1 Will the Jets return to the ground game?
Rex Ryan talked all week about the Jets wanting to keep their identity as a running team. Lost amid consecutive three-touchdown passing performances by Mark Sanchez is the fact the Jets gained 146 yards on the ground in a win over Miami.
“I’d much rather ground and pound than throw it all the time, but we’re going to win no matter what it takes,” Ryan said. “We expect to throw the ball more this year. We just don’t want to have to do it out of necessity.”
2 Can Ryan Fitzpatrick pull a Chad Henne?
The Jets gave up 363 yards to Miami’s Chad Henne, who didn’t even throw for 300 combined through the first two games. The secondary, which is once again without Darrelle Revis on Sunday, must work out their miscommunication.
“I know it’s a communication problem. I never recognized some of those coverages out there,” Ryan joked.
Drew Coleman, who had the game-clinching pick last week, shared first team snaps with rookie Kyle Wilson this week and could be a starter here.
3 Jets are road favorites, is it a trap game?
With a big Monday night home game looming next week, the Jets could easily overlook the Bills.
“I actually haven’t heard one person say that this was a ‘trap game,’” tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson said. “This is another game and another chance to go out there and perform.”
The Bills offense came to life last week, and even though they lost, the running back stable led by C.J. Spiller could cause fits.
MatchupsJets’ backs vs. Bills’ front
Shonn Greene is off to a very slow start, but he faces a defense conceding 141 rushing yards per game. Even though Buffalo gets back starting MILB Paul Posluszny, this could be the ticket to getting Greene back on track.
» Edge: Jets
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Jets’ secondary
Last year at the Meadowlands, Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game following a Trent Edwards injury and orchestrated an improbable win. Fitzpatrick isn't going to beat you with arm strength, but the Harvard-educated quarterback is smart, efficient and could have time in the pocket.
» Edge: Even
Mark Sanchez vs. Bills’ secondary
Buffalo has some playmakers in the secondary and did shut down Aaron Rodgers for a full half. Even so, Sanchez’s confidence is at an all-time high.
» Edge: Jets