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What are your predictions for the New York Jets vs. the Buffalo Bills on Thursday Night Football?
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David Aitken – I expect the Jets defense to avenge what was a disappointing performance against Buffalo in Week 17 and be the lynchpin of a low-scoring victory. There is uncertainty over whether Sammy Watkins is going to be full-go in this game. If he is limited, the Jets will have no excuse if Buffalo scores consistently. Offensively it goes without saying that the Jets need a better performance from the passing offense. This has been the one area where Buffalo has had the Jets’ number consistently, so this isn’t an easy ask. Brandon Marshall having a bounce-back game would be a good start. With the amount of weapons the Jets are comfortable with now in the passing game, Fitzpatrick should be able to do a better job working around their top two corners as well. The offensive line held up reasonably well against a good Cincinnati front seven, so there should be some optimism for their ability to handle Rex’s blitz schemes as well. Just please, please, not another damn 22-17 loss.
Kevin Zielaznicki – After a ROUGH loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Jets have a short week and will play under the national spotlight on Thursday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills. Rex Ryan was able to finish 2-0 against his former team in his first season as the man in charge up in Buffalo and his season was highlighted by eliminating the Jets from the playoffs in Week 17. In this Week 2 match-up, the Jets are without a doubt the better team and I definitely expect them to come out on top. I think Ryan Fitzpatrick will rebound with a solid three touchdown pass performance. On defense, I expect the pass rush to keep up the good work and wreck havoc for Tyrod Taylor all night.
Nikki Charlesworth – The Jets need to put Sunday behind them and ensure they beat the Bills on Thursday in this important divisional match up. Todd Bowles, in speaking to the press, was certainly looking ahead not back and hopefully the players will have picked up that message. Considering the Bills performance last weekend, the Jets should definitely come out on top as long as the same mistakes aren’t repeated. Better communication in the secondary is needed as well as red zone execution. The lack of Sammy Watkins diminishes the Bills passing threat although LeSean McCoy will have to be kept on a tight leash. I expect another multiple sack performance from the defense and also for Ryan Fitzpatrick to connect with Brandon Marshall for his first touchdown of the year. Thursday night football might also be the perfect spotlight for the other Marshall, Jalin, to score his first NFL TD on a kick return.
John Hargaden – After the poor disappointing loss at home, the Jets quickly need to turn the page as they head up to Buffalo to play Rex Ryan and the Bills on Thursday Night Football. Starting with the defensive side of the ball, adding Sheldon Richardson to a DL that had 7 sacks last week, is only going to make Pepper Johnson salivate. It is going to to be key that the Jets follow their assignments as Tyrod Taylor is always a threat to take off. Going to be essential that the DE maintain their assignments and their gaps to limit Taylor on the ground. After a poor week 1, look for Darrelle Revis to get some help from time to time covering Sammy Watkins (if he plays).
The offensive unit must improve in the red zone, going 2 out of 5 on Sunday. I was really impressed with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell and what they brought week 1. The Jets need to run the ball more frequently this week and let the offensive line cook. Brandon Marshall will look to rebound after a shaky game and a critical drop against the Bengals. Ryan Fitzpatrick will need his accuracy to improve from the bad display from last week.
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