Week 17 is a huge week for the New York Jets with crucial playoff implications. That being said, many teams playoff hopes will either come to fruition or wither away. The Jets are following the mantra: “win and we’re in”. As it stands right now, the Jets control their own destiny, meaning that if they win today’s game against the Buffalo Bills, they win a ticket to the playoffs. In order for the jets to become the 5 seed is if the Kansas City Chiefs lose to the Oakland Raiders which seems rather unlikely considering the hot streak the Chiefs have been on. The only way in which the Jets slip out of the playoffs is if they lose to the Bills, and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns. Considering both of these scenarios, the Jets seem all the more likely to become the 6th seed in the playoffs.
What to Watch For: Jets Run Defense vs. Bills Rushing attackThere haven’t been to many bright spots for the Bills this year. That being said, the Bills boast the top rushing attack in the NFL. Tyrod Taylor is a talented dual threat Quarterback. He makes plays through the air and on ground. Taylor has rushed for 517 yards and 3 touchdowns. Having a dynamically athletic Quarterback adds another dimension to the Bills rushing attack. The Jets will have to be constantly aware of Taylor’s whereabouts. In addition to Taylor, the Jets will have to be aware of dual threat Running Back LeSean McCoy. In the last meeting between the two teams, McCoy only rushed for 112 yards and caught only five passes. While he didn’t score a touchdown, McCoy is a dangerous player in the backfield and in the flats.
The New Yorks Jets have the best defensive line in the NFL which has caused them to have one of the best run defenses in the NFL. The Jets are allowing only 81.5 rushing yards per game. That being said, they have only given up 2 rushing touchdowns. I suspect that the Jets defense will come up big in the clutch and hold the Bills to only 90 rushing yards.
What to Watch For: Jets Wide Receivers vs. Bills SecondaryThe Jets have the best WR tandem in the NFL. Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall have both scored 10+ touchdowns. Eric Decker is perched at 977 receiving yards while Brandon Marshall has 1,376 receiving yards. Brandon Marshall are great complements to each other. The 1, 2 punch of the 6 foot 5 giants will be no match for the Bills secondary. Brandon Marshall has had a great year. He is a matchup monster capable of beating any corner. All of the Jets success has come from the arm of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzmagic has been terrific this year throwing for 29 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions. Over 60 percent of Fitzpatrick’s passing yards and passing touchdowns have gone to Decker and Marshall.
Jets front four handle the Bills rushing attack and cruise to the playoffs winning the game 28-17.