New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Matchup Preview (1/9/22): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Matchup Preview (1/9/22)

The New York Jets (4-12) mercifully conclude their 2021-22 season with a trip to Orchard Park, New York to play their AFC East rival, Buffalo Bills (10-6).  The Jets lost 28-24 to the Buccaneers in heartbreaking fashion last weekend after being unable to convert a critical fourth down late in the game.   New York is 1-4 in their last five games: averaging 20.2 points per game.  The Bills beat the Atlanta Falcons, 29-15 in week 17, continuing to hold onto first place in the AFC East.  Per, each of Buffalo’s last 17 wins have been by at least 10 points, the longest streak in the NFL since 1950.  The Jets have lost at least 11 games in a season five out of the last six seasons.  The Bills have won at least 10 games in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1990-1993.

New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Betting Odds

The Bills are a 16.5-point home favorite over the Jets in week 18.  New York is 6-10 against the spread this season; 1-5 on the road.  The Jets are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game: the Buccaneers ran for 62 yards in week 17.  The Bills are 7-1-2 against the spread vs. a team with a losing record.  Over is 6-0 in New York’s last six games following an against the spread win.  Buffalo is 6-1-1 against the spread in their last eight games following an against the spread loss.

My Prediction: Buffalo 33-20, Bills do not cover, and the teams go over 43.5 points.

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TV Schedule

Date: 1/9/22
Time: 4:25 PM ET
Location: Highmark Stadium
TV Coverage: CBS

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New York Jets Analysis

The Jets offense is averaging 322.2 yards per game ranking them 21st in the NFL. They’re scoring 18.8 points per game which ranks, 25th in the league. 

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, the second pick in the 2021 draft has had an up and down season but has shown flashes on why he was picked high by New York.  His 53-yard touchdown toss to Corey Davis in week four against Tennessee showed off his arm strength and the 52-yard touchdown scamper vs. Jacksonville in week 16, emphasized Wilson’s ability to make a play in the open field.  In 12 games this season the rookie has thrown for 2,247 yards, eight touchdowns, 11 interceptions while completing 56.7% 

Braxton Barrios is a receiver I really like and reminds me of former Jets star Wayne Chrebet.  He’s a player who simply can make plays when given the opportunity.  New York should make him a key part of their offense next season.  In the loss to Tampa Bay, he had eight catches for

65 yards and two touchdowns (one receiving and one rushing).  This season, he has 46 catches for 431 yards and two touchdowns: averaging 26.9 receiving yards per game.  The former Miami Hurricane is also a danger in the return game, with one kickoff return for a touchdown while averaging 30.4 yards per kickoff return.

New York’s ground game is averaging 101.2 yards per contests, ranking them 24th in the NFL.  Rookie Michael Carter out of North Carolina leads the Jets in rushing this season with 620 yards on 138 carries with four touchdowns: averaging 4.5 rushing yards per attempt.  He’s also a danger in the passing game with 36 catches for 325 yards.  Last weekend against Tampa Bay he ran for 54 yards, averaging 18 yards a carry.

New York’s defense is allowing 396 yards of total offense per game, which is 32nd in the league and 29.8 points per game ranking them 32nd in the NFL.  

New York Jets Depth Chart

QB: Zach Wilson
RB1: Michael Carter
RB2: Ty Johnson
RB3: Tevin Coleman
WR1: Jamison Crowder
WR2: Keelan Cole
WR3: Denzel Mims
TE1: Ryan Griffin

Buffalo Bills Analysis

The Bills offense is averaging 379.3 yards per game ranking them fifth in the NFL. They’re scoring 28.5 points per game which ranks them third in the league. 

Josh Allen did not throw the ball well in the victory over the Falcons, part of that could be blamed on the awful weather the game was played in.  He was 11-26 for 120 yards and threw three interceptions.  On the ground he rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns.  He’s thrown 15 interceptions this season; most by a Bills quarterback since 2012.  Including the playoffs, the Bills are 12-1 when Allen has at least 10 carries in a game; he had 12 in week 17 vs. the Falcons.  On the season, the seventh pick in the 2018 draft has accounted for 4,868 yards of total offense (4,168 passing and 700 rushing).  He’s also thrown 34 touchdowns and rushed for six in 2021.  The former Wyoming Cowboy has 31 career rushing touchdowns, only Cam Newton with 33 has more among quarterbacks in their first four seasons.  Additionally, Buffalo’s young signal caller is the eighth quarterback in NFL history to have thrown for at least 100 touchdown passes in their first four seasons.  Currently, Josh Allen is listed at +5000 to win the 2021 NFL MVP.  

Buffalo’s rushing attack is averaging 127.4 yards per game this season.  In the week 17 victory over Atlanta, Devin Singletary ran for 110 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns: averaging 4.8 yards a carry.  Singletary is the Bills leading rusher with 782 yards; averaging 4.6 yards per carry.  He has a career-high six rushing touchdowns this season; he had four rushing touchdowns in his first two seasons combined.  The third-year pro has a rushing touchdown in three straight games, longest streak by a Bills running back since LeSean McCoy did so at the end of the 2016 season.

Against the Falcons in week 17, Stefon Diggs had five receptions for 52 yards: averaging 10.4 yards per reception.  Diggs leads the team with 94 receptions for 1,144 yards (eighth in the NFL): while scoring nine touchdowns (tied for the team lead).  After being on the COVID-19 list and missing the game vs. New England, an un-vaccinated Cole Beasley returned to the Bills lineup vs. Atlanta.  He’s second on the team in receiving with 78 catches for 662 yards and a touchdown; averaging 8.5 yards per reception.  

Buffalo has the number one ranked defense allowing 286.5 yards per game to their opponents.  They’re second in the NFL allowing 17.4 points per game; they have two shutouts this season.  The Bills defense has allowed 11 passing touchdowns this season and 172.9 passing yards per game, first in the NFL.  They’re tied for third in the league with 19 interceptions; Safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde are tied for the team lead in interceptions with five.  

Buffalo Bills Depth Chart

QB: Josh Allen
RB1: Matt Breida
RB2: Devin Singletary
RB3: Taiwan Jones
WR1: Emmanuel Sanders
WR2: Cole Beasley
WR3: Stefon Diggs
TE1: Dawson Knox

New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Daily Fantasy Picks

Elijah Moore is a receiver; I would absolutely try to get on my roster for next season.  His season ended after week 11 due to a quadriceps injury.  The rookie from Mississippi had 43 catches for 538 yards, he currently leads the Jets in receiving yards.  In his last five games he played in, Moore had 28 receptions for 392 yards and five touchdowns: averaging 78.4 yards per game. 

Tight End Dawson Knox has 46 receptions for 538 yards; averaging 11.7 yards per catch this season.  The third-year pro has nine receiving touchdowns this season (tied for the team lead), no other tight end in Bills history has more than six in a season per

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