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New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Preview and Predictions 12-29-2019


The Buffalo Bills are locked into the fifth seed for the AFC playoffs and have one more tune-up on Sunday when they host the New York Jets in the finale of the regular season. A 24-17 loss at New England last week ended any dreams the Bills had of ending the Patriots' string of AFC East titles, but Buffalo will be headed to the playoffs for the second time in three years following a 17-year drought.

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The Bills will open on the road against either Kansas City or Houston, and the finale against the Jets might afford an opportunity to rest some key players, although quarterback Josh Allen and others will see a majority of the snaps. "It's big picture," coach Sean McDermott told the media of the decision to give his starters significant reps Sunday. "It's where we are as a team and certainly there's a lot of different ways you can go about it. I've been around it and just where we are with this team, this year - and where we're trying to go - we feel like this is the right thing for this team, this year, in this situation. We have work to do." The Jets have won five of their last seven but a dismal start was too much to overcome and sealed a ninth straight season without a playoff spot. The league's seventh-ranked defense (324.1 yards allowed per game) helped New York to a 16-10 win over Pittsburgh last week to hurt the Steelers' playoff chances.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Bills -1.5 O/U: 36.5

ABOUT THE JETS (6-9): The players enjoyed the role of spoiler against the Steelers and they seem to have some extra motivation coming into this one as well, seeking payback for a brutal Week 1 loss in which they squandered a 16-point lead against the Bills. "Yeah, we coming after them," star safety Jamal Adams told reporters. "We hunting, man. ... It's a playoff game for us. We hear they're going to start their starters. That's good. We're looking forward to the matchup, I can tell you that." New York's only road win in seven tries this season was Nov. 17 against a Washington team that had one victory at the time.

ABOUT THE BILLS (10-5): Buffalo may want to put some bubble wrap around Allen, who is never shy about running with the football and absorbing hits. He was solid against the vaunted New England defense last week, throwing for 208 yards and two touchdowns while running for 43 yards and playing turnover-free football. The 23-year-old had a rushing score early in the fourth quarter and a 38-yard scoring strike to John Brown late in the Week 1 comeback at New York.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Jets WR Robby Anderson has four TD catches in his last six games after recording one through his first nine contests.

2. New York ranks second in the NFL in rushing defense (87.9 yards) and Buffalo is third in passing defense (195.9).

3. Allen ran for 101 yards and a score but threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in the last matchup with the Jets at home, a 27-23 win for New York on Dec. 9, 2018.

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Last Injuries

Buffalo Bills

  • Jon Feliciano

    Pectoral
    out for season | out

    Feliciano is recovering from surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, and he is likely to miss the duration of the 2020 season.

  • E.J. Gaines

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Gaines has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Voluntary Opt-Out list after informing the organization that he is sitting out of the 2020 season.

  • Dane Jackson

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jackson will spend an uncertain length of time on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list after a positive test.

  • Siran Neal

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Neal has wound up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain when he will get back on the field.

  • Vincent Taylor

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Taylor has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will have to quarantine for an undetermined length of time.

  • Duke Williams

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Williams has hit the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long it will take for him fight off the virus.

  • Cole Beasley

    Back
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Beasley has been designated for the active Non-Football Injury list with a back injury, and it is unknown how much time he will need to heal.

  • Star Lotulelei

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Lotulelei has landed on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after volunteering to sit out for the duration of the 2020 season due to a personal decision.

New York Jets

  • James Burgess

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Burgess has been added to the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after letting the team know that he will sit out the entire season due to a personal decision.

  • C.J. Mosley

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Mosley is expected to miss the entire 2020 season while on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list due to a personal reason.

  • Daniel Brown

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brown is rehabbing from an ankle surgery, and the team has put him on the active Non-Football List as a result.

  • Avery Williamson

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Williamson has been shifted to the active PUP list while recovering from a torn ACL, and it is unknown when he will be activated.

  • Ryan Griffin

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Griffen has been moved to the active PUP list with an ankle injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Ahmad Gooden

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Gooden has been placed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Leo Koloamatangi

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Koloamatangi will not take part in the 2020 season due to a personal reason. The team announced he is on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as a result.

  • Shyheim Carter

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Carter has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it has yet to be determined when it will be safe for him to return to the team.