New York Jets (0-0) at Buffalo Bills (0-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Bills Stadium)
The Line: Buffalo Bills -6.5 -- Over/Under: 40 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills meet Sunday in NFL action from Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The Jets are coming off another uninspiring season in 2019, finishing 7-9 and in third place in the AFC East Division. New York has been left out of the playoffs for the last nine consecutive years. As for Buffalo, they performed better at 10-6 during the regular season, leaving the team in second place in the AFC East. Buffalo’s postseason dreams were cut short in the Wild Card Playoffs however, as they fell to the Texans 22-19 in overtime. Check back all season long for free NFL picks and NFL predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Jets stumbled mightily out of the gate in 2019, losing seven of their first eight games. The good news is that New York looked better after that, winning six of their final eight outings. Granted, the Jets posted wins over mediocre-to-bad teams like the Giants, Redskins, Raiders and Dolphins in that stretch, but hey.
This season, New York goes into the second year under head coach Adam Gase. The team has struggled to find breakout stars on the roster, and don’t have much in the receiver department with the loss of Robby Anderson and the release of Quincy Enunwa. The Jets also traded off defensive end Leonard Williams and All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, so there will be plenty of new faces at MetLife this year.
Over on the Bills’ side, they’ve found some success in recent years, but haven’t been able to maximize their postseason returns. Buffalo also finished off the regular season with a couple of tough division losses that dampened their results. The Bills fell 24-17 to New England in Week 16 and 13-6 to the Jets the next week.
Looking ahead to 2020, the Bills have their sights set on an AFC East championship now that Tom Brady has departed New England. Outside of the Patriots, Buffalo is probably the best bet to take that division, a feat the Bills haven’t accomplished since 1995. The team had a pretty interesting draft as well, picking up DE AJ Epenesa and QB Jake Fromm in the first five rounds.
The Jets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as an underdog and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 versus the AFC. New York is 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 games as a road underdog and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games.
Meanwhile, the Bills are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games in Week 1 and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight versus the AFC East. Buffalo is 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games versus the AFC.
Pick: Sticking with Buffalo here. These teams met in Week 1 last year as well, with the Bills eking out a 17-16 win. On paper at least, the Jets are worse than they were a season ago, and if things go south quickly we may even see Joe Flacco under center. I like the Bills for a comfortable win here, and a competent run at the AFC East title.