When the Buffalo Bills take on the New York Jets this Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, they'll be doing so not only to reach the midway point of the 2014 season at 5-3, but to end a four-game road losing streak against the Jets, as well.
The last time the Bills beat the Jets on their home field? 2009, when then-rookie Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions to allow the Bills to eke out a 16-13 overtime win in Dick Jauron's final year as head coach.
Since then, the Bills have lost four consecutive road games to the Jets by an average final score of 35-20. New York has run for 276 yards in a single game in that four-game window. In 2011 and 2012, Sanchez had a two-game run in which he threw seven touchdowns to just two interceptions. Heck, even Geno Smith (331 yards, two touchdowns and a running score) had a career game against the Bills a year ago.
Kyle Orton will be the fifth Bills quarterback to appear in a road game against the Jets (and the fourth to start) in the past five years this weekend. In 2010, Brian Brohm and Levi Brown combined to throw four interceptions on 12-of-26 passing, while also taking three sacks. Ryan Fitzpatrick fared a bit better in back-to-back games (459 yards, six touchdowns, three interceptions), but was outclassed by Sanchez each time. Last season, then-rookie EJ Manuel (19-of-42, 243 yards, one touchdown, eight sacks taken) was brought down to earth after a solid two-game run to start his career.
Long story short: we have seen the Bills play a lot of ugly football in MetLife Stadium. We have already seen a division rival extend a winning streak against the Bills this season, when the New England Patriots restored order in the division with a 37-22 throttling of Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium; if the Bills want to head into their bye week firmly in playoff position, they'll need to snap this particular streak this weekend.