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Week 9: Bills vs. Jets Preview Wayne Chrebet
The Bills try to begin their crawl back into the AFC East race against the division leaders. The Jets are coming off a phenomenal come from behind victory over Miami on Monday Night. The Jets now have 4 late fourth quarter rallies to victories while the Bills have dropped two games in the final minutes including last week's heartbreaking loss in Minnesota. This could be a classic letdown game for the Jets but the Bills will need to be on top of their game anyway to pull it out at home.

Facts and Figures
Matchup: N.Y. Jets (6-1) at Buffalo (3-4)
Date: Sunday October 29th
Time: 1:00pm
Television: CBS
Announcers: Dick Enberg, Dan Diedorf, & Bonnie Bernstein
Spread: Buffalo by 3 1/2
Series: Bills Lead 45-35 (1-0 in playoffs)
Last Meeting: Jets 27-14 in New York week 3
Jets Offense: Rush (21st); Pass(12th); overall (15th)
Jets Defense: Rush (18th); Pass (8th) ; overall (10th)
Bills Offense: Rush (19th); Pass (7th); overall (7th)
Bills Defense: Rush (4th); Pass (10th); overall (4th)

Injury Update

The Bills will be without QB Rob Johnson and maybe Jay Riemersma. Corey Moore is practicing this week and hopes to play this week. Shawn Price should play while Riemersma is iffy. The Jets have listed 17 players on the injury report but no big injuries are among them.

For complete injury news throughout the week and the Official NFL Injury Report go to our Injury Page.

Key Matchups

DB Ken Irvin vs. WR Wayne Chrebet: Irvin has struggled all season long and it appears he is losing confidence. He will probably be lined up against Chrebet most of the game and needs to come up Big.

DT Ted Washington and Pat Williams vs. C Kevin Mawae: Washington and Williams won this battle earlier in the year and will need to win it again in Buffalo.

LB Sam Cowart vs. RB Richie Anderson: Anderson caught 12 passes against Miami and Cowart will need to stop him from repeating that performance on Sunday.

LB John Holecek vs. RB Curtis Martin: With Cowart busy in pass protection, Holecek will need to stop Martin when he gets by the defensive line.

QB Doug Flutie vs. LB Mo Lewis: The Jets have had good success against Flutie in the past and will spy him with Lewis or one of their other talented linebackers. How Flutie deals with this is very important to the outcome of the game.

Game Plan

When The Bills Have The Ball: The Bills will try to establish their new found running attack with Shawn Bryson and Sammy Morris. Look for the Bills to continue running the draw and trap plays to take advantage of the Jets over pursuing defense. Flutie will stay in the pocket to give the spy nothing to do and try to hit those short passes again.

When The Jets Have The Ball: Expect Vinny Testerverde to try to challenge the much maligned secondary through the air. Testerverde will also try to use his backs as receivers like he did successfully against Miami. br>

Bills Daily Prediction

This is a must win for the Bills if they have any dreams of a playoff spot. The Jets are coming off a highly emotional victory and have a short week to prepare for the Bills. Two ways to look at it, they are either flying high and very confident or they will be flat after such a big win. Since the game is in Buffalo my guess is they'll be flat and the Bills will have to hang on to stop another Jets rally late: Buffalo 23, N.Y. Jets 17

Season Prediction Record: (6-1)
Season Record Against The Spread: (3-4)

Game Analysis and Review - Coming Sunday Night Oct. 29th!

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