Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Matchup Preview 9/8/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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The Bills Take on the Jets at Metlife Stadium as the opener for week 1. Both AFC East teams seek to improve upon lackluster seasons in 2018 and have improved their offenses to help their sophomore quarterbacks. While the outlook on both teams looks promising, this matchup will indicate whether these teams are really ready to make a playoff push in the near future. The Jets are favored to win this game, as it is a home game and Sam Darnold has impressed first year coach Adam Gase throughout the offseason. When these teams faced off in week 10 last season, the Bills thrashed the Jets in New York 41-10 with Matt Barkley starting at quarterback for the Bills and Josh McCown starting for the Jets. In week 14, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen were healthy and the Jets defeated the Bills 27-23. For odds line movement, and full matchup history, see the Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets Matchup Page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, September 8th, 2019
Time: 1:00pm ET
Location: MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)
Coverage: CBS

Injury Report

Buffalo Bills: TE Tyler Kroft (Q) – Foot, WR Andre Roberts (Q) – Quad
New York Jets: WR Robby Anderson (Q) – Calf, WR Braxton Berrios (Q) – Hamstring, CB Trumaine Johnson (Q) – Hamstring, G Brian Winters (Q) – Shoulder

Buffalo Bills Analysis

Buffalo BillsComing into the 2019 season, the Bills’ offense looks much improved. The Bills ranked 30th in total offense last season, which is something the Bills will definitely improve on this season with the addition of three new running backs (Frank Gore, TJ Yeldon, and Devin Singletary), two new receivers (John Brown and Cole Beasley). Building a strong supporting cast around franchise quarterback Josh Allen is extremely important if the Bills want to become perennial playoff contenders. On the other side of the ball, the Bills’ defense looks even better than last season. They finished the season ranked 2nd in total defense, and look to put up similar numbers this year to compliment an improved offense. Rookie DT Ed Oliver looks extremely promising as they look to improve their 16th ranked rush defense from last season.
This season, John Brown appears to be the WR1 for the Bills. He can stretch opposing defenses downfield with the blazing speed. Additionally, the Bills revamped their offensive line, replacing four of five starters. This matchup will tell if the new offensive line will be able to protect Josh Allen better than last season, where he missed four games with an elbow injury. New starters Mitch Morse (C), Jon Feliciano (G), Quinton Spain (G), and rookie Cody Ford (T) have a lot to prove going into this season.

The biggest question for this season is whether Josh Allen prove that he is a franchise quarterback. He showed flashes of brilliance last season, but can he produce consistently now that he has a better team around him? He posted a passer rating of 67.9 and threw for only 2,000 yards in 12 games. His rushing ability carried him throughout the season (631 yds, 8 TDs), but he needs to be able to rely more on his arm if he wants to stay healthy and productive. This game is the perfect opportunity for Allen to showcase his arm talent against a leaky Jets secondary.

Buffalo Bills Depth Chart

QB: Josh Allen
RB1: LeSean McCoy
RB2: Frank Gore
WR1: John Brown
WR2: Robert Foster
WR3: Cole Beasley
TE: Dawson Knox

New York Jets Analysis

New York JetsThe Jets spent a lot of money in free agency on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. They added Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, and Jamison Crowder to the offense, and added CJ Mosley to anchor the defense at middle linebacker. The offense could be explosive if Sam Darnold shows development in his game. Additionally, the defensive line for the Jets could be very disruptive with the addition of third overall pick Quinnen Williams.
Le’Veon Bell is the most talented player on this team, and he looks ready to go this season after resting all of last season. The Jets also have two other quality running backs in Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell to receive additional snaps out of the backfield. The receiving corps looks much improved from last season, with Quincy Enunwa returning from a neck injury and the addition of slot receiver Jamison Crowder from Washington. Sam Darnold will face a difficult task against the Bills defense, which ranked 1st in pass yards allowed last season. As for the Jets defense, they seek to improve on a horrible 2018 season, where they ranked 25th in yards allowed and 29th in points allowed. The signing of CJ Mosley, a top five inside linebacker, should help the Jets’ defense overall this year, even with the loss of Avery Williamson to an ACL injury.

Even with all the new talent being brought into New York, one position that remains a question mark is the starting kicker job. This offseason, the Jets lost Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers to the Seahawks. Now, they are attempting to replace him with Kaare Vedvik, who has yet to play in an NFL game. During the preseason with the Vikings, Vedvik made only one of four field goals and was then cut from the team. Last time the teams played, the Bills missed two field goals, which ultimately cost them the game in a 27-23 victory for New York. Having a consistently accurate kicker can often be the difference between winning or losing a game, and Vedvik has yet to prove that he is an accurate kicker.

New York Jets Depth Chart

QB: Sam Darnold
RB1: Le’Veon Bell
RB2: Elijah McGuire
WR1: Robby Anderson
WR2: Quincy Enunwa
WR3: Jamison Crowder
TE: Chris Herndon

Daily Fantasy: A Defensive Game

The Bills D/ST and Jets D/ST are very good value picks this week. The Bills ranked 31st in points allowed to opposing D/ST’s and the Jets ranked 26th in points allowed to opposing D/ST’s last season. Both defenses look improved this year and there may be many turnovers and sacks in this game featuring young quarterbacks.

BELLOn the offensive side of the ball, Le’Veon Bell projects as the only decent pick for this matchup. It is still unclear who will be the WR1 for both teams, so it is a good idea to stay away from WRs in this game. The RB1 is still unknown for the Bills as well. Although Devin Singletary is listed as the RB1 in the Bills’ depth chart, Frank Gore and TJ Yeldon are sure to be receiving touches. Devin Singletary looks promising, but it is advisable to wait and see how the touches are split in this crowded backfield. Even though Le’Veon Bell looks like a good pick, his salary is very high and his production is yet to be seen behind an offensive line that is worse than Pittsburgh’s. I would stay away from offensive players in this matchup, as both offenses have changed a lot over the offseason. You should wait and see how these players do in their respective offenses instead of opting to select these players for week 1.

Rohil Bajaj is a student at the University of California–Santa Barbara and is from Maryland. He is a devoted Washington Redskins fan and has a passion for fantasy football. As a statistics major, Rohil enjoys using data and analytics to gain an edge in his won fantasy football leagues.

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