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The teams will now play at Detroit’s Ford Field after Buffalo was blanketed in snow, but the Bills have already had success in the Motor City as they defeated the Lions 17-14 on Oct. 5.
The Jets finally snapped an eight-game skid and entered their bye on a positive note. They’ll be keen to keep the good times rolling as 1.5-point underdogs against the Bills
In order to get a grasp on this primetime matchup, we’ve enlisted the help of those who know these teams the best. Expert NFL bloggers Joe Caporoso of New York blog Turn on the Jets and Matt Warren of Buffalo blog Buffalo Rumblings strap on the pads and debate which team will not only win, but cover the spread Monday night.
WHY NEW YORK WILL COVER
Joe Caporoso is the Owner/Editor-In-Chief of Turn On The Jets. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @TurnOnTheJets.
Detroit Jets City
NFL players are creatures of habit and the Buffalo Bills have had themselves a bizarre week of cancelled practices and traveling out of a blizzard. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them get off to a slow start in a suddenly neutral site that could be a somewhat Jets heavy crowd, as local radio stations are encouraging Lions fans to take advantage of free tickets and cheer against old Head Coach Jim Schwartz.
A More Polished Vick and Harvin
Mike Vick and Percy Harvin made their share of plays against the Bills in their previous match-up. However, it was Harvin’s first game as a Jet and Vick came off the bench for an ineffective Geno Smith and still had three turnovers. Vick has now settled in as the starter and hasn’t had a turnover since. Harvin is also further acclimated to the offense and should allow the Jets get to the edge to avoid the Bills monstrous interior.
A More Settled Secondary
It may have been a one game mirage, but the Jets got strong games from safety Jaiquawn Jarrett and corner Marcus Williams against Pittsburgh, neither player was a contributor in this team’s previous matchup. Hopefully, their presence will lead to steadier pass defense against Sammy Watkins.
WHY BUFFALO WILL COVER
Matt Warren is the senior editor of Buffalo Rumblings. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @BuffRumblings.
Jets’ Turnover Troubles
The Bills beat the Jets by 20 points in their first game without even trying to score touchdowns offensively. The Jets turned it over six times and Buffalo eventually just tried running out the clock and kicking field goals.
Secondary Musical Chairs
The Jets have had to shuffle around their secondary making it easier for a guy like Sammy Watkins to hurt them. Watkins had 157 yards and a touchdown against them in the earlier meeting (and it would have been two if he hadn’t celebrated early).
Fred Jackson should be fully healthy, something we haven’t been able to say in a month. He’s the heart and soul of the offense and it’s no coincidence they were 1-2 without him scoring a combined 22 points in the last two weeks.
Join in the debate. Who covers on Monday night: New York or Buffalo?