We are less than two hours to opening kickoff for the Buffalo Bills 2012 season. The Bills travel to Metlife Stadium to take on the Jets in the season opener. Here’s a look on the matchup.
On offense, Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to show why he deserved the contract extension he received last season. There is no question that after the extension, the Harvard grad took a step back. There could of been a number of reasons that you can chalk up the second half struggles but the Bills have a clean slate and must take advantage of it.
The Jets have had trouble setting the edge and stopping the outside runs so look for the Bills to try to take advantage of this early on with some runs from a healthy Fred Jackson. If Stevie Johnson, who is nursing a groin injury, can’t go, then Jackson and fellow back C.J. Spiller will also have to step up in the passing game. It will be a difficult task for the Bills offense today because the Jets defense is still a top five D. While all the hype is on Tim Tebow and the Jets Wildcat, don’t be shock to see Brad Smith run it for the Bills. After all, the Jets went and got Tebow in the off season because they felt they were missing the Wildcat element after the departure of Smith signed with the Bills last season.
On defense, the Bills must force the Jets to throw the ball. The Jets have proclaimed that they are back to their “ground and pound” offense. While Shonn Greene is not an ideal number one back, if the the running game gets going then that will open the play action for Mark Sanchez. If the Bills can keep the Jets in 3rd and longs and force Sanchez to throw to a questionable receiving core then the Bills might be in for a good day. Also, the improved Bills defensive line will be a problem for the Jets
Outlook: Some can say after a week 9 27-11 loss to the Jets, the Bills season spiraled out of control. After a fast 5-2 start the Bills finished the season 1-8 for a 2011 record of 6-10. David Nelson has said that Fitzpatrick cracked a rib a week before the week 9 loss in a week 8 win against Washington. You have to think that the Bills will want revenge on their division rival.
Outcome: While both teams went 0-4 in the preseason, it was the Jets offense that looked far worse. Until I see more of the Jets offense, I see the Bills winning this game 17-10.
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