The New York Jets are fortunate to be 4-3 today, as last week at home they almost suffered what would have been a major upset loss to the KC Chiefs. Instead, they were able to rally with a late Brett Favre TD pass and hang on for a 28-24 win. The Bills on the other hand were swept under in Miami vs the Dolphins, suffering their 2nd loss in three games in falling 25-16.
The two AFC East foes meet for the first time this season Sunday in Buffalo, and for the Bills, with the Pats tied with them for the East lead and the Jets right behind them, they know that this game is a big one to get back on track. The play of Trent Edwards is under some question, as he played his worst game of the year in Miami.
The QB was 21-for-35 for 227 yards, but also threw a pick, fumbled twice, and suffered a safety when he fumbled in the end zone. He will need a big game against the Jets pass defense which allows 232.7 yards a game for the Bills to win. It also would be nice to see Marshawn Lynch have a good game, his running can be a big key to helping out Edwards.
For the Jets, they have been inconsistent the past few weeks on offense. Brett Favre continues to say there are no issues with his arm, but questions continue to pop up about his play and somewhat poor play as of late. Since his 6 TD game on September 28th, he has thrown just three TD’s and seven picks in his last three games. One of those picks was returned for a score in the win on Sunday.
The team needs to run more, plain and simple. Thomas Jones should have had more carries against the woeful Chiefs, but instead he had just 14 carries for 54 yards against a team that gave up over 300 yards rushing the week before. We’ll see if in the winds of Buffalo they try to take the ball out of Favre’s hands some more and more into Jones’ hands.
The Bills D seems to play better at home, two weeks ago beating on the Chargers, and so far this season they are 3-0 at home and seem to play a lot better in front of the home crowd. With Favre struggling, look for Buffalo to get back on track and move to 6-2 with a big win over their Eastern foe.