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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets Pick & Prediction OCT 25TH 2020

Complete TV: CBS MetLife Stadium East Rutherford
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464Jets New York
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The downtrodden New York Jets are the only remaining winless NFL team as they enter Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills at East Rutherford, N.J.

 

The offense has been anemic, the defense has been porous, and the chorus of people calling for coach Adam Gase to be fired is growing louder after last Sunday's listless 24-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

 

But perhaps the most harrowing anecdote is that the Jets are last in the NFL with 75 points scored, while every other NFL team has tallied at least 100.

 

Factor in that the Jets are losing by an average of 18.3 points per game and there doesn't appear to be much room for a turnaround.

 

"The only thing you can do is that you have to stay in the moment, and tune out the outside noise," veteran quarterback Joe Flacco said during a conference call. "It's a lot harder to go out every week in practice. It happens to a bunch of teams every year, but the NFL doesn't stop playing games because you're going through a tough time."

 

Flacco has started the past two games, a span in which the Jets scored 10 total points. He may be on the sideline against the Bills as Sam Darnold (shoulder) returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant and took the bulk of the first-team repetitions.

 

Darnold suffered an AC joint sprain of his passing shoulder on Oct. 1 against the Denver Broncos. Gase said he will wait until later in the week to determine whether Darnold is ready to return to his starting role.

 

"All options are available," Gase said. "We'll have him on a pitch count. I think really the biggest thing is how he's going to feel (Thursday).

 

"If there's anything that lingers or anything where he's throwing (in pain), that's kind of his red flag of, 'Hey, I have to let you guys know.' We need him to be real honest."

 

The Bills (4-2) are in first place in the AFC East but are a fragile club after getting wiped out by two of the AFC's leading title contenders.

 

Buffalo was smacked around during a 42-16 road loss to the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 13 and then sustained a 26-17 home setback against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday.

 

"We're not gonna panic, we're gonna stay solid in our locker room," Bills quarterback Josh Allen said of the losses. "There's no panic, but there is a sense of urgency."

 

Allen's level of play certainly declined in the consecutive losses. After throwing 12 touchdown passes against one interception over the first four games, Allen has four touchdowns and three interceptions with a long gain of just 22 yards over the past two.

 

The 24-year-old has been stellar overall this season with 1,711 yards and 16 touchdowns against four interceptions. But he made it clear the drop-off in play -- he passed for a season-low 122 yards against the Chiefs -- is unacceptable.

 

"I was not good enough. I got to do a better job, it's plain and simple," Allen said. "... This team can't afford to have me play poorly."

 

Allen played well in Week 1 when the Bills recorded a 27-17 home win over the Jets. He passed for 312 yards and two touchdowns and also added 57 rushing yards and a score.

 

Wideout Stefon Diggs caught eight passes for 86 yards in the first game against New York. He has three 100-yard outings and leads the team with 42 receptions, 555 yards and three touchdowns.

 

There certainly is room for points to be scored with New York ranking 29th in scoring defense (30.8 points per game). Cornerback Pierre Desir has three interceptions but also has been prone to being beaten for sizable gains.

 

Buffalo averages 26.0 points on offense but is allowing 28.0. Defensive end Mario Addison has three sacks and safety Jordan Poyer has 52 tackles.

 

Allen is nursing a sore shoulder but practiced on Wednesday. Receiver John Brown (knee) is expected to be sidelined for the second time in three games.

 

The Jets are hurting on the offensive line as guard Alex Lewis (shoulder) sat out practice Wednesday while tackles Mekhi Becton (shoulder) and Chuma Edoga (calf) are also ailing. Top receiver Jamison Crowder (groin) also was limited.

 

--Field Level Media

 

Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets

Rookie Tyler Bass matched the franchise record with six field goals and the Buffalo Bills avoided a devastating defeat by escaping with an 18-10 victory over the winless New York Jets on Sunday afternoon at East Rutherford, N.J.

Josh Allen completed 30 of 43 passes for 307 yards and also rushed for a team-leading 61 yards for Buffalo (5-2), which ended a two-game losing streak. Cole Beasley caught 11 passes for 112 yards, Jerry Hughes had two sacks and one interception, and Dane Jackson also had a pick.

New York's Sam Darnold returned from a two-game absence due to a shoulder injury to complete 12 of 23 passes for 120 yards and two interceptions. The Jets (0-7), who remain the NFL's lone winless team, have scored just 20 total points over the past three games.

Bass connected on 6 of 8 attempts with the makes coming from 53, 48, 46, 37, 29 and 40 yards. He equaled the club mark set by Steve Christie, who made six against the Jets in 1996, also at the Meadowlands.

Bass' fourth field goal of the day, a 37-yarder with 1:37 left in the third quarter, gave Buffalo its first lead of the game at 12-10. He added a 29-yarder with 6:01 left in the contest and a 40-yarder with 1:56 to go.

New York's final opportunity ended when Hughes grabbed a deflected pass from Darnold for his interception with 1:08 left deep in Jets' territory.

The Bills had big edges in total offense (422 to 190) and first downs (26 to 17) while completing a regular-season sweep of New York. Buffalo sacked Darnold six times.

Jets coach Adam Gase didn't call the team's plays for the first time in his 23 games at the helm. Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains handled the duties.

The change was working early as New York had 104 yards and seven first downs in the opening quarter and 186 yards at halftime. But the Jets had just four yards in the second half -- 12 in the third quarter and minus-8 in the fourth -- as Buffalo took control of the game and racked up 233 second-half yards.

New York scored the game's first 10 points. Sergio Castillo kicked a 29-yard field goal on the opening drive and La'Mical Perine scored on a 5-yard run with 7:22 left in the first half.

Bass kicked field goals of 53 and 48 yards -- the latter on the final play of the first half. Andre Roberts returned the opening kickoff of the second half 58 yards to set up a 46-yarder by Bass that pulled the Bills within 10-9 with 10:35 left in the third quarter.

--Field Level Media