In this NFL Week 1 matchup of New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills, either team has an opportunity to take the first step towards the AFC East leaderboard. On Sunday, September 13th, will the Jets or Bills draw first blood in the division?
With Tom Brady leaving during the offseason and a little-known quarterback taking his place, the AFC East is as open as it has been in over a decade now that the Patriots may no longer be the juggernaut they once were.
New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills Game Information
|Who: New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills
When: Sunday, September 13, 2020 – 1:00pm ET
Where: New Era Field, Buffalo, NY
TV Network: CBS
New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills History
Being divisional rivals, these two have quite a bit of history between them. All in all, these two have faced each other a total of 119 times – which includes a single postseason meeting. Of those 119, the Buffalo Bills have the series lead with a 63-56 record. Below, we’ll be taking a look at how they measured up against one another last season.
Last Season Recap
Each team won their road game against the other in 2019. Buffalo managed to edge out a 17-16 win over the Jets to open the season. This win helped propel Buffalo to a 3-game win streak. Ultimately it was a solid start to a year that ended in a 10-6 record as well as a Wild Card berth. The New York Jets, on the other hand, would not be so lucky.
The Jets turned in a meek 7-9 record last season. Although it was certainly a step up from the 4-12 record the Jets delivered the previous year, it wasn’t anywhere near good enough to get them into the postseason. Counting last year’s season, the Jets have now gone nine years without a playoff berth. One highlight from last year’s season for New York is the fact that they managed to turn a 1-7 start into a 7-9 record. Included in their 8-2 end of the season run was a 13-6 Week 17 win over Buffalo.
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New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills News & Betting Picks
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The Jets signed a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Joe Flacco in late May. The acquisition is more significant than it may seem. In Flacco, the Jets receive an experienced quarterback with big-game experience, a mentor and guiding light for the young Sam Darnold, and a solid #2 if not starter. Granted, it’s important to take the signing with a grain of salt. After all, Flacco hasn’t finished a season with a passer rating over 90 since 2014.
The Jets hope to get more out of their backfield this season with Le’Veon Bell and Frank Gore. 2019 did not go as planned with Bell putting up numerous career-lows in his first season with the AFC East team. Ultimately, Bell needs to prove that he can find success with a team other than Pittsburgh.
New York’s loss of Robby Anderson will be felt. He gave the Jets a speedy deep-threat that teams struggled to catch up to. Anderson averaged 15 yards per catch on his way to a 779-yard, five-touchdown season.
The Jets are hoping to provide Darnold with some protection by drafting OT Mekhi Becton from Louisville with the 11th pick of the draft.
The Bills have found their quarterback in Josh Allen. After struggling a bit in 2018, Allen improved in all significant areas come 2019. The second-year quarterback raised his completion percentage six points (to 58.8), passed for 1,015 additional yards (although he played four more games), slightly increased his average, threw for 10 more touchdowns and three fewer interceptions, all while raising his passer rating from 67.9 to 85.3.
Buffalo drafted Georgia QB Jake Fromm in the fifth round. Fromm, who was expected to go sooner in the draft, was too good to pass up that late in the game. Allen is the starter at the moment, but the addition of Fromm has to be in the back of his mind.
The Bills receiving corps is shaping up nicely, which will bode well for the offense. Stefon Diggs, John Brown, and Cole Beasley give Allen plenty of firepower to help move the ball, along with Devin Singletary and Zack Moss in the backfield and Dawson Knox at tight end.
This team’s true strength is its defense. Tremaine Edmunds (115), Jordan Poyer (107), and Matt Milano (101) each reached the century mark in tackles. DE Jordan Phillips led the team with 9.5 sacks. His counterpart, DE Shaw Lawson added 6.5 sacks of his own. Tredavious White accounted for six of Buffalo’s 14 interceptions.
New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills Expert Picks
See all of our expert picks for each Week 1 game here.
New York Jets: +6 ½, +240 moneyline, 39 ½ o/u
Buffalo Bills: -6 ½, -290 moneyline, 39 ½ o/u
Straight Up Pick (Gilad Chudler)
This will be the year to see if third-year QB Sam Darnold can turn the New York Jets’ fortunes around. With the AFC East up for grabs for the first time in many years, the Jets will try and qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Last year the Jets started out the season 1-7 but eventually clawed their way back and ended up at 7-9, giving fans some hope for this year.
