Football is back and the New York Jets will open the 2019 regular season in MetLife Stadium against the division rival Buffalo Bills. The two franchises have been starved for success and they both believe that this will be their season in which they can dethrone the Patriots and reign supreme in the AFC East. Second-year quarterback’s Josh Allen and Sam Darnold will face-off, both are best friends off the field but on Sunday they will be mortal enemies. Both Squads have surrounded their young QB’s with talent over the offseason and are both ready to faceoff week 1. Who will come out victorious in this pivotal division matchup?
The Bills are a team that is flying under the radar this season as they did not add any big names and have over the past 20 years been a laughingstock, but they are not to be taken lightly. According to Pro Football Reference, the Bills defense ranked top 5 in yards allowed, 1st downs, yards per play and passing yards allowed last season. Manned by stud cornerback Tre’Davious White the Buffalo Bills pass defense is a force to be reckoned with. The weak link of the Buffalo Bills is the offense, more specifically the passing game. According to Pro Football Reference, the Buffalo Bills finished top three in interceptions and bottom three in passing yards and passing touchdowns. However, Josh Allen did show promise as a dual-threat quarterback running for 631 yards and 8 touchdowns. If Josh Allen can become a more consistent passer the Buffalo Bills would be the favorite to win this game.
New York Jets
The New York Jets had a splash offseason throwing money at superstars at every position. With the additions of Le’Veon Bell, Kelechi Osemele and Ryan Khalil the Jets offense should take a significant leap this year. In 2018 the Jets had a middle of the pack defense followed by a bottom-five offense. This year the New York Jets will be relying heavily on the potential of their offseason acquisitions and the new offense being implemented by Adam Gase. There are a lot of unknowns with the Jets because we just haven’t seen enough of Adam Gase.
This game is so evenly matched that it’s very hard to pick a winner. If the Buffalo Bills can air it out efficiently, they will be victorious. On the other hand, if the New York Jets can establish a run game and have most of the time of possession then they will win. This game will be a tight one, but the Bills will edge out just barely in a 24-17 win in east Rutherford. Bill will win mostly because the Jets secondary is a joke and they’ll be entering the second year of the Brian Daboll offense.