Ben Blessington and Michael Nania break down how the New York Jets can come out of Buffalo with a 1-0 record.
The most bizarre opening Sunday in NFL history is finally upon us.
No fans (in most stadiums). No preseason. No problem.
In two days, the New York Jets will be kicking off their season against the division rival Buffalo Bills for the second consecutive season, only this time, it will be played in Orchard Park, whereas last season’s opener took place in East Rutherford.
Ben Blessington and Michael Nania dive deep into the Week 1 matchup, pointing out key player-vs.-player matchups in each team’s favor, analyzing how Sam Darnold and Adam Gase can be more successful against Buffalo’s elite defense than they were last year, and breaking down how Gregg Williams’ defense can have another successful outing against Josh Allen and the Bills offense.
Offensively, the Jets will need to muster up an effective early-down run game against Buffalo’s light fronts to set up favorable third-and-short situations where Chris Herndon can have space to work in his tough matchup against the star safety duo of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. Darnold must be willing to take what the defense gives him and avoid taking over-aggressive shots into Buffalo’s conservative Cover-4 defense, and when the shots do present themselves, it’s imperative that he seizes those opportunities.
Defensively, the key will be disciplined, fundamentally-sound play from the outside cornerbacks against the tremendous wide receiver duo of Stefon Diggs and John Brown, while Brian Poole needs to shut down Cole Beasley in the slot, just as he did a year ago.
Ben and Michael break it all down. Two. More. Days!