Rex won't bite.
"We haven’t really thought about it," Ryan said today about things like stretch runs and postseason positioning for these suddenly (to some) in-play Jets. "We know there’s one game left and that’s the one we’re focused on, this one. Down the road, I understand where you’re coming from, the big picture of things, but it’s this game. Is it important? Absolutely, it’s important. That’s why we put every bit of our energy and all of our focus on it."
Ryan surely does want the Jets to bust out of their picket-fence prison of the first nine games, and as he assured, "We did lose" the bye week. So even though this is Game 10 of the season, it's Week 11. Time for one more stellar odd-week win.
Also, there is the divisional element in play. We have the opportunity to start 3-1 in AFC East games for only the second time under Rex. Division excellence in a division with New England is always elusive, but this is the next opportunity to break that grip.
Here are 10 things to watch for at Sunday's Jets-Bills game in the possibly inclement weather at Ralph Wilson Stadium:
1. The Sackmaster — The first time we ever faced EJ Manuel, back in Game 3, it was the proverbial jailbreak — eight sacks, our most in a game in more than three decades, led by
2. Geno, Odd or Even? — Which
3. Blanket Coverage — With the expected returns of WR
4. Austin vs. Mario — It's always a danger for the offense to go up against Mario Williams, tied for third in the NFL with 11 sacks. But Mario, who moves along the Bills' strong front four from LE to RE, has been stonewalled by RT
5. Reed's Numbers — The newest Jet donned uniform No. 22 on Thursday and wore it again at today's practice. But longtime NFL and Ravens watchers know Reed has always performed on his highlight videos in No. 20.
|First Downs Gained/Game||18.0||19.2|
|First Downs Allowed/Game||18.0||20.5|
|Time of Possession/Game||31:30||27:16|
6. Can't Wait — No, it wasn't a slimmed down Bart Scott at WR talking about playing Buffalo this week. It was
7. In a Rush — With a sloppy day possibly in the offing, which of our RBs will the Buffalo defense prefer to face?
8. In a Rush II — The best part of the Bills' attack is their rush offense, ranked seventh in the NFL at 140.7 yards per game. The best part of the Jets' attack could be their run defense, ranked No. 1 in the league for the third straight week in both yards/game (73.8) and yards/carry (3.05). But in the teams' last three meetings, our defense has yielded four 40-yard plays to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson combined (three runs plus the middle screen to Spiller late last year). Whoever wins this battle could win the day.
9. More Folk Hero? — Watch closely the first two times
10. Just Wind, Baby — The folks in Western New York like to say, "Don't like the weather? Stick around five minutes." That could be in play Sunday with rain (but not snow) expected as well as winds gusting to 25 mph. This could make it tricky for Folk's kicking and for Smith's longer throws, and won't do Manuel any favors as well as he'll be trying to thread passes to a wideout group that won't include injured starters Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods.
|JETS-BILLS RIVALRY FACTS||Record/Score|
|Regular-Season Series Record||Bills 55-51|
|Last Game||Jets 27-20, 2013|
|Last Bills Win||Bills 28-9, 2012|
|Current Streak||Jets 7 out of 8|
|Regular-Season Record @ BUF||Bills 29-23|
|Last Game||Bills 28-9, 2012|
|Last Jets Win||Jets 27-11, 2011|
|Current Streak||Jets 4 out of 5|