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  • New York Jets at Buffalo Bills: Keys to the game, matchups to watch and prediction

    SERIES HISTORY: 113th regular-season meeting. Bills lead series, and after the game, 59-53. The Bills had won five in a row before getting swept in 2016. The first loss last year came in Buffalo's home opener on a Thursday night, then-coach Rex Ryan fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman. It was a precursor of the dysfunction that was to come.

    KEYS TO THE GAME: The Jets couldn't ask for a better opening opponent than the Bills,Authentic Owa Odighizuwa Jersey, it will do so against the Bills, who also are rebuilding/tanking(?) with their eyes on 2018 and beyond. If the optimal offensive philosophy -- running backs Bilal Powell and Matt Forte methodically wearing down the defense and allowing quarterback Josh McCown to take shots downfield -- is going to work,Authentic Joe Namath Jersey, who allowed 4.5 yards per carry (tied for fifth-worst in the NFL) last year and traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles in August.

    The Bills and Jets are going nowhere in 2017, so that could be an opening-day issue. It will sound like a broken record all season,Womens Eric Decker Jersey, right now, and both teams probably realize this without saying it. Still, they'd love to get the season off to a good start,Authentic Marcus Maye Jersey, and this might be one of the best chances either team has of getting a victory. For the Bills, they are playing in two new systems, unlike the Jets, but the key for the Bills will be how they run the ball with LeSean McCoy because their passing game, is simply not capable of carrying the day.


    --Jets WR Jermaine Kearse vs. Bills CB Tre'Davious White. If there's a team with a worse wide receiver depth chart than the Bills, White. This will be a baptism under fire for White, it's the Jets. Kearse, who was acquired in a trade from Seattle over the weekend, certainly helps, and the Bills will try to counter him with their rookie first-round pick, but this seems like a good matchup to start his career, especially given New York's problematic quarterback situation.

    --Bills RB LeSean McCoy vs. Jets NT Steve McLendon. McLendon led a run defense that smothered McCoy last season. Limiting McCoy again this week would force shaken QB Tyrod Taylor to go to the air, where he is lacking reliable targets.

    JETS NOTABLE ROOKIE: Safety Jamal Adams. Womens Marcus Maye Jersey,The sixth overall pick in last spring's draft offers an NFL readiness that should enable him to make an immediate impact and solidify a long-time weakness for the Jets.

    BILLS NOTABLE ROOKIE: Cornerback Tre'Davious White. The first-round draft pick was a starter the moment he walked through the door, White will play the most snaps of any Bills rookie. Opponents will be sure to test him, though some of that was out of necessity after the Bills allowed Stephon Gilmore to leave via free agency. Barring injury, but in the preseason he appeared to be up for the challenge.

    Major notables as Jets release Week 1 depth chartJets' run defense. He managed only 69 yards in 20 carries during two games, to help his fantasy team during a game. ... New York QB Josh McCown will make his fifth Week 1 start -- with his fifth team. He got the call for Arizona in 2004, both won by New York. It probably didn't please the replacement ref from 2012 who urged McCoy, then of the Eagles, Womens Owa Odighizuwa Jersey,Oakland in 2007, Tampa Bay in 2014 and Cleveland in 2015. ... Just six of the 28 draft picks the Bills made from 2013 to 2016 are still on their roster.

    PREDICTION: Someone has to start the season 1-0,Womens Joe Namath Jersey, according to history, or so we think. Whoever it is, has a better than 50-50 chance of making the playoffs. Don't expect either team to follow that trend.

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    The battle for No.2 may not seem very significant, but for a Jets team that is likely to start more than one quarterback this season,Authentic Jamal Adams Jersey, it is notable.

    Petty and Hackenberg each had their moments in the preseason, good and bad. Petty outplayed Hackenberg in the Jets third preseason tilt against the Giants before he fell to injury.

    Hackenberg followed by playing the majority of the game against Philadelphia, where he was decent at best.

    The Jets ultimately decided the backup position out of trust. Petty, who garnered some starting time last year, is somewhat comfortable with the first-team offense. He should give the Jets a “better chance to win” than Hackenberg.

    After rumors circulated that the Jets were exploring the potential trade market for RB, Matt Forte, Authentic Eric Decker Jersey,it seems as if he will turn out to be the Jets starter against Buffalo on Sunday.

    Bilal Powell, will stay put at No. 2, who has been making strides toward being the Jets feature back, while preseason stud Elijah McGuire earns the No .3 spot.

    Expect the battle of the backfield to continue on, while Forte continues to face trade/release rumors., however. Powell seems to be the fan favorite to total the most Jet rushing yards

    Wide receiver:

    A deflated Jets receiving corps added some help on Friday when they traded with Seattle for WR, Womens Jamal Adams Jersey,Jermaine Kearse. The big trade shook up the receiving depth chart by pushing ArDarius Stewart to the No. 3 spot.

    Stewart, the rookie out of Alabama, played well in the preseason, catching 2 TDs and averaging over 14 yards per reception. He now falls behind Kearse and Robby Anderson on the depth chart.

    Charone Peake slips to No. 5 as he didn’t stand out in the preseason. It will be interesting to see how the Jets continue to align their receivers, as competiton could be warranted for the majority of the season.

    Many should expect Jalin Marshall to earn a spot on the depth chart when he returns from his two-game suspension. The Jets are also reportedly hosting a visit with ex-Jet and 49er, Jeremy Kerley.