The Buffalo Bills (4-2) are a banged-up bunch, with five key players ruled out for Sunday’s Week 7 game and another three players listed as questionable.
Sunday’s clash should represent the perfect opportunity for the Bills to get right, as the Jets rank dead last in scoring offense (75 points in six games, an average of 12.5 points per game) and 29th in scoring defense (185 points, an average of 30.8 points per game). The Jets also rank near the bottom of the league in yards per game (31st), dead last in passing offense (171.3 yards/game), and passing defense (25th, 253.3 yards/game).
The Jets are being outscored by an average of 18.3 points per game and are averaging a league-worst 4.74 yards per pass while accruing nearly 90 yards fewer per game than the league average. Not good, Bob.
So will this be the week that quarterback Josh Allen gets the once high-flying offense back on track? Will this be the week that running backs Devin Singletary and Zack Moss spark a resurgence for the rushing attack? Can the Bills’ much-maligned defense get after quarterbacks Sam Darnold/Joe Flacco, contain former Bill Frank Gore and the running game, and figure out what has ailed them in back-to-back losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans?
This is the 121st meeting all-time between these teams. Buffalo leads the all-time series 64-56, winning the 2020 opener 27-17 on Sept. 13 behind Allen’s first career 300-yard passing game. Allen set then career-highs in completions (33) and attempts (46) in throwing for 312 yards with two touchdowns while adding 14 carries for 57 yards and a score. Stefon Diggs hauled in eight passes for 86 yards in his Bills debut, while John Brown caught six passes for 70 yards and a TD in the win.
The Bills raced out to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, scoring touchdowns on three consecutive drives following a fumble by Allen on the season-opening drive. Defensively, Mario Addison, Tyrel Dodson and Trent Murphy recorded sacks, Matt Milano had an interception, and the defense limited the Jets to just 52 rushing yards and 254 yards of total offense.
In their young careers, this is technically the fifth meeting between Allen and Darnold, who were each taken in the top ten of the 2018 NFL Draft.
After splitting their first two matchups, Allen got the better of Darnold in the 2020 opener, while Darnold guided the Jets to a 13-6 win in the 2019 finale in a game where Allen played only two series as the Bills rested most of their starters with nothing to play for after wrapping up the five seed in the AFC the week prior.
Buffalo is currently listed as a 10-point favorite. Here are all the ways to catch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. EDT
Channel: The game will be carried locally on CBS on WIVB 4 and CFTO 9 in Buffalo, WIVB 4 and WROC 8 in Rochester, WTVH 5 in Syracuse and Utica, WKTV 2 in Syracuse, Utica, and Albany, WBNG 12 in Syracuse, Binghamton, and Elmira, WRGB 6 in Utica and Albany, WCWN 45 in Albany and WENY 36-2 in Elmira. View the broadcast map.
Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (analyst).
Location: MetLife Stadium | East Rutherford, N.J.
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Steve Tasker with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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- Ruled out: WR John Brown (knee), LB Tyrel Dodson (hamstring), G Cody Ford (knee), TE Dawson Knox (calf), CB Josh Norman (hamstring).
- Questionable: CB Cam Lewis (wrist), LB Matt Milano (pectoral muscle), CB Tre’Davious White (back).
- Will play: QB Josh Allen (shoulder), S Jaquan Johnson (back).
New York Jets
- Doubtful: K Sam Ficken (groin), OL Alex Lewis (shoulder).
- Questionable: T Mekhi Becton (shoulder), WR Jamison Crowder (groin), B Sam Darnold (shoulder), T Chuma Edoga (calf), T George Fant (knee).
- Will play: WR Breshad Perriman (ankle/knee), WR Braxton Berrios (quad), LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder), LB Tarell Basham (illness).