Thursday Night Football has always liked to feature the dumpster fire game of the week, and the Jets and Bills shouldn’t disappoint there. Nevertheless, this is a divisional battle, with Rex Ryan playing his former team, so there a couple of storylines here that should make for an intriguing game. Also, I know it’s only Week 2 in the NFL, but this is an extremely important game for both sides. This could dictate how the rest of their season goes. At 0-1, both the Jets and Bills need to find the win column, or confidence is going to be absolutely shot for the loser. The fact of the matter is that Rex Ryan needs to make the playoffs or he is more than likely going to be fired.
The Bills have settled for average, mediocrity for too long. And I think at this point, it’s either make the playoffs or bust. The Patriots have this division in the bag already, they can forget about winning the AFC East. They have lofty goals of unseating the Patriots, it has been the case for the last several years, but realistically they will have to wait until Bill Belichick retires, to be completely honest.
With that said, a Wild Card berth is what the Bills should realistically be aiming for. Everybody, from fans to management, would be quite content just playing in the playoffs. However, after looking severely outmatched against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, the confidence level of Bills’ followers has taken a significant dip. There are a lot of faithful Bills’ fans out there, and there dreams and expectations have been shattered year after year. When the Bills signed Rex Ryan, they were looking at him to do what he did with the Jets. There are definite similarities, outside of the fact that Jets team played with a certain level of confidence unlike the Bills. Darrelle Revis in his prime didn’t hurt either.
Tyrod Taylor tried his best to be a game changer in 2015 and he did a damn good job of it. Taylor finished with 20 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions, while rushing for 568 yards and 4 touchdowns. Taylor was a fancy DFS pick last week at a cheap price, but he came up flat with 111 yards passing and no touchdowns. The Jets, who own a top ranked defense in 2016, will look to make his start to this season miserable with two bad starts in a row. Let’s get to the pick below.
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The Jets brought back Revis on board, after he helped the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl. He has been with the Jets for eight years in his ten year career, so he feels right at home in New York. Revis has been playing in the NFL since 2007, so yeah, of course you’re going to see him start to slow down on the field. But is he still a good cornerback? Yes, I would say he is still one of the best. He and the Jets’ defense had their hands full in Week 1 but they handled them considerably well.
The Jets ended up losing the contest 23-22, but it was a quality effort against one of the best teams in the league. The defense is stout, but the offense is going to need some help this season. Most notably, they’re going to need to work on the offensive line, because there are problems to be had.
The Jets still don’t have a right tackle, after going through all of training camp and preseason games, the Jets rotated between Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale. That’s something you would like to get sorted out in early August, not the second week of the regular season. Regular starter Breno Giacomini is out for at least the first six weeks. The Jets rushed for 152 yards on the Bengals, so they didn’t have much problems in Week 1 but I would be surprised if it stays that way. There will be some games where they look incompetent. Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled against Rex Ryan defenses in the past.
Tyrod Taylor has been in the NFL for six years, believe it or not, but this almost feels like his sophomore campaign. Last year was his first in a starting role. I think a lot of defenses were caught off guard by Taylor last season. They really didn’t know what to expect. However, now that there is much more game film on him, defenses are going to have a better understanding of what he wants to do. Like several mobile quarterbacks before him, I see defenses zoning in on Taylor and nullifying his abilities. The Jets should be able to contain him. This looks like a game dominated by defense and ugliness. Not on a St. Louis Rams level or anything, but I think points are going to be at a premium on Thursday night. Something along the lines of a 19-13 final looks correct.
PICK: UNDER 41 POINTS (-115)