TOJ’s Know Your Opponent: Buffalo Bills

The Jets season finale is in Buffalo, as the Bills need a win against the Jets to clinch the AFC East. The Jets are undermanned but have shown week after week they will not go gently into that good night.

Coaching: Sean McDermott is one of the best head coaches in the NFL, but his Bills team has not fired on all cylinders this season. Leslie Frazier’s defense has been bullied at times this season, especially against the run. Brian Daboll’s offense is not the fire breathing dragon it was last year as it’s struggled to find the correct balance between its run and pass game and has been clunky at times.

Personnel: QB Josh Allen has regressed from the QB he was last season. That being said he still has 40 TDs on the year, which just shows he’s a Superstar and is going to be a problem for the Jets for a decade. Stefon Diggs is still as elite as a WR can be in this league. The Bills OL has struggled with injuries this year and been inconsistent with all the moving parts but that unit is as healthy as it can be coming into week 18.

The Bills defense lost its best player for the season in CB Tre White. They still have the best safety duo in the league in S Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. Matt Milano is one of the more underrated LBs in the game, and the Bills DL is very deep and it’s great at keeping bodies fresh.

Potential Weaknesses- The Bills are a tough team to figure out. When their offense is cooking, they can put a 50 burger on the Jets. They also lost to the Jags this season and have been pushed around by tough teams like the Colts and Pats. The Jets run game could give this Bills defense some fits and keep this Bills offense off the field.

Matchup: The Jets are playing for pride and the Bills are playing for the division crown. The Jets are down to their third string LT and missing their top 3 WRs. It’s a tall task for Zach Wilson to put up the 30 points that is going to be required to win this game.

Prediction: Bills 27 Jets 17. I think the Jets cover the spread of 16.5 in this game and Zach Wilson gives us multiple TDs to cheer but the Bills don’t mess around and end up with a comfortable win by the end.


TOJ’s In The Trenches: New York Jets Defensive Line Review, Week Ten

In our weekly In The Trenches series, we’ll focus on the performances of the Jets’ offensive and defensive lines throughout the season. In this edition, Dan discusses the performance of the defensive line in the Jets’ week 10 loss to the Buffalo Bills and preview their week 11 matchup with the Miami Dolphins.


Know Your Opponent: Buffalo Bills

The New York Jets have struggled mightily against AFC East opponents in recent years and, on Sunday, the best team in the division comes to MetLife.

Coaching: Sean McDermott is one of the 5 best coaches in the NFL. What he has done in his first 4 years in Buffalo has been remarkable. He and DC Leslie Frazier put out a strong defense year after year and OC Brian Daboll is one of the best play-callers in all of football.

Personnel: The 2021 Bills offense is not the fire breathing dragon it was in 2020 but it is still an extremely talented unit. Josh Allen is still a very good QB, Stefon Diggs is still one of the 5 best WRs in football and Emmanuel Sanders, Dawson Knox, and Gabe Davis make it one of the best skill groups in the league.

The Bills defense has been one of the best in the league this year. Tre White, Levi Wallace,Micah Hyde, and Jordan Poyer are the best secondary in the NFL. Matt Milano remains one of the most underrated players in the league at LB and the Bills have a lot of depth along their Dline.

Potential Weaknesses: the Bills offensive line, especially the interior, is not good. It’s a position GM Brandon Beane has ignored and it’s starting to hurt the Bills. In all 3 of their losses this season their OL woes have been their demise.

Matchup: it’s very hard to project what is going to happen with the Jets defense week to week. On the road their DL rarely shows up and they look like the worst defense in the league. The DL has been much better at MetLife and I think that’s going to continue on Sunday and the Jets defense keeps the Bills offense in check. I think it’s going to be a rough day for the Jets offense against this well-disciplined defense.

Prediction: Bills 23 Jets 9 Mike White was fun, and I think he’s a very capable back-up QB going forward and would like him on the Jets in 2022 and beyond. There are levels to this game though, and I think we see that today and Zach Wilson is back under center next week in Miami.


TOJ Roundtable: Which AFC East Player Would You Want On The New York Jets?

In this installment of the TOJ weekly roundtable, the TOJ writers consider the question: which player from another AFC East team would you add to the Jets? For this exercise QBs were not included because Josh Allen would be the obvious answer (for some, but not DA).


James Kuntz: If I could add any AFC East player to the Jets to make them a playoff team in 2021, I would add Patriots Offensive Tackle Michael Onwenu. A 2020 6th round pick, Onwenu greatly outperformed his draft selection last season and was as good as any rookie offensive lineman not named Tristan Wirfs. Pairing Onwenu with Mekhi Becton would create one of the most intimidating offensive tackle duos in the NFL.

Stephen Zantz: James going offensive line shows he’s wise beyond his years, but the Jets are in desperate need of cornerback help. If I could steal away any player in the AFC East, the no-brainer to me would be Xavien Howard. Howard is a top 5 lockdown corner in the NFL. He would be the closest thing to Darrelle Revis this franchise has seen since his initial 2013 departure. Adding Howard would allow Bryce Hall to slot into the #2 CB role where he is better suited due to his lack of experience. This would be a game changer for the Jets.

Dylan Price: Zantz, you beautiful man! I couldn’t agree more: the Jets have lacked a dominant number one corner since the Revis Island days. Adding Howard would give the Jets a legitimate ballhawk at corner. Howard put up 10 INTs last season and opposing passers had a 51.5 completion percentage against him. Howard would not only be a massive addition to the secondary, immediately slotting in as CB1, but he would also transform the entire defense. He’d open things up for the young guys to rotate, allow more time for the pass rush to develop and force turnovers, all elevating the Jets defensive standard of play, potentially to a playoff level. 

