The Buffalo Bills were aching for a bounce-back performance after the bye week following a disappointing loss to Jacksonville. With the starting offense almost complete on the field (Percy Harvin excluded), they did just that, tearing through the Miami Dolphins with sometimes brutal efficiency. Certain drives stalled and the defense gave up some long drives, but by and large the game was in hand starting with Dan Campbell's failed gamble for a touchdown to end the first half.
Meanwhile, the New York Jets were looking for a rebound game of their own after two consecutive losses. They beat Jacksonville to do just that. While Buffalo heads into Thursday night's game mostly healthy, aside from some bumps and bruises, the Jets are battered. Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing through a torn ligament in his non-throwing thumb, and Geno Smith isn't trusted enough to play in his place. Right guard Willie Colon and safety Calvin Pryor were injury scratches from Sunday's game, and kicker Nick Folk, center Nick Mangold, and cornerback Antonio Cromartie were all injured during the game. On a short week, the availability of these players will be a crucial factor in the upcoming divisional matchup.
As Buffalo heads to New Jersey for this game, your best way to follow along will be to watch on NFL Network. NFL Sunday Ticket won't work for most people, since it blacks out any games that are nationally viewable. Keep that in mind when planning your watching strategy.
Buffalo Bills (4-4) at New York Jets (5-3)
- Game time: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 8:25 p.m. ET
- Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
- TV: NFL Network (WIVB, Ch. 4 simulcast in Buffalo)
- Commentators: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
- Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 and 950AM (Rochester), WKRL 100.9 (Syracuse), FAN 590 (Toronto), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network
- Announcers: John Murphy, Mark Kelso, Sal Capaccio
- Online: NFL Sunday Ticket (except in markets where NFL Network is available), NFL.com Game Center
- Bills injuries: Full injury report is not released yet. Kyle Williams (knee) and Cyrus Kouandjio (knee) were injury scratches from Sunday's game. LeSean McCoy (shoulder) was injured toward the end of the game, but reportedly was ready to play before the coaches held him out due to the lopsided score. Sammy Watkins (ankle) dominated the Dolphins, but it's unclear how he'll be feeling with a short week ahead of him.