The AFC East puzzle will work itself out a tad further this week in NFL betting action when the Buffalo Bills take on the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Is this one of the biggest regular season games that the Jets have played in a long, long time? This is really a crossroad for New York’s 2011 season. The team is 4-3, and there seems to be a big, big difference between 5-3 and 4-4 at the halfway point of the season. To make matters worse is that the team would be two games back, likely of both the New England Patriots and the Bills with just eight games to play, and it could be two games back of the Wild Card slots as well. The Jets have just been dreadful on the road this year, going 0-3 SU and ATS, and getting romped by an average of a dozen points per game. The being said, the team is off of its bye week, and it should be incredibly motivated for this game. You’d like to think that the defense will be playing well, but on the road in those three games, the squad allowed 30, 34, and 34 points, numbers which are very not-New York Jets-esque. QB Mark Sanchez has only completed 56.1 percent of his passes this year for 1,545 yards, though his TD/INT ratio is as good as it has ever been at 12/6.
It’s almost like the Bills are playing with house money right now, as they can win this game, guaranteeing no worse than likely a 4-2 record in division play by the time the season is said and done with. That being said, if the team loses this game, there is going to be a lot of sentiment that Buffalo is going to be at the beginning of the end. After all, let’s not be all that impressed with this team’s schedule. Shutting out the Washington Redskins last week wasn’t really all that impressive, and really when push comes to shove, the only win of note was that home victory against the Pats. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has had a great season and has become worthy of that mega contract that he just signed last week. He has thrown for 1,739 yards and 14 TDs, impressive numbers for just seven games in an offense that is most certainly a run first unit. RB Fred Jackson just continues to dominate as well. Jackson has 721 rushing yards and 353 yards as a receiver to go with six touchdowns.
New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills Pick: There’s a darn good reason why the Jets went from favorites to underdogs in this game. Buffalo is as sharp as could be. The Bills might even have the better team, the better home field advantage, and the better motivation in this duel against a New York team that we just don’t know if it realizes how much trouble it is in. The Bills are back, and they’re going to be a playoff team this year.
NFL Pick: Buffalo Bills -2 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
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