If the Bills hope to ensure another win against the Jets, as they did in overtime of Week 6, they will have to make a few adjustments from that game.
To begin with, the run defense was atrocious. The Bills gave up an unbelievable 318 yards on the ground; 210 yards to Thomas Jones and 99 to Leon Washington. The bad news for the Bills is that they haven’t improved much in this category. In fact, the Bills rank dead-last in the league in stopping the run giving up an average of 165 yards rushing per game.
That having been said, the only reason Buffalo was able to stay in the first meeting was the 5 picks forced by Jets QB Mark Sanchez. The Bills continue to excel at forcing interceptions, so look for that to be another critical element of this week’s game. If the Jets can keep the ball moving on the ground and limit Sanchez from making tough throws the Bills could find themselves in trouble.
For Buffalo, the key to the game will be keeping pressure on Sanchez and carrying over the offensive productivity of last week. It’s unlikely they will give up over 300 yards on the ground again, but don’t hold your breath for 5 forced interceptions either.
Buffalo needs to put together another complete game with an emphasis on finishing again in the 4th quarter.