Expect hard-nosed football this weekend when the Buffalo Bills take the short trip to battle it out with the divisional rival New York Jets.
An opening line of 4.5, in New York’s favor, has moved to 2.5 as the public seems to think the Jets are vastly overrated heading into the regular season NFL odds. Their awful performances in the preseason may have something to do with the ever-changing.
The Bills, though, are on the rise and have been a popular pick as an undervalued team to look out for this season. With a strong ground game, a servicable starter at a quarterback and an improved defense, Buffalo could be competing in the AFC East as soon as this year. Well, maybe not with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots standing in the way.
Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the offense and there are questions on whether he fully deserved that huge contract he received last year. He ended up throwing for 3,832 yards to go along with 24 touchdowns and 23 interceptions, but the Bills jumped the gun by throwing big money his way early on when the team was winning games.
At least Fitzpatrick will have a staunch rushing tandem around to take some pressure off.
Fred Jackson is the clear-cut number one and should have a great year. His 2011 season was cut short due to injury but he was a big threat both running and catching the football when healthy. Jackson will be spelled by another exciting player in C.J. Spiller.
The Bills have a solid number one receiver in Stevie Johnson but the race for the number two slot was wide open. In the end, Donald Jones won the job.
That said, it’s going to be the run game that keeps Buffalo competitive in Week 1 against New York.