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Scouting Report - Week 2 - Bills-Jets


Top 3 Individual Matchups
1 - Jordan Mills vs. Muhammad Wilkerson
The Pro Bowl defensive lineman will be a handful for Buffalo's right tackle. He's coming off a season opener where he had a team-leading seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pair of quarterback hits.

2 - Charles Clay vs. Calvin PryorThe Jets may choose a different coverage option knowing Clay's athleticism in the pass game. Pryor gave up a couple of big pass plays in the middle of the field last week against the Bengals.

3 - Sammy Watkins vs. Darrelle RevisWatkins may or may not be 100 percent, but Revis is coming off a rough week against A.J. Green, who had 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown.

Bills Top 2 Advantages
Good advantage - Run game
The Jets run defense is solid, but Buffalo demonstrated an ability to move the ball on the ground against New York. They ran for 148 yards against the Jets in their first meeting last season, the most they surrendered in any game in 2015. And in Week 17 last season, without LeSean McCoy, they still ran for 113 yards.

Best advantage - Big play abilityBuffalo's offense certainly did not display an ability to make big plays happen last Sunday, but there were a few that were there to be made. New York's defense, much like last season proved susceptible to the big play in Week 1 against Cincinnati giving up four pass plays of 30 yards or more including a 54-yard touchdown. The Bills led the league in points scored outside the red zone last year. They should be able to hit on a few Thursday night.

Bills Number 1 Must
Pass protection
Buffalo's offensive front will have a big challenge holding up long enough for deep routes to develop downfield for Tyrod Taylor to exploit. Play action and a respectable running game will have to be present to keep the Jets defensive front from pinning their ears back. But in Week 1 Cincinnati showed that New York's secondary can be victimized for big plays. The men up front just have to provide a secure pocket for Taylor to operate.  

Scouting Eye
Sack party
The Jets defensive front had no problem causing problems in Cincinnati's offensive backfield in Week 1. They sacked Andy Dalton seven times, the most he's been taken down in one game in his career. This despite the fact that they were without starting DL Sheldon Richardson, who was serving a one-game league-imposed suspension. New York's defensive linemen had six of the seven sacks.

Enunwa emerging?He might look like more of a tight end, but in his second NFL season the Jets have expanded Quincy Enunwa's role at wide receiver and he's making a difference. The Nebraska product got 63 snaps (89% play time) and caught a career-high seven passes last week including a three-yard touchdown catch to lead the receiving corps.

Forte still freshHe might be 30-years old, but Chicago Bears cast-off Matt Forte can still make plays, and in a number of ways. The versatile back, who was signed by the Jets in free agency this past offseason, put his game in display in his Jets debut last Sunday. Forte had 155 all-purpose yards with 96 on the ground and 59 more through the air on five receptions.

Right tackle rotationThe Jets are going with a platoon situation at right tackle, at least for now. Six-year vet Ben Ijalana got the start and went 38 snaps in New York's season opener, but second-year tackle Brent Qvale subbed in and got 32 snaps. Ijalana and Qvale will both see a lot of Jerry Hughes Thursday night.

Big plays availableAs outlined in Bills Advantages, New York's pass defense, much like last season, is still vulnerable to big plays. Three Cincinnati pass plays went for 40 yards or more last week against the Jets including a 54-yard touchdown.

3 or 4 man front?With Sheldon Richardson out last week against the Bengals, the Jets defense switched back and forth between a three and four-man front. Richardson returns to the lineup Thursday night and the general consensus is that the Jets will stick to their three-man front with Muhammad Wilkerson, Richardson and Leonard Williams.

Buffalo Chips
Quote of the week
"We love to compete and the competition, I look forward to competing against Revis and their defense. He's a savvy guy and a veteran so he knows some concepts of some routes. You've just got to run your routes and don't let him dictate what you're doing."
--WR Sammy Watkins

Stat of the weekTyrod Taylor has won his last four starts at home with a 109.3 passer rating and six total touchdowns (4 passing, 2 rushing).

Milestones in reachDan Carpenter (368) needs two points to move into seventh place on the team's all-time scoring list passing John Leypoldt (369).

LeSean McCoy needs two rushing touchdowns for 50 in his career.

Sammy Watkins needs five receiving touchdowns to become the second Bills player ever with 20 or more receiving touchdowns in his first three pro seasons.

Final noteThe Bills have won five straight against the Jets outscoring them 162-74.

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