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With a new head coach, a new star running back and a second-year quarterback poised to take the next step, there is some optimism surrounding the New York Jets entering the 2019 season. Their bid to end an eight-year playoff drought begins Sunday at home against the AFC East rival Buffalo Bills.

Adam Gase was brought to New York to patrol the sidelines after three years at the helm in Miami, and he hopes for good things out of Le'Veon Bell -- who sat out last year after compiling nearly 2,000 total yards with Pittsburgh in 2017 -- and signal-caller Sam Darnold. "We'll probably have some ups and downs and some adversity, but we'll figure out what kind of team we have, especially in that first quarter of the season," Gase recently told reporters. The Bills will be leaning on a second-year quarterback of their own in Josh Allen, who threw for 2,074 yards in 12 games and electrified the offense at times with his legs, rushing for 631 yards and eight touchdowns. Included in Allen's promising rookie campaign was a matchup with the Jets on Dec. 9 in which he ran nine times for 101 yards and a score.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Jets -3. O/U: 40.5

ABOUT THE BILLS (2018: 6-10, 3RD IN AFC EAST): Allen will look for support from a backfield that jettisoned veteran LeSean McCoy last weekend and has new faces in the ageless Frank Gore and rookie standout Devin Singletary. Cole Beasley, who had 65 catches a year ago with Dallas, gives Allen a seasoned target in the slot, and former 1,000-yard man John Brown also joins the receving corps. Rookie defensive tackle Ed Oliver had a strong preseason and will be a key cog in a promising defense that allowed just 294.1 yards per game last year -- second-fewest in the NFL.

ABOUT THE JETS (2018: 4-12, 4TH IN AFC EAST): For his part, Bell seems more than ready to reassert himself as one of the league's top backs, despite having not played in almost 19 months and seeing no game action in the preseason. "I can carry 50 (times) if you ask me," Bell told reporters. "When I say, 'Don't hold back,' I mean literally that. I don't want to go out there and try to sprinkle me in or anything like that. I'm ready to play football. I've been waiting a long time for this moment. A lot of people are excited to see me play. Quadruple that, and that's how I feel." Bell will be trying to revive a ground attack that ranked 29th in the NFL in yards per carry (4.0) in 2018 and was held to 90 yards or fewer eight times in the final 10 games.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Darnold was 16-for-24 for 170 yards with a TD and an interception in his one meeting with the Bills as a rookie.

2. Buffalo has won three of its last five games in New York, including a 41-10 laugher last November in which it outgained the Jets 451-199.

3. The divisional foes do not meet again until a Week 17 matchup in Buffalo on Dec. 29.

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Last Injuries

New York Jets

  • Bradley McDougald

    Ribs
    Prob Thurs | probable

    McDougald was lifted from the previous game with injured ribs, but his availability against the Broncos on Thursday is not in danger.

  • Jordan Willis

    Ankle
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Willis was forced from the previous game with an ankle injury, and there is no indication if it will take the field against the Broncos on Thursday.

  • Chris Hogan

    Ribs
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Hogan is dealing with injuries to his ribs and knee, leaving his status against the Broncos on Thursday up in the air.

  • Jordan Jenkins

    Shoulder
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Jenkins is nursing a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Thursday against the Broncos.

  • Breshad Perriman

    Ankle
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Perriman sat out the last game with a sprained ankle, and it is undetermined if he will be active against the Broncos on Thursday.

  • Quincy Wilson

    Concussion
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Wilson was held out of the previous game due to a concussion. It is uncertain if he will be cleared in time for Thursday's clash versus the Broncos.

  • George Fant

    Concussion
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Fant missed the previous game while going through the league-mandated concussion protocol, and it remains to be seen if he will pass it in time for Thursday's tilt versus the Broncos.

  • Mekhi Becton

    Shoulder
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Becton exited the previous game with a shoulder injury, and it is remains to be seen if he will line up versus the Broncos on Thursday.

Buffalo Bills

  • Zack Moss

    Toe
    day-to-day | questionable

    Moss sat out the last game with a toe injury, and it has yet to be established if he will suit up against the Raiders in Week 4.

  • Dawson Knox

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Knox missed the last game with a concussion and is going through the league's protocol. It is up in the air if he will be cleared in time for Week 4 versus the Raiders.

  • Mario Addison

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Addison exited the last game with a lower-body injury, and it is unclear if he will play against the Raiders in Week 4.

  • John Brown

    Calf
    day-to-day | questionable

    Brown was forced from the previous game with a calf injury, and his availability for Week 4 against the Raiders is in question.

  • Dion Dawkins

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Dawkins was lifted from the last game with a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Raiders in Week 4.

  • Micah Hyde

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Hyde departed the last game due to an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Raiders in Week 4.

  • Cole Beasley

    Hip
    Prob Sun | probable

    Beasley is dealing with injuries to his hip and thumb, but it is expected that he will partake in Sunday's battle with the Rams.

  • Ed Oliver

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Oliver is hampered by a knee injury, but it is projected that he will take the field Sunday against the Rams.