When the New York Jets enter Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday, it will be the first time since 2004 that the Buffalo Bills are competing with a decent opportunity to earn their first postseason appearance in more than a decade.
The Jets roll into Buffalo with a two-game winning streak and a rejuvenated unit following the bye. The Bills enter the game with a big victory over the Washington Redskins after a slight bump in the night with the Jets’ roommates, the New York Giants.
The Bills have not beaten the Jets since a 16-13 victory in Week 6 of 2009 at the Old Giants Stadium. Since then, the Bills have been outscored 95-34 in three meetings with the Jets, including a 38-7 thrashing in Week 17 of 2010 that showcased a four-interception day for the Jets' defense.
But this season boasts a much different Bills team than years' before. With skilled players like Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson on offense, and George Wilson and Jairus Byrd on defense, the Bills can post big numbers on the scoreboard and suffocate opposing offenses all day.
A victory here for the Bills makes a statement about their future in the AFC.
A victory for the Jets puts them right in the thick of the AFC East division race and a three-game winning streak heading into another classic battle with the New England Patriots.
If the Jets wish to leave Buffalo victorious, there are some vital keys that must factor into their game Sunday.