But as head coach Rex Ryan said this week, “We have to know our opponent,” and on that day, S Jairus Byrd and CB Stephon Gilmore were both out, while CB Leodis McKelvin left the game with an injury after playing just seven snaps on our opening drive.
All three of Buffalo's starting defensive backs will be playing this time around.
“Byrd is a ball-hawking safety, Pro Bowl-type safety,” Smith said. “They play a ton of man, so having Gilmore back, their starting corner, obviously makes them a better defense. And they’ve been pretty stout up front, so just having a chance to have those guys back gives them, I think, better guys in that secondary, which really helps their defense out because that’s the style that they play.”
The back end of the Bills’ defense might not be depleted this time around, but their strengthened secondary isn’t changing how our receivers are approaching this AFC East rematch.
“We have to take advantage of what we can do on the field,” WR
Holmes and Hill had one of the best games of their respective careers when we played Buffalo earlier this season as they combined for 262 yards and two touchdowns on just eight receptions (32.8 yards/catch).
“All we need to do is just go out there and execute,” TE
With wins over quarterbacks Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Drew Brees since our 27-20 Week 3 win over the Bills, along with the expected returns of Holmes, Cumberland and TE
Despite any expectations for a season sweep, with Buffalo’s secondary patched up and a cold, windy, rainy day in the forecast, don’t count on as many fireworks through the air for Geno and the Jets in Round 2.