Bills will have a chance to pull into a tie for first in the AFC East
November 02, 2017 8:30 AM
by Bob Christ
The Buffalo Bills will have a chance to pull into a tie for first in the AFC East with defending Super Bowl champion New England on Thursday night when they play host to the New York Jets.
The Bills, who were 200-1 shots to win the Super Bowl in late August at Westgate Las Vegas, are still 50-1 and just made the impressive trade-deadline acquisition of Carolina WR Kelvin Benjamin, who led the Panthers in receiving yards with 475, which is over 200 more than any of Buffalo's guys have gained.
Now for a closer look at the battle between division rivals. The odds are courtesy of Westgate.
Buffalo Bills (5-2) at New York Jets (3-5)
Time: 5:25 pm PDT
Line: Bills by 3 (42.5)
Facts: In Week 4, the Jets gained 256 yards rushing in a 23-20 win over Jacksonville. In the four games since, NYJ has totaled only 243 ground yards in going 1-3... In Week 1, host Buffalo beat NYJ 21-12 behind 190 rush yards, a season-best. The Jets had 38, a season worst... Buffalo has allowed three straight QBs to hit 300 yards, including Oakland's Derek Carr last week in a 34-14 Bills victory. No enemy passer had reached that plateau in the first four games... NYJ is 5-0-1 ATS the past six weeks, the top mark for any team in that span... Bills QB Tyrod Taylor, with only eight TD throws, gets to face a Jets unit, with two rookie safeties, that has yielded an NFL-high 17 scoring passes... Jeremy Kerley, NYJ's third-leading receiver, might be starting a suspension. His status for this game is uncertain.
Analysis: The Bills are off to their surprising start thanks largely to a league-best +14 turnover edge, including +2 in each of the past five games so facing QB Josh McCown seems appealing. He's tied for the league high with eight fumbles. Buffalo's offense also is going through a soft portion of their schedule. The Bills have scored 30 and 34 points in their recent home wins over Tampa Bay and the Raiders, whose defenses are ranked Nos. 29 and 25. Conveniently, the Jets' unit is at No. 26. And about that great ATS record for the Jets – even the winless 49ers were on a 4-1 ATS spurt with a bunch of close losses before being wiped out the past two by a cumulative 73-20.
Forecast: Bills 26, Jets 16