ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Donald Jones #19 of the Buffalo Bills runs after a catch against Ronnie Brown #21 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills are getting set to take on the New York Jets this afternoon in a key AFC East matchup. In order to win this huge game, the Bills will need to find ways to beat Rex Ryan's exotic defense - and it's a defense, mind you, that will likely try to force Buffalo to beat them in specific ways.
That's why I believe that Donald Jones - freshly returned to the lineup from a high ankle sprain - can be a big factor today, if he's healthy enough to play effectively.
The Jets will match Stevie Johnson with the game's best corner, Darrelle Revis. He's (largely) out. They'll try to get pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick and disrupt the quick-strike rhythm of Buffalo's passing attack. They'll also likely try to clog up short throwing lanes not only to disrupt timing, but to limit the effectiveness of David Nelson.
That could leave the Jets slightly more vulnerable to the deep pass - and if the Jets are smart, they'll try to get the Bills to beat them deep to win the game. If that's the case, it'll be on Jones - easily the team's best deep threat - to do some damage downfield. He's capable of doing so.