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Don’t count on the Jets bringing a top-notch game to Week 1 after such a haphazard offseason, something the momentum-fueled Bills should easily take advantage of by at least a touchdown.
The New York Jets did not seem to improve considerably this offseason, so they are apparently hoping to field almost the same 7-9 team as last season but with entirely different results, experiment plenty of other franchises have tried and failed with in the past.
Head coach Sean McDermott’s Buffalo Bills, on the other hand, seem to have figured out what fuels their engine, which is their young passer, Josh Allen, who now has superstar Stefon Diggs to target downfield.
This matchup could end up being a bit of a blowout depending on how the Jets defense, like young second-year defensive end Quinnen Williams, are able to put pressure on Buffalo’s strong passing attack, both in the backfield and deep in the secondary.
Buffalo Bills -6.5 -110
|Jets vs Bills Information|
|What||New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills|
|Where||Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, NY|
|When||Sunday, September 13, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
The Jet’s front office didn’t spend too much effort during the offseason looking to give poor Sam Darnold the best of receiving targets for the 2020 season, all due respect to Brashad Perriman, Denzel Mims, and Jamison Crowder.
When you have a running back like Le’Veon Bell launching out of the backfield, it would seem highly likely that Jets offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains would take advantage of that with lots of play-action to keep defenses on their toes.
The question then becomes whether Darnold has completely adjusted to playing in the NFL enough to take advantage of whenever opposing linebackers bite on those tasty run fakes.
Nothing better than scoring one of the league’s top receivers during the offseason, especially when your young quarterback is capable of launching the football far downfield.
Stefon Diggs has both the speed and the elusiveness to get open in the secondary, so it will be up to Josh Allen to get the football to him whenever that happens.
This Buffalo Bills team seems on the verge of something big in 2020, and you can bet on Allen-to-Diggs playing a huge part of that, especially once the season gets going and their chemistry begins to meld.
Last season, Crowder was targeted 122 times and he caught 78 of those passes for 833 total yards and 6 touchdowns, his best totals since his sophomore season in 2016 with Washington.
The Jets will need a deep threat to keep the secondary on their heels and give the middle of the field more space for Bell to run through.
So look for Crowder to step up and become the Jets’ main receiver and for he and Darnold to fine-tune the chemistry that they’ve already gotten started.
Last season, Bills 5’ 11”, 178-pound receiver John Brown caught 72 of the 115 passes that he was targeted with for 1060 total yards and 6 touchdowns, averaging 70.7 receiving yards per game.
While all defensive eyes are paying close attention to Diggs in the secondary, another of the best receivers in the league, Brown, will be given the opportunity to take advantage of the double teams he won’t be getting.
For the Bills to continue their upward trend, Brown will have to become a constant threat, both deep and over the middle, taking full advantage of he and Cole Beasley becoming less of a defensive concern compared to the proven playmaker Diggs.
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