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What they're saying: Bills-Jets game predictions


By Elliot Harrison

Buffalo Bills 28, New York Jets 20

Pride, and in the name of love -- that's what these two teams are playing for. Neither club, I'm sure, wants to head into the offseason with heads down. The future of both coaches in this game is uncertain. After Rex Ryan was dismissed this week, Anthony Lynn was tabbed to replace him as the interim boss. My colleague Ian Rapoport says the Bills are taking a serious gander at Lynn as a potential permanent replacement. Does that mean his players will compete their butts off for him? As for the Jets, do they have the aerial attack to win for embattled head coach Todd Bowles? The passing game, after being a strength last season and in the earlier meeting versus the Bills this year, has been an abomination. My guess is Shady McCoy goes off against a talented front that often just hasn't shown up for work in 2016. At least we know the Jets won't lose by 20 or more points, like they have five times already. Right? We do know that ... I think. #BUFvsNYJ

By Mike Florio

MDS's take: It's EJ Manuel vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick. Are you excited? I'm not, but I think the Bills can move the ball on the ground enough to win this one.

MDS's pick: Bills 20, Jets 17.

Florio's take: Even if the Jets don't try (again), they should beat a Buffalo franchise that suddenly is one of the NFL's most dysfunctional.

Florio's pick: Jets 24, Bills 16.

By Chris Simms

If you have a New Year's Day hangover, may I suggest another game?

EJ Manuel vs. "Ryan FitzTurnover" won't be a smooth ride. In fact, it might be the roughest quarterback matchup I've seen in a while. That's saying something.

Buffalo is the better team. Manuel is not perfect, but at least he has a good-to-great line in front of him and a resurgent Sammy Watkins. One or two big downfield throws should do the trick.

Prediction: Bills 27, Jets 21


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By David Steele

This is Anthony Lynn's head coaching debut as the interim following Rex Ryan's firing. EJ Manuel will be auditioning for his next job most likely. For the Jets, one last window for second-round pick Christian Hackenberg to make an in-game impression. Both rosters will probably be unrecognizable next year.

Bills, 33-17

By Peter Schrager

The Jets haven't exactly risen to the occasion and rallied for their head coach the past few weeks. Buffalo lost a bad one Saturday, but all eyes — front office, ownership, interim coach and potential incoming coaches, included — will be on them in this one. Whether it's EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor, J.P. Losman or Frank Reich under center for Buffalo, I don't see the Jets team I've seen the past four weeks (49ers victory, included) winning Sunday.

The pick: Bills 20, Jets 10

By Eric Eager

Prediction: Bills win by 3

Both of these teams had been playing for the future of their head coaches, as two playoff-less seasons had both Rex Ryan and Todd Bowles on the hot seat. The Bills pulled the trigger this week, ending the Rex Ryan era with a record of 31-32. They also benched their starting quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, who (presumably) ends his Bills career as a top-10 graded quarterback in the league. Speaking of quarterbacks, things are so bad in New York that Christian Hackenberg is set to dress for his first-career game Sunday (although Ryan Fitzpatrick is set to start). I (hopefully understandably) don't feel great about either side here.

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