As for the Bills, they are looking poised for a great season. Despite losing three of their last four regular season games in 2019 they still ended up at 10-6, clinching a playoff spot against the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card game. Although they lost, they had a great season in 2010.
They continue to boast one of the best defenses in the league averaging just 16.5 points allowed per game last year.
Although Week 1 is notorious for upsets, this is likely not to be one of those and the Bills should have no problems beating the Jets.
Point Spread Pick (Devlin Duckett)
The Jets are in a developmental season, and will have a difficult time compiling wins in 2020-21. The NFL algorithm added to the cruelty, giving NY the third-most difficult schedule on the calendar. Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell will do their darndest to carry the Jets to a handful of victories, as the defense treads water and steadily improves. Starting the season in Buffalo is like wandering into a grizzly bear cave naked, drizzled in honey. That being said, Gang Green can be a deadly infection for any animal.
The Bills are striving to build on their 10-6 playoff season from a year ago, targeting the AFC East crown. QB Josh Allen has a new toy, with WR Stefon Diggs joining the receiving corps. Buffalo has high expectations for sparkplug RB Devin Singletary in his second year, and the Bills’ D is perhaps the best in the league. However, Week 1 will involve a lot of rust being shaken off for everyone. The Jets will hang around and keep it close throughout, so take NY with all those points.
It’s Raining Ducketts: NY Jets +7 (-120)
Over/Under Pick (Zack Robinson)
Another interesting divisional matchup. The Buffalo Bills are favorites to win the AFC East; they added WR Stefon Diggs and after all CB Tre’Davious White will play the 2020 season. Last year, the New York Jets won in Buffalo 13-6 but lost in New York 17-16.
The Jets will have a healthy QB Sam Darnold back, while RB Le’Veon Bell is looking to regain an elite status. The Jets lost defensive leader SS Jamal Adams (traded to the Seattle Seahawks). Go with the over as both QB’s Josh Allen and Sam Darnold are eager to become the AFC East top dog.
New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills Rundown
New York Jets 2019 Offensive Rankings (per game)
Buffalo Bills 2019 Offensive Rankings (per game)
• Points Scored: 17.3 (31st)
•Total Yards: 273.0 (32nd)
•Passing Yards: 194.4 (29th)
•Rushing Yards: 78.6 (31st)
• Points Scored: 19.6 (23rd))
•Total Yards: 330.2 (24th)
•Passing Yards: 204.82 (27th)
•Rushing Yards: 130.94 (7th)
New York Jets 2019 Defensive Rankings (per game)
Buffalo Bills 2019 Defensive Rankings (per game)
• Points Allowed: 22.4 (16th)
•Total Yards Allowed: 323.1 (7th)
•Passing Yards Allowed: 236.2 (17th)
•Rushing Yards Allowed: 86.9 (2nd)
• Points Allowed: 16.2 (2nd)
•Total Yards Allowed: 298.3 (3rd)
•Passing Yards Allowed: 196.53 (4th)
•Rushing Yards Allowed: 105.35 (11th)
• NY Jets are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games.
•NY Jets are 4-16 SU in their last 20 games on the road.
•The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Jets’ last 6 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference conference.
•NY Jets are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games played in September.
•Buffalo is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
•Buffalo is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
•The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo’s last 5 games at home.
•Buffalo is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games played in September.
•Buffalo is 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when playing as the favorite.
New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills FAQ
Who is favored to win the New York Buffalo Game?
The Buffalo Bills are a 6-point favorite ATS in their Week 1 matchup against the New York Jets.
How many times have the Jets beat the Bills?
The Jets have faced Buffalo a total of 119 times in franchise history. Of those 119, the Jets have managed to win 56 of those games.
How many Super Bowls have the Bills won?
The Bills have won zero Super Bowls. Although they did appear in a record four-straight from 1991-94, they lost every one.
What channel is the Jets vs Bills Game on?
The New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills Week 1 matchup will be broadcast on CBS starting at 1 pm EST.