Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets – 12/29/19 NFL Pick, Odds & Prediction
The New York Jets go to Buffalo, New York, to take on the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field next Sunday. The New York Jets do not have much to play for, as they are coming off of a loss to the Baltimore Ravens and have no shot at the playoffs.
The Jets are 5-9 on the season and have had a nightmare of a season. Many picked the New York Jets to be the surprise team that could challenge for the playoffs. However, for the most part, that team was actually their opponents, the Buffalo Bills. The Jets were seen as a completely new team as in the offseason, they improve their defense and got Le’ Veon Bell to pair him with Sam Darnold. However, with Sam Darnold’s injuries and a lack of creativity on the offense has spelled a terrible season for the New York Jets.
The Buffalo Bills will not have much to fight for in this one after their close loss to the New England Patriots on Saturday gave the Patriots the AFC East Division. The Bills are locked in the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs.
Bills have been a huge surprise team, with their defense helping carry them to a playoff spot in the AFC. Josh Allen hasn’t had a terrible season either at quarterback, improving on what he did last year. However, the Bills may rest some players in this one to keep them healthy for the playoffs.New York is 5-9 ATS this season
Over is 7-7 for the Jets this season
Buffalo is 9-4-1 ATS this season
Over is 3-11 for the Bills this season
I don’t think that the Buffalo Bills will be trying that hard in this one, I think that they likely sit Josh Allen and many other starters pretty early into the game to keep them healthy for the playoffs. I think this results in a New York Jets win, and giving the fans something to look forward to as they have had a season that did not live up to the potential that it could have been. Final Score Prediction, New York Jets win 21-17.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are still rolling right along with a high-powered offense and a stingy defense that has their record blemish-free.
The New York Jets look a bit different, though, from the team Bill Belichick’s bunch beat 30-14 less than a month ago. And, it all starts at quarterback.
Luke Falk was under center then, making his first NFL start and looking overwhelmed and overmatched. Sam Darnold is back this time around, fully recovered from mononucleosis and coming off one of the best performances of his young career.
”He’s a big, strong kid that can stand in the pocket and he’s hard to tackle,” Belichick said. ”He’s not an easy guy to bring down. He’s big, he can see and find guys under pressure.”
Darnold showed no signs of rust after missing three games because of his illness, going 23 of 32 for 338 yards and two TDs with an INT in a 24-22 win over Dallas and being selected the AFC’s offensive player of the week.
”Well, the quarterback makes a big difference,” Belichick said. ”They’ve gotten other players back on both sides of the ball. Coach Gase had the bye week and probably had an opportunity to get some things reworked. That was obvious in the Dallas game that their execution and some of the things they were doing they were just more efficient at and looked better doing them.”
It was a big boost for what had been a badly struggling Jets offense. Darnold’s day was highlighted by his 92-yard touchdown throw to Robby Anderson, the longest offensive play in the NFL this season and the second-longest in franchise history.
Now, Darnold and the Jets hope to use that momentum to get something going against the Patriots’ top-ranked defense at MetLife Stadium in a prime-time showdown. New York is also expecting linebacker C.J. Mosley, sidelined since injuring his groin in the season opener, to return Monday night.
”You’ve got to continue to grind,” Darnold said. ”We know that after a good win, you’ve got to come right back in here because we got a tough one Monday night against the Pats. We know what our job is, we’ve just got to come in and get back to work.”
The Patriots are off to a 6-0 start for the fourth time in team history, with a chance to get to 7-0 for just the third time. They also have a chance to sweep the two-game regular-season series against the Jets for the fourth straight year.
Brady is 28-6 against the Jets in the regular season, including seven straight wins. He’s also 16-7 in Monday night games, including 2-0 against New York. Meanwhile, Belichick is 18-8 on Monday nights – but just 9-7 in those games on the road.
”Monday night is always a high-energy game,” Belichick said. ”We’ll point to that and know it’s always tough down there in New York. So, we need to have a good week here and be ready to go.”
