Coming off a bye week, Geno Smith and the Jets roll into Buffalo with a chance to basically secure themselves a playoff spot. Since the last time they played, the Titans lost twice, the Chargers lost to the Broncos, kicking off the toughest part of their schedule, and the Dolphins knocked themselves out with a loss to the lowly Buccaneers.
So now, the Jets have a chance to take a firm grasp on that 6 seed with a win. How exactly will that happen?
The Bills pass defense is struggling, which means that returning wide receiver Santonio Holmes, along with the rest of the Jets pass catchers should have some success. In Week 3 against the Bills, Geno Smith threw for 331 yards and got a QBR of 85.8. Basically, Buffalo's paltry defense should allow Geno to show more good than bad.
The running game should be on point, because the Bills aren't great at defending that either. Whoever the hot hand may be, they should have some success on the ground.
E.J. Manuel really struggled last week against a Pittsburgh defense that allowed 55 points the week prior to a Impostor Tom Brady and the Patriots. I don't know whether it's because of his injury, or because of his talent level, but it wasn't pretty. It won't get any prettier this week against the Sons of Anarchy and the rest of the Jets defense.
It will obviously be hard to run the ball, because the Jets are so great at defending the run. Without Buffalo's top two receivers, throwing the ball will be quite the challenge. Overall, this is not going to end well for the Bills.
This should enter the blowout zone.
Jets (-1.5) over BILLS.
Jets 31, Bills 10