Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets Game Preview
The NFL Football season is back this weekend and there are quite rightly, many people excited about it. All roads lead to the Super Bowl in New Orleans next February and the journey, watched by millions begins this week.
It is the Dallas Cowboys v New York Giants that acts as the curtain raiser on Thursday, but it is the Buffalo Bills at home to the New York Jets that grabs our attention for now. These two compete for victory in week one on Sunday and it should be a cracking encounter.
There is no doubt that it should be a very close contest, but the Jets are the narrow favorites having won the last five meetings between these two. They therefore hold a physiological advantage over Sunday's opponents and on the opening weekend, this could count for everything.
The Jets just haven't let the Bills in over recent years and the statistics back it up. Their defence have given up just over 240 yards per game and only 69 points in total. This is the approach they will be focusing on this weekend too don't give the opposition a sniff.
Stopping Ryan Fitzpatrick will again be key for the Jets. The Bills quarter-back has been working hard in the close season on improving his game and the pressure is on him to show what he is made of on Sunday.
Make no mistake about it though, although their defence appears strong, the Jets have had some problems offensively during pre-season. New offensive systems do take time to come together, but they need that to happen on Sunday.
As for the Bills, well they will believe it is about time they beat the Jets. After two heavy defeats in 2011, they got closer to their bogey team most recently with a 24-28 reverse in November last year. Now though, they need to put together a winning formula.
A key aspect to this will be Fitzpatrick's fitness as well as his form. After suffering a rib injury last season, his and the team's form collapsed before the eyes of a set of fans that has waited longer than any other for an appearance in the play-offs.
The Bills offense has taken a hammering in the media many times before, but in Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller, they have two men that can give the team hope. You get the feeling that a winning start, against a team they haven't beaten for a while, would do everyone the world of good.
There is plenty to play for in this one with both teams eyeing victory. Who will get their tactics spot on? How well can the Jets handle Fitzpatrick? Can the Jets put aside any pre-season worries about their offense?.
Find out on Sunday.
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