When the schedule was first released, I thought this was one of maybe four games this year that the Bills had a realistically-high chance to come out on top. "We don't have one yet", said Bowles. 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, it will do so against the Bills, who allowed 4.5 yards per carry (tied for fifth-worst in the NFL) a year ago and traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles in August.
Questions about quarterback Tyrod Taylor's availability were answered this week when he was cleared to play after suffering a concussion in the preseason.
LeSean McCoy will be the most lethal threat for the Jets in this matchup, despite having one of the best rushing defenses in the league. The Jets drafted Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, in part, to deal with tight ends.
Buffalo has been busy transforming its roster through trades - receiver Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby were moved in separate deals on August 11 - to stockpile draft picks. I'd expect to see Taylor on the move a fair bit - maybe not with zone-read like in year's past - but enough to get him a lot more comfortable than in the preseason.
The Rex Ryan era in Buffalo didn't last very long, as he and his defensive coordinator brother Rob were both gone at the end of a disappointing 7-9 season. That being said, the trio of McCoy, Taylor, and Matthews could prove to be a force in the season opener. "More importantly, it's not about me".
The Jets released their active roster before Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the Buffalo Bills and Hackenberg was on it, Bryce Petty was not.
McCown completed 26 of 38 passes for 187 yards with two interceptions.
He's also searching for his first win as a starter in almost two years.
After a disastrous season in which the Jets had a record of 5-11, placing fourth in the division, they look to start fresh in the 2017 season. He ran for another 36 yards on the ground.
The Jets do return defensive linemen Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson. "You don't replace a guy like (Richardson)".
The Jets are not viewed as Buffalo's strongest opponent on the schedule this year, but things had to go right in several key areas in order to achieve that win and they did. To get this stadium back to where it belongs, in terms of our home field advantage, and we look forward to getting out there this weekend in front of our fans.