Jets-Bills: Keys To Victory
105.7 The Hawk will be the home of the biggest Jets game of the year on Sunday. Here are five keys to New York winning their first road game of the season:
-Ground and Pound: The old mantra needs to become the current scheme for the Jets to return to their winning ways this weekend in Buffalo. The Bills do many things well, but stopping the run isn’t one of them. Despite drafting defensive lineman Marcel Dareus out of Alabama, Buffalo ranks 20th out of 32 teams in stopping the run. Running all over Buffalo has been a theme of this rivalry since Rex Ryan took over in 2009. In the four games since, New York has ran for 276, 273, 249, and 318 yards. It’s not surprising that they have won three of those four games. Establishing Shonn Greene early and often is a must.
-Limiting Fred Jackson: The annually underrated Bills back flew so far under the radar coming into the season that even his wife wouldn’t drafted him to her fantasy football team. Much to her and NFL fan’s surprise, Jackson leads the NFL in yards per game. Rex Ryan’s defense has been uncharacteristically poor against the run this season, most especially when Darren McFadden ran all over them in Oakland in September. Limiting Jackson is the key to making Buffalo’s offense one dimensional.
-Stranding Stevie Johnson on Revis Island: Darrelle Revis is the best defensive player on the planet. His ability to lock down the other teams top receiver is a good as any player at the position since Deion Sanders in his prime. Stevie Johnson has become a legit star wide receiver in this league. Buffalo’s passing game goes how he goes. New York needs to line Revis up on his as much as possible.
-Win the turnover battle: Buffalo’s defense has been the most opportunistic unit in the league this season. They struggle to stop almost every offense, but limit scoring due to forcing a league high 18 turnovers. Their +9 turnover differential gives them almost two more possessions per game than their opponent. Mark Sanchez must take care of the football in order to give his team a chance.
-Overcoming the bye week blues: In a strange development, NFL teams are struggling off the bye week this year. Whether it be rest, lockout aftermath, or just a coincidence, teams are just 8-10 after an off week. The Jets are 0-2 after the bye under Rex Ryan. Putting in the game plan early this week was his way of trying to change the results.