Jets vs. Bills: 3 storylines to watch
1. Sorry Ms. Jackson, he is for real
Earlier this week, a report came out that the wife of Bills running back Fred Jackson didn’t draft her husband until the fifth round of her fantasy draft, because she didn’t know what type of year he was in for.
It is shaping up to be a career year for him. He is fourth in the AFC with 721 rushing yards and adds plenty to the team with receptions and good blocking in the backfield.
“He continues to amaze me. He’s got all three aspects of the game. He can run it, he can catch it and he can block,” Bills head coach Chan Gailey said.
2. He is a real Harvard man
It was widely known that Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was a cerebral quarterback. He wowed scouts and management types seven years ago before the NFL draft with his intellect and Wonderlic scores, but no one knew if his play in the Ivy League could translate to Sundays.
He’s had plenty of rough patches, but Fitzpatrick would hold onto the starting job. This season, he has 1,739 passing yards including 14 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.
3. Watch out for the bye effect
Now in his third year with the team, head coach Rex Ryan has never won after a bye with the Jets, including a 9-0 clunker in Week 8 last year against Green Bay.
For whatever reason, Ryan hasn’t found the formula for success after a bye week and he offered no specifics this week though the Jets did practice in pads on Wednesday to get the blood flowing again after the layoff.