DT – Kyle Williams
OLB – Jerry Hughes
WLB – Zach Brown
MLB – Preston Brown
OLB – Lorenzo Alexander
LCB – Stephon Gilmore
S – Aaron Williams
S – Corey Graham
RCB – Ronald Darby

Analysis
In 2015, the Bills defense accounted for 21 sacks, 17 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles, and three defensive touchdowns.  Against the Jets, they recorded two sacks, five interceptions and two forced fumbles between the two games.  Buffalo will look to improved on those totals in 2016.

The defense picked up a bit of the slack and looked pretty good in their first game, as you could expect with Rex Ryan as the head coach.  Despite giving up 258 yards passing and just one touchdown on a 66-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace in the second quarter, the defense allowed just 90 yards rushing by five rushers in 28 attempts (3.2 yards per carry), forced a fumble and sacked Flacco twice.

Buffalo also continues to have an issue with penalties, committing eight penalties for 89 yards in their Week 1 loss to the Ravens. This includes four personal fouls called on their defense/special teams unit.

Special Teams
P – Colton Schmidt
K – Dan Carpenter
LS – Garrison Sanborn
KR – Reggie Bush
PR – Reggie Bush

Analysis
Like Jets kicker Nick Folk, it was a rough opening week for Bills kicker Dan Carpenter as he pushed his lone field goal attempt of 49-yards wide right, a kick that could have tied the game.  Last season, he went 23 of 27 on field goal attempts and 34 of 40 on extra point kicks, which is all he is handling in 2016 since Buffalo re-signed Jordan Gay this week for kickoffs.

Punter Colton Schmidt, who averaged 46.4 yards per on 82 punts in 2015, averaged 44.7 in seven punts in Week 1 against Baltimore.

The return game is where things get a little funny.  Listed as the returner for Buffalo is Reggie Bush, who in his only punt return attempt called a fair catch, only to be replaced by Brandon Tate who had one return for 21 yards.  It will be interesting to see what happens with their return game against the Jets.

The team also faces a pair of four-game suspensions for substance-abuse to defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, and would have faced running back Karlos Williams’ suspension had he not been cut by the team.  There are also a number of players on injured reserve or the PUP list in Buffalo, including draft selections Reggie Ragland and Shaq Lawson.

Prediction
Jets 20, Bills 13
Record: 0-1

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