Bills' Rush Defense Key To Victory Over Division Rival Jets

Robert QuinnCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2009

EAST RUtheRFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 18:  Thomas Jones #20 of the New York Jets scores a touchdown as Terrence McGee #24 of the Buffalo Bills defends during their game on October 18, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Tonight, a different Buffalo Bills team will face off against their AFC East rival, the New York Jets. The Bills defeated the Jets earlier this season, winning 16-13 in overtime on a Rian Lindell 47-yard field.

This was also the game in which Trent Edwards suffered a concussion, allowing backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to display his skills.

Despite the victory, Buffalo's rush defense was despicable, allowing a total of 309 rushing yards (Jones rushed for 210 yards on 22 carries, while Washington tallied 99 yards on 15 attempts).

The Jets repeatedly broke down the Bills' front seven, consistently gaining strong yardage. But it was the five interceptions by Mark Sanchez that kept Buffalo in the game. Two of those picks came from breakout rookie star Jairus Byrd from Oregon, who currently is tied for the lead with New Orleans' Darren Sharper for most interceptions in the league (8).

Two weeks after the firing of Dick Jauron, the Buffalo Bills have performed like a new team under interim Head Coach Perry Fewell. Buffalo has been stretching the field and playing aggressively. Terrell Owens has amassed over 300 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games against Tennessee and Miami, almost doubling his previous season totals.

The Jets, however, have one of the most dominating, shut-down corners in the game, Derrelle Revis. Revis has proven himself all year by shutting down top receivers such as Randy Moss, Andre Johnson, and Terrell Owens.

Fred Jackson played an amazing role in Buffalo's last game, and could very well break 1,000 rushing yards for the season. With Marshawn Lynch's poor production, expect to see Fred Jackson get 15-20 carries, some of which will hopefully come out of the wildcat formation.

If Ryan Fitzpatrick can make good decisions and continue to stretch the field, and the offensive line can pick up the blitz, Buffalo has a great chance at winning.

Buffalo's defense was stellar in week six, forcing five turnovers, which won the game. Buffalo's linebackers need to make tackles, and the defensive tackles need to close the gaps to contain Thomas Jones and prevent him from having another breakout day.

My Pick...

Bills 19, Jets 7