The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills start the season with a divisional matchup right away. This game will be a big tone-setter for the rest of the season. As their other divisional rivals also are playing each other, this game will be for a share of first place after week 1. The Jets seem to be going backward in creating a strong team. Robby Anderson was their top receiver last season and now he is gone with the addition of Chris Hogan and Breshad Perriman who are lined up as their number two and three behind Jamison Crowder. They will be relying heavily on Le’Veon Bell to carry them this season. The Bills show off their roadblock defense to help them win games. Their offense is nothing flashy but their defense has shown even last year that they can take down even the best offenses in the league. The Jets serve as an easier matchup for their defense so it will be on their offense led by Josh Allen to put points on the board. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the New York Jets at Buffalo Bills matchup page.
Date: Sunday, September 13th, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Bills Stadium – Orchard Park, NY
TV Coverage: CBS
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New York Jets: M. Farley (hamstring) Q, J. Willis (knee) Q, B. Poole (dehydration) Q, P. Desir (hamstring) Q, J. Franklin-Myers (groin) Q, T. Basham (ankle) Q, G. Van Roten (oblique) Q, M. Maye (calf) Q, L. Perine (ankle) Q, C. Hogan (tightness) Q, J. Crowder (leg) Q, A. Lewis (shoulder) Q, J. Flacco (neck) O, B. Perriman (knee) Q, D. Mims (hamstring) Q
Buffalo Bills: Q. Jefferson (illness) Q, L. Wallace (hamstring) Q, J. Norman (hamstring) Q, T. Jones (knee) Q, B. Winters (leg) Q
New York Jets Analysis
The Jets finished just below .500 last season which finished third in a tough division. The real game-changer is beating the divisional rivals and getting games up that way. Losing those games is tough to come back for. The Jets have that early opportunity here against the Bills. The Jets are full of decent wide receivers but do not have that elite receiver that can take over games. That duty will fall on Le’Veon Bell. Bell has shown in the past how he can take over games and has the potential to go well over 100 yards, but he needs the additional help to move the ball. Sam Darnold is a bottom-tier quarterback working with middle-tier wide receivers. That is usually not a good mixture, especially when facing a top defense like the Bills.
New York Jets Depth Chart
Buffalo Bills Analysis
The Bills have focused on improving their offense which has struggled in the past. Devin Singletary enters his second year after a decent rookie season, but now with NFL experience, he should see further improvement. Where they lacked the most in last season was the wide receiver position so they reached out and picked up Stefon Diggs to give a very solid option for Josh Allen to throw to. Diggs combined with John Brown and Cole Beasley will be a great improvement in the right direction for the possibility of taking an AFC East championship. They also selected Zach Moss in the draft as the power back in their offense. Singletary is more of the shifty type so Moss will be a great change of pace back that will give them a little extra edge. It all starts this week with setting the tone for the rest of their season.
Buffalo Bills Depth Chart
Betting Corner Jets +6.5
Spread: Jets +6.5
Moneyline: Jets +225
Over/Under: Jets o40.5
The Bills are favored by 6.5 points which means they need to win by a touchdown to cover. I would think the Bills have the full capacity to cover this week. In terms of the over-under, I suspect it to be a defensive game and would take the under here. I do not see the Jets scoring much over 10 points and the Bills’ offense has never been one to score much either. Both defenses are solidly built.
Daily Fantasy Picks
The Jets are a team I stray away from in fantasy because they are questionable every week in how they will look. Le’Veon Bell is the only one that you can expect production from each week. The Bills serve as a tough matchup as they are among the top at defending running backs, but with a player like Bell, the opposing defense does not make much of a difference. Where Bell brings in his significant value is that he is a threat both on the ground and through the air. Expect a lot of dump-off passes to Bell because that is a significant part of the Jets’ offense. As their receiver game is lacking, Bell will be the one to step in and fill the gaps.
Stefon Diggs is new the Bills’ offense but if his past seasons have any indication of what to expect, he will be the top receiver for the Bills. John Brown and Cole Beasley will take some targets away as they are the returning receivers, but Diggs’s talent far outweighs them both. He should instantly be the top receiver in an offense that is looking more and more like a top offense. It will come down to how Josh Allen looks because there are both sides to him in terms of what to expect. We have seen John Brown have insane games last season which will be Diggs’s role this season. The Jets have an average defense which gives Diggs the opportunity to start off strong.
Devin Singletary just fell short of 1,000 total yards last season in his rookie year. He was working in a committee backfield which contributed to a loss of touches on his end. This season will be different as he is the clear-cut favorite to start the year with Zach Moss being the only one to take away any touches. Moss will likely be the short-yardage back and not have too much of an impact on Singletary at least early in the season. Just like Singletary got out to a slow start in the Bills’ offense in this rookie season, I expect Moss to be used infrequently early on as well. Where Singletary will likely see improvement is in the touchdown department. The Jets are not the toughest defense to score against, so there is a solid chance of Singletary breaking one or two out this week.