AFC East division rivals square off on Sunday when the Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets in one of the more intriguing contests of Week 9. Kickoff at Ralph Wilson Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast by CBS. The game is a sell-out.
For the Bills (5-2), they are in a tie for first place in the AFC East with the New England Patriots (Bills hold the tie-breaker advantage due to their win over New England), while the Jets (4-3) are hoping to climb back into the AFC East race with a win.
The Bills are No. 3 in the NFL, scoring an average of 30.1 points, while the Jets are holding NFL quarterbacks to the lowest QBR rating (60.5) in the league. Something has to give.
While the Bills will probably be without Kyle Williams, Aaron Williams and Demetrius Bell for this contest, they will have Donald Jones and Chris Hairston back, available to play. Chris Kelsay will probably be a game-time decision, as his calf is bothering him again.
For the Jets, center Nick Mangold appears to be back, and he will look to neutralize Bills rookie Marcell Dareus, who is replacing Kyle Williams at nose tackle. The only significant Jets player who is a game-time decision is wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who has developed an issue with his back this week.
Two ex-Bills players are now members of the Jets, and they are Aaron Maybin and Shawn Nelson. Based on their production in Buffalo compared to their level of expectations, Bills fans will probably greet them accordingly. The crowd, by the way, will be wearing mostly white to honor the request made by the Bills players, who are wearing their all-white road uniforms on Sunday.
The biggest question mark will be which of the various Bills weapons will be able to step up this Sunday. You figure that All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis will look to minimize the effectiveness of Steve Johnson, while the rest of the defense tries to stop Fred Jackson. So, that means that the other Bills starters on offense will have to take advantage of less attention being paid to them.
Check back throughout the game for our reaction to the plays and thoughts about how the rest of the game will unfold.
Updated score: Jets 27, Bills 1