The Jets Look to Sweep Season Series From Buffalo for First Time Since 2016
It is hard to believe that a Buffalo Bills team that was being touted as a potential Super Bowl contender could fall behind the Aaron Rodgers-less New York Jets with a loss on Sunday. The Jets vs Bills preview list host Buffalo as the favorite.
The Jets are looking to sweep the regular-season series from the Bills for the first time since the 2016 season after winning the 2023 season-opener in overtime versus Buffalo.
The NFL betting lines have the Bills favored by seven points in a game between teams coming into the AFC East matchup on two-game losing streaks. Buffalo is priced at -315 to win the game with the Jets coming in at +260.
In the AFC East standings, Buffalo is 1.5 games behind first-place Miami with the Jets two games in back of the Dolphins.
Receiver Garrett Wilson, offensive linemen Mekhi Becton, Duane Brown and Billy Turner, receiver Randall Cobb as well as linebackers Sam Eguavoen and Chazz Surratt are questionable for the Jets.
For the Bills, defensive backs Christian Benford and Micah Hyde and linebacker Baylon Spector are questionable.
The odds of winning the AFC East title have moved from +125 to +350 for Buffalo since the start of the season with the AFC East odds for the Jets moving from +250 to +1400.
Location: Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
Offensive Struggles Cooling the Jets
The Jets built this team around Rodgers, even bringing in a couple of his favorite receivers from Green Bay. However, with the future Hall of Famer going out in the season-opening win over Buffalo, it is not a surprise that the Jets rank 29th or 30th among 32 NFL teams in points and yards per game while being near the bottom of the NFL statistics in passing yards and first-quarter scoring. Keep that in mind when looking at the Jets vs Bills preview.
The Jets haven’t scored a touchdown in the last 11 quarters although two TDs were called back due to penalty in a 16-12 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
A defense that ranks in the top 10 in the NFL yards and points allowed has kept the Jets in many games this season.
The NFL odds total has gone under in four of the last six games played by the Jets.
Turnovers Hurting the Bills
The Bills turned the ball over on their first two possessions and had four giveaways in a 24-22 loss to the Denver Broncos to drop Buffalo’s record to 5-5.
Quarterback Josh Allen has thrown at least one interception in each of his last six games with Buffalo going 2-4 in those games. That could factor into the Jets vs Bills preview.
Stefon Diggs had a season-low three receptions in the Denver loss and expect to see plenty of Allen to Diggs connections this week.
When looking at recent NFL matchups, Buffalo has failed to cover in its last six games.
Zach Wilson threw a touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson in relief of an injured Aaron Rodgers and the Jets won the game in overtime on Xavier Gipson’s 65-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Buffalo, a 2.5-point favorite on the road, forced overtime on a 50-yard field goal by Tyler Bass.
The 22-16 win by the Jets fell under the 44.5-point total. It was the fourth straight Jets-Bills game to go under the total and the fourth straight time that the home team won the game outright.
Jets vs Bills Betting Preview
If the Jets didn’t have the attention of the Bills after winning in Week 1, expect Buffalo to come out with a sense of urgency as Buffalo would not be in the NFL playoffs if they started today despite beginning the season trailing only defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City in the odds to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl when the season began.
Buffalo made the surprising decision to fire offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey after the loss to Denver as the Bills were held to 25 points or less for the sixth game in a row.
The Jets are 1-1 against the spread this NFL season as the underdog on the road with the Bills covering in just two of five games as the home favorite.
The Jets have struggled defensively in the first quarter of games but rank in the top 10 in the fewest points allowed in the second, third and fourth quarters.
There could be some rain during the game and temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-40s at the time of the opening kickoffs. There have been worse weather conditions for Buffalo’s home games over the years.
Although the total has gone under in the last seven games that the Jets have played against AFC East teams, some early money has been coming in on the game going over the 39.5-point total.
The Jets have dropped eight of their last 11 road games against Buffalo and it feels like it could become nine out of 12 on Sunday.