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Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Jets at Bills

Matchup watch

Bills DL vs. Jets OL

The best aspect of the Jets offense is the running back tandem of Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. Can those two get going behind an offensive line that is not athletic? New York figures to run a lot of inside zone plays. New center Wesley Johnson doesn't have the power at the point of attack that departed Nick Mangold had. He's a good matchup for Marcell Dareus. The guards (James Carpenter and Brian Winters) aren't bad. But new right tackle Brandon Shell had trouble with the speed of Jason Pierre-Paul in preseason. And left tackle Kelvin Beachum, a former seventh-round pick, had issues with the Giants' speed, too. Jerry Hughes should be effective.

Bills CBs vs. Jets WRs

It should be a nice way for the Bills' new secondary to ease into the season. The Jets jettisoned veterans Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Quincy Enunwa, slated to be the No. 1 receiver, went out for the year with a neck injury on Aug. 7. Jermaine Kearse, a No. 3 WR in Seattle, was added in the Sheldon Richardson trade and has had barely a week to get acclimated. He starts with Robby Anderson, who is the fastest Jet with a 4.36 40 time. Anderson, undrafted last year out of Temple, so far is a one-dimensional, go-route threat. He caught 42 passes last year. No. 3 is rookie ArDarius Stewart, a third-round pick out of Alabama.

Tyrod Taylor vs. Josh McCown

The Bills face a string of elite QBs this season, meaning they won't bring the better QB to the game most weeks. This is one matchup where Buffalo has the QB edge. Nothing says "we're tanking" like starting the season with a 38-year-old who is 2-20 in his last 22 starts. Give McCown credit for sticking around so long. This is his 10th NFL team. He went 8-5 for Chicago in 2013. McCown still can move a bit, and the Jets will move the pocket to try to counter the pass rush. McCown still has enough arm strength to threaten the Bills deep, although his deep accuracy isn't in the Carson Palmer (or Tyrod Taylor) class.

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