Date: Sunday September 22, 2013
Kickoff Time: 4:25pm
TV Channel: CBS
Radio: Buffalo Bills TuneIn.com
Live Stream: NFL.com Live Stream
EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills head to
New York New Jersey to take on the AFC East’s other rookie starting quarterback Geno Smith and his New York Jets. Both teams head into Week 3 at 1-1, having each lost to the New England Patriots by a combined total of 5 points. If either team wants to have a shot at being near the playoffs at the end of the season, this game looms large.
The Jets will be looking to stop Mario Williams, who was a force in the Bills Week 2 win at home versus the Panthers, recording a team record and personal high 4.5 sacks. I expect the Jets to run a quite a bit of their offence with maximum protection in order to keep their rookie QB on his feet. Unforunately for the Jets, when Super Mario is on his game there aren’t enough blockers in the world to stop him from getting into the backfield and wreaking havoc.
Look for Manuel and the Bills offense to continue to slowly open up and take more risks downfield. As witnessed against Carolina, Manuel is beginning to build a rapport with his receivers, most notably T.J. Woods and Stevie Johnson. Manuel struggled at times last week before settling down and leading the game winning drive in the final two minutes. If the Bills hope to win, they will need that Manuel to show up, not the one that cost his team several points with turnovers deep in their own territory.
C.J. Spiller will also be looking to continue the success he had in Week 2 as he rushed for 103 yards on just 16 carries. If Spiller can translate that 6+ YPC into a full workload of touches, both the Bills and Spillers’ fantasy owners will have a very good Sunday.
Prediction: The Bills defense is too much for Geno Smith, and EJ Manuel builds upon last week’s game winning drive, putting in his first truly “good” game for the Bills as they win 27-14
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