The Jets can clinch a playoff spot with a win this week against the Bills. If they win their last two games they will win the division. The Bills are just playing for pride and they are coming off back to back losses on the final play of the game. They would like nothing better than to play spoilers against a staunch division rival.
Facts and Figures
The Bills are hoping to get Pat Williams back this week. He will try to practice and if that goes well he may play. He has missed the last two games with a fracture of his fibula. Travis Henry suffered a sprained knee against New England and will miss his second straight game. Shawn Bryson will replace him once again in the lineup. Rob Johnson remains out and Jerry Ostroski and Tyrone Robertson may not play as they are both suffering from knee injuries sustained against Atlanta last week.
For the Jets their secondary is weakened by injuries. Aaron Glenn has missed the last month with a sprained knee of his own but should return this week. Free safety Damien Robinson underwent surgery this week on his knee and is lost for the season. DE John Abraham is listed as questionable with a strained groin.
For complete injury news throughout the week and the Official NFL Injury Report go to our Injury Page.
OT John Fina vs. DE John Abraham: Fina will be matched up against the Jets best pass rusher most of the game. Abraham was held sackless in the last meeting between the two teams. He may also move over to the left side at times to avoid Fina.
OT Jonas Jennings vs. DE Shaun Ellis: Ellis will be lined up across Jennings most of the day. If the Bills worry too much about Abraham his second year companion could make the Bills pay.
LB Brandon Spoon vs. RB Curtis Martin: In order to win the game, the Bills need to contain Martin. It has to be a total team effort but it will be led by the middle linebacker Spoon.
CB Nate Clements vs. WR Laveraneus Coles: Clements will look to rebound after a tough performance against the Falcons. He will have to do it against the speedster Coles who is having a very good season.
SS Raion Hill vs. TE Anthony Becht: Becht has a knack for getting into the end zone. Hill and to some extent Keith Newman will have to watch for the rookie down by the goal line.
When The Bills Have The Ball: The Bills need to continue to run the football early, often, and effectively. They also need to guard the football since the Jets have been very opportunistic in forcing turnovers. Expect a healthy dose of Shawn Bryson coming off his best game of his career last week.
When The Jets Have The Ball: Expect the Jets to go to their bread and butter in Martin early and often as well. The Bills run defense couldn't stop Martin in the earlier meeting in there is no reason to think they can stop him this time.
Bills Daily Prediction
With both defenses struggling against the run expect it to be a quick, ball control ground game. The Bills only chance to win will be to hold Martin in check and protect the football. Going by the way this season has unfolded don't expect it to happen. The Jets need this game real badly and they smell a division title: Jets 27, Bills 13
Season Prediction Record: (7-6)
Season Record Against The Spread: (7-6)
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