Sunday, November 6, 2011

What to watch for: Jets offense/Bills defense

Three things to watch for when the Jets' offense takes the field against the Bills' defense:

Sanchez vs. Bills' secondary

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has taken care of the football the last three games, throwing six touchdowns to just one interception in that span, though he'll face a true test Sunday in the interception-happy Bills.

Buffalo leads the NFL in interceptions with 14. Sanchez reiterated earlier in the week about how important ball security will be in this game, because the Bills are very good at getting after tipped balls and being in position to make a play on defense any time the ball is in the air.

With New York's passing offense, it's a different guy (if any guy) each week. Plaxico Burress, for instance, caught three touchdowns in the team's last game. Before that he had two total.

Bills' newfound pass rush

Buffalo had four sacks in six games entering last week. Now it has 14. The Bills' defense recorded 10 quarterback takedowns last weekend against the Washington Redskins.

Was it a flukey thing, or have the Bills actually found it? Buffalo defenders had talked throughout the year about how they thought they were right there on pressures but were just a split second too late. We'll find out if they're for real when they go up against a Jets' offensive line that been stout as of late despite an awful start to the season.

Jets like to run vs. Bills

New York (4-3) has averaged 279 yards rushing per game against Buffalo (5-2) in the teams' last four meetings. With Buffalo's knack for turnovers through the air, the Jets will most likely trying their hand early against a Bills' run defense that has given up 120 yards a game this season.

After a slow start to the season, Jets running back Shonn Greene has picked up steam over the last three games and is coming off his best of the season, a 112-yard showing against the San Diego Chargers two weeks ago.

What to watch for: Bills offense/Jets defense

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