Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets: Week 18 pregame thoughts

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Another poor weather game in Buffalo means the running game could be called upon to drive the Bills offense

Sunday’s weather in Buffalo calls for 42 degree temperature and a mixture of rain and snow. These conditions are not conducive to throwing the ball, but Buffalo’s running game has come along at the most important time.

In Week 17, Devin Singletary carried the ball 23 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Buffalo’s offensive line looked like a bully opening running lanes for Singletary, and he darted threw them averaging just under five yards per carry. Josh Allen added to Buffalo’s rushing total by pitching in 81 yards on 15 attempts. In total, the Bills ran for 233 yards and four touchdowns in route to a two score victory over the Falcons.

This running effort has been missing from the Bills offense for most of the season. In Tampa, the Bills didn’t hand the ball to a running back until the second half. But now that they’ve found what works on the ground, Buffalo’s offense should be even more dangerous with an added dimension.

The Jets’ run defense is at the bottom of the league. New York ranks 32nd in rushing attempts, 29th in rushing yards allowed, and 32nd in rushing touchdowns. The last time these teams played in Week 10, the Bills threw the ball all over the Jets. But with Sunday’s conditions and the Jets’ ineptitude containing rushers, the Bills could be in for another big game on the ground this week.