Although I think it’s still too early to be having serious playoff discussions (even saying the words makes me feel a bit uncomfortable) however, with the much-ballyhooed signing of former All-Pro Safety and Future Hall of Famer, Ed Reed, the Jets are making a statement to the league and to their fans that they are in fact making a run for the post season. Coming off the bye, the Jets head to Buffalo to take on a scrappy but beaten-up (both physically and emotionally) Bills team and here is everything you need to know heading into Sunday’s tilt:
Injury Report:Jets – OUT: Jeremy Kerley. Garrett McIntyre. Bills – OUT: Stevie Johnson. Robert Woods.
Story Lines of Note:Winlsow is Back
Picks (If You Care About Such Things):ESPN
Quote of the Week:
“It’s only a rumor that I pulled my hamstring.”
-Rex on his excitement after finding out that Ed Reed had cleared waivers.
Dan’s “Two Cents”:
All week and even before that, I have been hearing about how the Jets upcoming match-up with the Buffalo Bills is a classic let-down game after their thrilling win over the Saints two weeks ago. I said it in the Round Table and I will say it again, anyone that has watched this team over the years knows exactly what a “let-down” game feels like and by no means have had that feeling at all this week. Gut feelings and premonitions aside, this is a game that (on paper) the Jets should win handily, considering how banged up the Bills are, especially on Offense and the fact that EJ Manuel doesn’t look too comfortable coming off his knee injury.
The Jets will probably dare the Bills to beat them by throwing the ball, utilizing a lot more big personnel (expect to see a lot of Snacks and some Kenrick Ellis) to stop the run and put pressure on Manuel. The addition of Ed Reed will make things interesting in terms of how bold the Bills will be in terms of taking shots down-field. With Stevie Johnson already ruled out, the Bills are seriously lacking in the pass-catcher department and it should be interesting to see what type of Game Plan Doug Marrone comes up with this week.
On the flip side, the Jets are getting a slew of weapons back including Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Winslow, and Santonio Holmes which should help out Geno quite a bit. The Game Plan is simple for the Jets on offense: establish the run, take your shots down-field when you can, and protect the football and you should come away with a “W” but then again “no one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills” so victory is not a 100% certainty.