BILLS-JETS MATCHUP WINNERS
Bills OL vs. the Big Ws
The Jets' two star defensive linemen – Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson – were mostly neutralized by the Bills' offensive linemen. Williams was the Jets' best defensive player last season and one of the top 10 interior defensive lineman in the NFL. He was kept out of the Bills' backfield. The sixth overall pick in 2015 had four tackles two quarterback hits. Cordy Glenn did a good job walling off Williams on the backside of LeSean McCoy's 27-yard run in the fourth quarter. Wilkerson, a first-round pick in 2011, had just two tackles and didn't get into the backfield. The Bills gained 4.5 yards a carry on 42 attempts and finished with 190 rushing yards, the most allowed by the Jets' defense in the last 28 games. The Jets' defensive front wasn't awful. But it needs to be outstanding-to-great in order to carry this cast of Jets' misfits.
Bills D-line vs. Jets O-line
The game was won in the trenches. Jets running back Matt Forte looked every bit of his 31 years of age, averaging just 2.7 yards on six carries. Plus, he dropped two first-down swing passes. Forte, who caught 102 passes in 2014, caught three vs. the Bills. He needs to be more of a factor in the passing game. But it's hard to pin the Jets' feeble running game on Forte and fellow running back Bilal Powell. Offensive line was expected to be a weakness of the Jets. The front five got no push against the Bills, which put quarterback Josh McCown in tough passing situations all day. New York gained just 14 yards on eight first-down runs. Asking McCown to drop back 40 times and hand off just 13 times may be a prescription for 0-16. Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams was a handful for all of New York's interior blockers.
Bills new DBs vs. Jets new DBs.
Both teams overhauled the defensive secondary in the offseason. The Bills got the edge in Week One. But both teams' new-look backfields showed promise. Buffalo got interceptions from both starting safeties, Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. Poyer was all over the field, making a sack, three tackles and two pass breakups. He closed fast to wrestle the ball away from Robby Anderson in the fourth quarter. But Jets rookie Jamal Adams made plays, too. He had two pass break-ups in the first half against Charles Clay. He shot into the backfield for a tackle of LeSean McCoy in the fourth quarter, and he generally showed good closing speed. Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White had two pass breakups and went stride for stride with speedy Anderson on several plays. The Jets need Morris Claiborne to be good. He drew one pass interference penalty for 24 yards.