Michael Meegan:  I too went with a corner, but not the one TOJ Live’s standard-bearer and the author of Dylan’s Dimes Presented by DraftSZN chose. The AFC East is a very talented division with many choices but I decided to opt for who I believe is the 3rd best corner in the NFL: Tre’Davious White of the Buffalo Bills. Technically sound in every area and scheme versatile, White is everything you want in a modern-day NFL corner. He instantly gives a boost to the Jets current corner room, which is probably the worst in the NFL as we speak. With White, you could feasibly overcome the loss of Car Lawson and have a defense that’s in the top half of the league. 

Will Parkinson: All defense and not a single offensive skill player? That sounds like All Gas, No Takes from my colleagues. This may come as a surprise to some people but I think a player that would help the Jets improve in a major way is Jonnu Smith of the New England Patriots. Smith was a guy that was heavily linked to the Jets this offseason: the way the Jets’ tight end room looks right now, Smith would add another dynamic to this offense that would make them very dangerous. Smith is bound for a big year with the Patriots and a Jets offense with Moore, Davis, Carter, Johnson, Smith, Mims, and Crowder coupled with the way Zach Wilson looks early this preseason, the Jets would have an even more enticing offense to watch in 2021.

Joe Belic: I love Will’s choice, and think corner is absolutely a sound choice, but James’s choice proves he’s the second wisest ut of all of us despite his age. I believe the Jets are more than a player away from becoming a playoff team, but adding another OL to the unit could potentially push them into the mix for that coveted 7th spot. Shaq Mason would be a huge upgrade over Greg Van Roten and help solidify an OL that will need to get this rush game going if they expect to have any chance at the postseason. While I love what I’ve seen from Zach Wilson so far, they’ll need to establish the run to help take the burden off his shoulders and open up the play-action game and this outside zone boot-style offense. 



Prepare For Takeoff with Paulie Bruzzese – Week 1: The Buffalo Bills w/Mike Lindsley

This week Paulie is joined for some in-depth Buffalo Bills analysis by Central New York based radio personality and host of the ML Sports Platter podcast Mike Lindsley!

“Play Like A Jet” presents week #1 of “Prepare for Takeoff with Paulie Bruzzese. This week Paulie is joined for some in-depth Buffalo Bills analysis by Central New York based radio personality and host of the ML Sports Platter podcast Mike Lindsley!

Paulie and Mike take a deep dive into the individual statistics and key questions perrtaining to the Bills including:

-What has Josh Allen looked like this summer and what should we be expecting to see from him in week 1?

-The stunning release of RB Shady McCoy and how it will impact Buffalo’s rushing attack against the Jets

-Players and factors that will be key to the Bills’ chances for victory at Metlife Stadium this week including an under the radar Bills player that Jets fans should be aware of

-Predictions for how the game will go and what the end result and final score will be

Learn EVERYTHING you need to now about the Bills before this pivotal week 10 battle!

Play Like A Jet presents Prepare For Takeoff is part of the Turn On The Jets Digital Podcast network……….


Know Your Foe Preview: Scouting the Buffalo Bills’ Offseason

I am very excited to announce that coming this regular season, I will be hosting a weekly podcast centered around the dissection of the Jets’ opponent each week; featuring guests from the opposing perspective, in-depth looks into opposing teams’ strengths and weaknesses on film, compelling statistical nuggets, matchups to watch out for, and plenty more! To preview the show, each week leading up to the season I’ll recap the offseason of one of the Jets’ opponents; this week, we look at the rival Buffalo Bills.


Author: Michael Nania

You can follow me on Twitter @Michael_Nania. I'll be hosting the weekly Jets opponent preview podcast, Know Your Foe, starting with the 2018 regular season. I've been writing for Turn On The Jets since January 2018, and you can also check out more of my work on the Jets over at Gang Green Nation.

NFL Draft 2018 – AFC East Draft Grades & Analysis

The 2018 NFL Draft has come to an end. The Jets found their franchise quarterback; but how did the rest of the AFC East fare? Daniel Mosher breaks down the division.

With the 2018 NFL Draft in the books, Daniel Mosher breaks down how the weekend’s selections will impact the AFC East. 


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…

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Initial Reaction – New York Jets Stuff Stat Sheet, Move To 2-1

Initial Reaction to the New York Jets 27-20 win over the Buffalo Bills

If you have been watching the New York Jets for a prolonged period of time, you know certain statistical days rarely happen. 300 yard passers. 100 yard receivers. 100 yard rushers. 5+ sacks in a single game…these things just don’t happen all that often. 20 penalties? Now that sounds a little more believable.

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New York Jets Know Your Opponent (Week 3 – Buffalo)

Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio overviews the New York Jets Week 3 opponent, the Buffalo Bills, in this week’s version of TOJ’s Know Your Opponent.

Off a heartbreaking loss to the vulnerable New England Patriots on Thursday night, the New York Jets have had 10 days to prepare for Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills. The story-lines are a-plenty: for sociological purposes, this will be the 2nd time in Bills history that two African American quarterbacks face off against each other. From a coaching standpoint, Rex Ryan gets to have his offense go against his protege’s defense, as Mike Pettine returns to the scene of some of his most famous leaks (no pun intended.) And, from a strictly football standpoint, both teams are 1-1 and looking to notch their first win in the division. Let’s get to know the opponent the Jets will be facing this Sunday.

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