Buffalo Bills: Top Game Day Match Ups To Watch Vs. New York Jets
This Sunday at 1 P.M. EST, the New York Jets travel to Orchard Park to take on the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Jets are coming off of two impressive victories over their AFC East division foes in the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins, and currently hold a 2-1 record.
The Bills have lost their first three games, and are looking to earn their first victory of the season against a division rival, after losing to the Patriots last week, despite an impressive offensive showing.
Here are some key matchups to watch on Sunday in this division battle.
Jets OLB Jason Taylor Vs. Bills LT Demetrius Bell
The Jets signed outside linebacker Jason Taylor this offseason in order to add a pass rushing threat to their already stingy defensive front. While many franchises believed Taylor was too old to continue playing, he has proved them wrong, recording 11 tackles and two sacks in his first three games of the season.
Although he is playing as a situational pass rusher as of now, he is still a threat to pressure the quarterback, and Bills left tackle Demetrius Bell will need to make sure he is always aware when Taylor is on the field.
Bell has been pretty decent in his pass blocking this season, and was only responsible for one sack that I saw. His counterpart at right tackle, Cornell Green hasn't been so decent.
Bills NT Kyle Williams Vs. Jets C Nick Mangold
Buffalo Bills nose tackle Kyle WIlliams has played surprisingly well this season, despite his transition to the 3-4 defense that has him lining up against a double team on most snaps.
He recorded the Bills lone sack in their loss to the New England Patriots, and has held strong against the double team.
This week he will face off against one of the best centers in the entire National Football League in Nick Mangold, and his ability to collapse the pocket will be put to the test.
Jets TE Dustin Keller Vs. Bills OLB Chris Kelsay
The Buffalo Bills defensive end-converted-linebacker, Chris Kelsay, has been absolutely smoked this season when dropping into coverage against tight ends.
Jermichael Finley of the Green Bay Packers as well as Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots destroyed Kelsay, combining for 13 catches, 203 yards and a touchdown in the past two games.
Jets tight end Dustin Keller has been Mark Sanchez's favorite target this year, and he has caught 15 passes for 226 yards, scoring three times.
Kelsay recently signed a four year/ $24 million extension with the Bills this week, and hopefully he can earn that check on Sunday.
Bills WR Lee Evans Vs. Jets CB Antonio Cromartie
Will Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis sitting out his second straight game due to a hamstring injury, it is very likely that Bills wide receiver Lee Evans will be matched up against Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
Evans has nine catches for 88 yards on the year, and Cromartie has played sub-par all season long, most notably last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, when Brandon Marshall caught 10 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan Fitzpatrick targeted Lee Evans eight times in his first start, more than any other Bills receiver, and connected five times for 54 yards. If Fitzpatrick favors Evans again this week, Cromartie better get ready.
Bills CB Terrence McGee Vs. Jets WR Braylon Edwards
Terrence McGee has been so-so this season, making nine tackles and defensing a pass, and he will be matched up with wide receiver Braylon Edwards this Sunday.
After a drama-filled week for Edwards, he caught two passes, one being a 67 yard touchdown. Edwards is fast, and McGee will really need to win the battle of the first five yards, and keep Edwards from breaking a big one.
Bills RBs Vs. Jets ILBs David Harris, Bart Scott
The Bills are very talented and deep at the running back position, with Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, and rookie C.J. Spiller combining for 102.7 yards per game, 17th in the NFL.
The Jets on the other hand, pride themselves in stopping the run, and have allowed just 61.7 yards per game on the ground, good for 4th in the NFL.
Marshawn Lynch has been getting the majority of carries for the Bills, and has 33 carries for 156 yards on the year, and will need to use his bruising style of running against the Jets defense if the Bills hope to move the chains.
Bart Scott has already made comments regarding knocking Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick out of the game.
Bills S Jairus Byrd Vs. Jets QB Mark Sanchez
Last year Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions in a game against the Bills, two of which coming from the star safety, Jairus Byrd.
This season, Sanchez has passed for 550 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions.
The Bills still haven't made an interception on defense, and Byrd will be hoping that his ball-hawking skills will return to intercept Sanchez for the first time this year.
Jets CB Drew Coleman Vs. Bills WR Roscoe Parrish
Jets rookie cornerback Kyle Wilson is expected to only play in nickel formations this week, leaving Drew Coleman to cover Bills wide receiver Roscoe Parrish.
Parrish had made a resurgance this season, catching nine passes for 152 yards and a touchdown, and is well on pace to break his previous career high 35 receptions.
Parrish is a speedy wide out, and will use that to take advantage of Coleman, while Steve Johnson hopes to have another great day and improve on his own nine catches and 137 yards.
Jets RBs Tomlinson, Greene Vs. Bills ILBs Posluszny, Ayodele
With Bills inside linebacker Paul Posluszny returning from injury this week, of course Andra Davis gets hurt. Thankfully, the Bills signed Akin Ayodele two weeks ago, and he will likely start at the second inside linebacker position in place of Davis.
The Bills have struggled against the run, allowing 141 yards per ground, making them 27th in the league, while the Jets duo of LaDanian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene have combined for 132.7 yards per game, ninth in the NFL.
The Jets are a smash mouth, run-first team, and the Bills need to stack the box and stop the Jets from having a game like last year's when Thomas Jones and Leon Washington combined for over 300 yards on the ground.
Bills KR C.J. Spiller Vs. Jets ST Coach Mike Westoff
We all saw the Jets special teams coach, Mike Westoff, on Hard Knocks talking about his great special teams coverage, but rookie C.J. Spiller has been dazzling returning kicks, running one back for a 95-yard touchdown last week against the Patriots.
Additionally, Bills fullback Corey McIntyre and rookie linebacker Arthur Moats have been great in their special teams coverage, and are always making plays happen.
The Bills offense will have its struggles, and hopefully Spiller can outrun Westoff's special teams unit to break another big one.