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NFL Week 1 Preview: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

Previewing the match-up between the New York Jets visiting the Buffalo Bills, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 1 PREVIEWS:
HOU @ KC | NYJ @ BUF | GB @ MIN | PHI @ WAS | CLE @ BAL | IND @ JAX | LV @ CAR | CHI @ DET
SEA @ ATL | MIA @ NE | LAC @ CIN | ARZ @ SF | TB @ NO | DAL @ LAR | PIT @ NYG | TEN @ DEN

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
When: 9/13 @ 1:00pm ET
Watch: CBS
Point Spread: Bills – 6.5
Over/Under: 39.5
Moneyline: Jets +225 | Bills -286

Jets Key Injuries: Avery Williamson, ILB, Hamstring (Q), Kyron Brown, CB, Quadriceps (PUP), Patrick Onwuasor, ILB, Knee (IR), Jabari Zuniga, DE, Quadriceps (IR), Jeff Smith, WR, Shoulder (IR), Vyncint Smith, WR, Abdomen (IR), Joe Flacco, QB, Neck (OUT), Alex Lewis, OG, Shoulder (Q), Marcus Maye, FS, Calf (Q), Lamical Perine, RB, Ankle (Q), Tarell Basham, OLB, Ankle (Q)
Bills Key Injuries: Tommy Sweeney, TE, Foot (PUP), Jon Feliciano, OG, Shoulder (IR), Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Shoulder (IR), Niles Scott, DT, Undisclosed (Q), Josh Norman, CB, Hamstring (Q)

NOTES:

Quarterback Sam Darnold set career highs in pass yards (3,024), TD passes (19), rating (84.3) & comp. pct. (61.9) last season. Aims for 4th in row vs. division with TD pass. Running back Le’veon Bell had 1,250 scrimmage yards (789 rush, 461 rec.) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) last season, his 5th career season with 1,200+ scrimmage yards, tied for most among RBs since 2013 (Frank Gore). Has 563 scrimmage yards (140.8 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career games vs. Buf. RB Frank Gore makes NYJ debut. Rushed for 599 yards & 2 TDs last season with Buf., his 15th consecutive season with 500+ rush yards, most in NFL history. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of his past 4 vs. Buf. Ranks 3rd in NFL history with 15,347 career rush yards & 4th with 19,243 career scrimmage yards. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder led team in catches (career-high 78), rec. yards (833) & rec. TDs (6) last season. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Buf. with 8+ catches. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman makes NYJ debut. Set career highs in catches (36), rec. yards (645), & rec. TDs (6) last season with TB. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rec. yards. Wide receiver Denzel Mims was selected in 2nd round (59th overall) of 2020 NFL Draft. Linebacker Jordan Jenkins led team with career-high 8 sacks last season. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Buf. with sack & FF. Linebacker Neville Hewitt led team with 2 INTs last season. Safety Marcus Maye tied for team lead with career-high 7 PD last season. Safety Bradley McDougald makes NYJ debut. Had 2 INTs & FF last season with Sea.

Quarterback Josh Allen set career highs in pass yards (3,089), TD passes (20), rating (85.3), comp. pct. (58.8) & rush TDs (9) last season. Leads all QBs with 17 rush TDs since 2018 & ranks 2nd with 1,141 rush yards (Lamar Jackson). Joined Cam Newton as only QBs with 30+ TD passes & 15+ rush TDs in 1st 2 seasons in NFL history. Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games. vs. NYJ. Running back Devin Singletary ranked 4th among rookie RBs in scrimmage yards (969) & tied for 4th in TDs (4) last season. Had 98 scrimmage yards (70 rush, 28 rec.) in only career game vs. NYJ. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 110+ scrimmage yards. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs makes Buf. debut after 5-year career with Min. Had 63 catches for career-high 1,130 rec. yards & 6 TDs last season. Had 8 catches in only career game vs. NYJ (10/21/18 with Min.). Wide receiver John Brown set career highs in catches (72) & rec. yards (1,060) last season. Had 7 catches for 123 yards & TD in his last game vs. NYJ. Wide receiver Cole Beasley had 67 catches for 778 rec. yards career-high & rec. TDs (6) last season. Cornerback Tre’Davious White tied for league lead with career-high 6 INTs last season. Was 1 of 4 in NFL with 5+ INTs & 2+ FFs (2) last season. Cornerback Josh Norman makes Buf. debut. Has 80 PD & 14 INTs in 8 seasons. Safety Jordan Poyer was 1 of 4 DBs with 3+ FFs (3) & 2+ INTs (2) last season. Linebacker Tremaine Edwards led team wth 115 tackles last season. Defensive end Mario Addison makes Buf. debut. Had 9.5 sacks last season with Car. & is 1 of 2 in NFL (Chandler Jones) with 9+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons.

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Holden is a young writer with an avid passion for sports. He is currently a sophomore at CUNY Queens College. Holden has worked on multiple publications including Hardwood and Hollywood, The Knight News, and the Long Island Herald. He would prefer if you don’t mention Super Bowl 52.

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