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NFL analysts' game predictions | Bills vs. Jets in Week 17


What to watch for: He probably won't play more than a handful of series Sunday, but Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley is 56 yards away from setting a career high in receiving yards and eight catches away from a career high in receptions. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

Stat to know: Buffalo's Josh Allen has nine rush touchdowns this season. On Sunday, he'll be seeking to become the third player since the 1970 merger with 20 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs in a single season (Cam Newton in 2011 and 2015, and Kordell Stewart in 1997).

Cimini's pick: Bills 24, Jets 21

Louis-Jacques' pick: Bills 21, Jets 10

Can Bills backup quarterback Matt Barkley beat the Jets, the worst team with six wins this side of Oakland? We'll find out after Bills coach Sean McDermott confirmed that Barkley will likely play despite also announcing that a "majority of the guys," including quarterback Josh Allen, will start in Week 17. The Bills are locked into the No. 5 seed no matter what happens Sunday. Although Buffalo's defense is coached well enough to win with some backups playing, Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' underrated unit should hold Barkley down enough to get win No. 7 after a 1-7 start.

Pick: New York Jets 20, Buffalo Bills 17

The Bills are playing for nothing here since they are locked into the fifth seed. It will be interesting to see how they play it. The Jets have done some good things down the stretch, but the offense is still too limited. Bills take it.

Pick: Bills 21, Jets 14

No matter what happens in this game, the Bills (10-5) will have the No. 5 seed in the A.F.C. while the Jets (6-9) will simply be trying to sort out what worked this year and what didn't. With the game in Orchard Park, it makes sense that Buffalo is favored, but Coach Sean McDermott has committed only to playing his starters for "the majority" of the game, so predicting the result is mostly guesswork. A victory would give the Bills their second 11-win season since their four-year run of Super Bowl appearances ended in 1994, and they may be looking to enter the playoffs hot, so the scale tips slightly in their favor.

Pick: Bills -1.5


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