New York Jets (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1)
NFL Football: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm (Ralph Wilson Stadium)
The Line: Buffalo Bills +1 -- Over/Under: 42 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills meet up for Thursday Night Football in a battle of NFC East rivals with plenty of ties between the two sides.
The Jets head into Buffalo on Thursday night in a shortened week looking to crack the win column after a season opening loss at home against the Cincinnati Bengals and they will look to stick it to former coach Rex Ryan who swept both games against them last year. This also marks another return trip for former Bills turned Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who had a modest season opener but is poised for a breakout season with a number of weapons to work with on the offensive side of the ball and a pretty stingy defense to boot. Matt Forte was strong in his Jets debut and is third in the NFL in rushing yards after the first week and with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker both viable options through the air the Jets are certainly worthy of a play here against the Bills.
Buffalo meanwhile will look to shake off a season opening loss on the road to the Baltimore Ravens in what was a pretty lackluster game offensively for both teams as the defense came to play and kept the game well under the total. The Bills need to get Tyrod Taylor and company moving but it won’t be easy here either as the Jets have three pro bowl caliber studs on the defensive line and a frustrated Darelle Revis who was torched for one of his worst games as a pro against AJ Green last week so this Jets defense will be out to prove their worth and the line has shifted almost three points since it opened. The Bills will have the edge with a prime time home crowd on their side but the Jets fans will be a presence here as well in a game that is going to be very close and should very well come down to the wire.
The Jets are 6-2-1 in their last nine against the AFC East, 3-1-1 in their last five against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last five after a loss while the Bills are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 4-0-1 in their last five ATS against the AFC East, and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games after accumulating less than 250 yards in their previous game.This is a tough game to call as I am higher on the Bills than most but with Sammy Watkins banged up a bit, the Bills sweeping both last year, and the best unit of the four in this game residing with the Jets defense I have a small lean to them here.