Here are some other things to know for the latest Patriots-Jets showdown:
BEEN A WHILE
The Jets and Patriots play on a Monday night for the eighth time, and New York leads those matchups 4-3.
The previous time the AFC East rivals squared off on ”Monday Night Football” was in 2010, when New England cruised to a 45-3 victory.
It’s also the first time the Patriots are playing a Monday night game on the road against the Jets since 2005, when they won 31-21.
The Patriots entered Week 7 allowing a league-low eight points per game. One of the reasons is how stingy their defense has been on third down.
New England has held teams to an NFL-low 10 of 73 (13.7 percent) conversion rate in those situations. The fewest third downs allowed in a 16-game season is 49 by the 1991 New Orleans Saints.
In their Week 3 win over the Jets, the Patriots did not allow a third-down conversion, which is something New England has accomplished five times since 2000. Only five teams have not allowed a third down twice in the same season – the Packers (2005), Eagles (2009), Giants (2010), Dolphins (2011) and Saints (2018).
Le’Veon Bell hasn’t had a breakout-type game for the Jets, but the fluid quarterback situation certainly hasn’t helped.
With Darnold back and the offensive line improving the past few weeks, the star running back could start seeing some more opportunities to make plays. He has 256 yards rushing and a TD on 85 carries for a 3.0 average, and 28 catches for 169 yards and a score.
”Hopefully we can open it up a little bit for him,” coach Adam Gase said. ”We’ve seen a lot of loaded boxes, he’s had a lot of tough runs. He’s made the most of what he’s had and probably gotten us more than what we should have.”
WELCOME BACK, WATSON
Tight end Ben Watson is back for another stint with the Patriots and it’s right on time for an offense looking for some stability and more production from the position.
The 38-year-old Watson was re-signed by New England on Wednesday, less than a week after being released. Belichick left the door open for Watson to return, saying he was cut simply because there wasn’t an available roster spot once he returned from serving a four-game suspension for a positive banned substance test following last season.
Circumstances changed when Matt LaCosse injured his knee during the Patriots’ win over the Giants on Thursday.
Without Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots haven’t gotten a ton of production in the pass game from their tight ends. LaCosse and Ryan Izzo have combined for only nine catches for 169 yards.
Michael Bennett will be missing from the Patriots’ defensive huddle on Monday night.
The defensive end was suspended for what he said in a statement to ESPN was a ”philosophical disagreement” with defensive line coach Bret Bielema. Bennett also offered an apology for any distraction it might have created.
Belichick declined to comment when asked about the suspension this week.
The Patriots traded for the 11-year veteran in March, but his usage has steadily decreased over New England’s first six games. Bennett has started just once and played a season-low 11 snaps in the Patriots’ win over the Giants in Week 6.
New York Jets
The New York Jets are a professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team is headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey. In a unique arrangement for the league, the Jets share MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey with the New York Giants. The franchise is legally and corporately registered as New York Jets, LLC.
The team was founded in 1959 as the Titans of New York, an original member of the American Football League (AFL); later, the franchise joined the NFL in the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. The team began play in 1960 at the Polo Grounds. Under new ownership, the current name was adopted in 1963 and the franchise moved to Shea Stadium in 1964 and then to the Meadowlands Sports Complex in 1984. The Jets advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 1968 and went on to compete in Super Bowl III where they defeated the Baltimore Colts, becoming the first AFL team to defeat an NFL club in an AFL–NFL World Championship Game. Since 1968, the Jets have appeared in the playoffs 13 times, and in the AFC Championship Game four times, most recently losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. However, the Jets have never returned to the Super Bowl, making them one of three NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance, along with the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Apart from the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions, who have never reached the Super Bowl (although both won NFL championships prior to 1966), the Jets’ drought is the longest among current NFL franchises.
The team’s training facility, Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, which opened in 2008, is located in Florham Park. The team currently holds their annual training camp sessions in Florham Park, New Jersey.