The 0-1 New York Jets travel to Buffalo to take on 0-1 Bills in the seasons second Thursday night matchup. Both of these teams are coming off disappointing losses in week one. The Jets lost at home 23-22 to the Cincinnati Bengals on a last minute field goal, while the Bills scored only 1 touchdown in their 13-7 road loss to the Baltimore Ravens. For the Bills, their 160 yards of total offense was their lowest output in the last 10 years.
The Jets defense did a great job defending the run as the Bengals only gained 57 yards on the ground on 19 carries. They were also able to sack Andy Dalton 7 times for a loss of 42 yards. They struggled against the pass however as Dalton threw for 366 yards and A.J. Green had 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown despite being covered by Darrelle Revis most of the game. They struggled with the deep ball as they gave up 3 plays that went for at least 49 yards. Offensively new addition Matt Forte lived up to the hype as he led the team in both rushing and receiving yards. He caught 5 catches for 59 yards while gaining and additional 96 yards on 22 carries. Ryan Fitzpatrick finished with a passer rating of 77 as he completed 19 of his 35 pass attempts for 189 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker struggled as they combined to catch 5 passes for only 69 yards.
Buffalo’s defense also did a great job against the run limiting the Ravens to only 83 yards on 28 carries. They were able to sack Joe Flacco 4 times for a loss of 33 yards with 2 coming from outside linebacker Jerry Hughes. Offensively, they struggled with both the pass and the run as Lesean McCoy accounted for over 40 % of their total yards. He had 58 of the teams 65 rushing yards and caught another 4 passes for 12 more yards giving him 70 of the teams 160 total yards. Tyrod Taylor finished with a passer rating of 80 as he completed 15 of his 22 passing attempts for 111 yards and 0 touchdowns. The offense had trouble generating any big plays as they only had 1 that went for more then 19 yards. Sammy Watkins led the team with 43 yards on 4 catches and Charles Clay was second with 2 catches for 40 yards.
The Spread for this game is even and these teams met twice last year with Buffalo winning them both by a score of 22 to 17. Buffalo has now won the last 4 matchups between these 2 teams including six of the last seven. Neither team covered the spread in week 1 and both will be looking to get more production from their receivers as they combined for 300 passing yards in week 1. The Bills eliminated the Jets from last year’s playoffs so New York will be looking for revenge.
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