Here are five things to know about the New York Jets (3-5, last in AFC East) ahead of their Thursday night game with the Bills:
1. Last game: The Jets led the Falcons at halftime but dropped a 25-20 decision to fall to the bottom of an unexpectedly tight division. Their special teams play wasn't strong, with Chandler Catanzaro missing two field goals in a five-point loss and Jeremy Kerley dropping a fourth-quarter punt that set the Falcons up for an insurance field goal. Jets quarterback Josh McCown had strong numbers, completing 26 of 33 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns, but the team gained only 43 yards on the ground. Matt Ryan lost two fumbles but threw for 254 yards and two scores while doing enough to get the Falcons back over .500.
2. So much for that Tank Bowl: Buffalo may have known the Bills weren't tanking this season, but that didn't stop New York outlets from referring to the Bills-Jets Week One matchup as the Tank Bowl. So much for that. The Bills are 5-2 and right on the heels of the Patriots, who can't seem to figure out their defense but still have Tom Brady. The Jets have lost three straight but played the Patriots for first place in the division in Week Six while the Bills were on the bye. They own wins over the Dolphins (4-3), Jaguars (4-3) and Browns (0-8). They may not be a playoff team, but they're certainly not as bad as anyone expected. However ...
3. Keep chugging: The Bills are halfway to the 10 wins it will likely take to qualify for the playoffs. In a topsy-turvy league this year, the Jets look like one of the most beatable remaining opponents, save for the Colts. This is another win they need to bank on the road to the postseason. The Bills are 4-0 at home so far, but falling to 1-3 on the road would be a bad look. And if they want to keep showing that they're not the Same Old BillsTM, going to 6-2 would be another step: They haven't logged six wins in their first eight games since starting 7-1 in 1993.
4. Robby Anderson emerging: The addition of receiver Jermaine Kearse from the Seahawks has helped the Jets passing game, and his presence seems to have especially helped benefit fellow wideout Robby Anderson, who may be seeing softer coverage as a result. Anderson leads the the team with 435 receiving yards and is coming off a career-best 104 yards against the Falcons. He and Kearse, along with Jeremy Kerley, form an underrated receiving cast that could pose a threat to an injured Bills secondary.
5. Austin Seferian-Jenkins plays this time: Tight end Seferian-Jenkins was suspended for the first Bills-Jets game this year, but he has come on strong and is one of McCown's top red zone targets. Seferian-Jenkins has three touchdowns in his six games with the team, from 2, 1 and 10 yards out. He's difficult to cover at 6-6, 262 pounds and is a former second-round pick.