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#115 New York
Jets 38
#116 Buffalo
Bills -4

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 1:00pm

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The New York Jets are looking to get back on track against the Buffalo Bills in some NFC East action on Sunday afternoon.

Jets working through struggles

It has become another rebuilding year for the Jets having dropped nine out of their first 12 games of the season. This has put them out of the playoff picture while building toward the future through the last month of the regular season. There have been plenty of room for growth for the team on the field with none of the more evident offensively as they rank in the bottom tier in that in the league in several different categories. New York is currently 30th overall offensively and in passing along with being 19th in rushing and tied for 25th with 20.3 points per contest. It has been an utter struggle for them to put up a productive performance on a weekly basis.

What has made it more difficult has been the health of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who has missed the last three games due to a foot injury. This has prevented him from working through his struggles on the field as he has tallied 1,934 passing yards on a 55.0 percent completion rate along with 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions in nine games played. This has included four games with multiple interceptions. His last performance prior to the injury had a career-worst 14 interceptions in the 13-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins. There is still a chance he could play this week, but that may see Josh McCown get another spot start in the process. In the last three games, McCown has thrown for 539 yards on a 55.0 percent completion rate with one touchdown and three interceptions. Regardless of what direction the Jets go under center, it could be yet another long outing for them against the Jets.

Josh Allen working toward making strides

Like the Jets, the Bills have had their fair share of offensive struggles this season while also being one of the least productive teams in the league. Heading into Week 14 action, Buffalo is 31st in scoring at 14.8 points per contest, overall offense, and passing along with being 12th in rushing. This has also seen them work in rookie quarterback Josh Allen into the fold as he has had both his struggles throwing the ball and with his health. He has just recently returned from an elbow injury that forced him to be sidelined for over a month. In eight games played, Allen has passed for 1,223 yards on a 52.9 percent completion rate along with five touchdowns to seven interceptions while rushing for 389 yards and four touchdowns. Allen has shown room for growth, but his ability to use his legs has helped make him a strong asset in the running game over the course of the season.

Although the Bills fell 21-17 to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, Allen had a highly productive campaign completing 18-of-33 passes for 231 yards with a pair of touchdowns along with rushing for 135 yards on nine carries. He has a unique skill set with his strong arm and mobility that could become a factor against the Jets defense that has struggled ranking 23rd against run and 22nd in scoring with 25.6 points per contest allowed. Allen could have plenty of opportunities to use his dual ability to create plays to move the ball down the field and build off last week’s performance. It has been the type of season that Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy had envisioned currently at a career-low 478 rushing yards, but he has picked it up over the last few weeks rushing for 211 yards over the past three games. This should see Buffalo get back on track this week against a struggling Jets’ team that could see Allen put up a strong outing.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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This is a matchup between two teams on the rebuild, but the question marks around Darnold’s status for the contest makes it difficult to ride with the Jets. Meanwhile, Allen is coming off an encouraging outing that saw him use both his arm and legs effectively. This has the making for Buffalo to push ahead on the road against New York.

Prediction: Buffalo -3

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This contest features two teams that have struggled all year to put up points on the board. It makes hard to believe that will change when both square off on Sunday afternoon. What should also be noted is that the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between both teams in Buffalo.

Prediction: Under 38

Drew Donald

Drew Donald has been a lifelong sports fan that has been quite passionate about football, basketball, and baseball. He has spent much of every day keeping up with the latest trends and games across each sport in the country. Drew Donald has expertise in covering and analysis each sport behind his five years of experience as a sports writer for various websites.

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