Bills-Jets Preview Capsule
Bills-Jets Preview Capsule
By The Associated Press
Thursday, November 8, 2018
BUFFALO (2-7) at NEW YORK JETS (3-6)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Jets by 7½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Buffalo 3-6, New York 3-6
SERIES RECORD — Bills lead 61-54
LAST MEETING — Jets beat Bills 34-21, Nov. 2, 2017
LAST WEEK — Bills lost to Bears 41-9; Jets lost to Dolphins 13-6
AP PRO32 RANKING — Bills No. 31, Jets No. 26
BILLS OFFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (23), PASS (32).
BILLS DEFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (11), PASS (3).
JETS OFFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (16t), PASS (28).
JETS DEFENSE — OVERALL (14t), RUSH (18), PASS (13).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Jets having won three of last four in AFC East rivalry. ... Bills have lost four straight and five of six. Looking to avoid first five-game losing streak since 2011, when they dropped seven in row. ... Bills uncertain who’ll start at quarterback. Rookie Josh Allen has missed three games with sprained right throwing elbow, but practiced on limited basis Wednesday. Veteran Derek Anderson was in concussion protocol. Nathan Peterman completed career-high 31 passes last week, but also had three interceptions and has 12 INTs in first 130 passes. ... Bills have just three TD passes. According to Pro Football Reference, Buffalo is 20th team since 1940 with three or fewer TD passes through nine games, and fourth since 2000 — joining 2009 Raiders (3), 2009 Browns (3) and 2000 Bengals (2). ... Bills have scored just two TDs in last four games, while opponents have returned four turnovers for TDs. Buffalo has been outscored 103-20 in last three games, and has trailed by 22 or more after first half four times this season. Bills have been outscored 147-43 in first half. ... RB LeSean McCoy off to worst start of career with 267 yards rushing and has yet to score. McCoy had 10 yards on 10 carries vs. Bears. He needs 77 yards from scrimmage to reach 14,000 for career. ... WR Terrelle Pryor had two catches for 17 yards in Bills debut last week after being cut by Jets two weeks before with injury settlement while dealing with groin ailment. He had two TD catches in six games with New York. ... TE Logan Thomas had career-high seven catches last week. ... LB Julian Stanford, with Jets from 2015-17, had career-high eight tackles and first career sack and forced fumble last week. ... K Stephen Hauschka has 233 career field goals and needs one to tie Hall of Famer Lou Groza for 50th on NFL’s all-time list. ... Jets on three-game losing streak, second such skid this season. Last lost four straight to close out last season. ... Rookie QB Sam Darnold unlikely to start because of strained right foot that kept him out of practice. Backup Josh McCown expected to replace him. McCown hasn’t thrown pass this season, and last appeared in regular-season game in Week 14 of 2017 in Denver when he broke left hand. ... RB Isaiah Crowell ranks eighth in NFL and fifth in AFC with 533 yards rushing. ... RB Elijah McGuire had 30 yards on seven carries and three catches for 37 yards in season debut after spending first eight games on IR with broken foot. ... WR Rishard Matthews, who replaced Pryor on Jets, has no catches in two games. He played no snaps on offense last week at Miami. ... TE Chris Herndon had three-game TD streak ended vs. Dolphins, but had career-best 62 yards receiving. ... LB Jordan Jenkins had two sacks last week and leads Jets with 4 1/2. ... S Jamal Adams only player in NFL with seven or more passes defensed (eight) and seven tackles for loss (seven) this season. ... K Jason Myers leads NFL with 20 field goals and tied for fourth in league among all players with 78 points scored. ... Fantasy tip: McGuire has stepped into injured Bilal Powell’s dual-threat role out of backfield for Jets and could make for solid play in points-per-reception leagues.
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