Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Bills at Jets
Tyrod Taylor vs. the Jets' blitz
Jets coach Todd Bowles' defenses have ranked among the top three in the NFL in blitzing percentage four straight years, according to Football Outsiders. It looks like this year will make it five straight. The Jets blitzed 40.2 percent of drop-backs last year. They're blitzing 39.2 percent this year, according to Pro Football Focus. Bowles even blitzed Tom Brady an unheard-of 50 percent three weeks ago. In the opener, Bowles blitzed Tyrod Taylor on 12 of 34 drop-backs, according to News figures. Taylor was 5 of 9 with one TD, one INT and one sack against blitzes. Taylor needs to watch out for safety Jamal Adams (No. 33), who already has blitzed 39 times, tops among all safeties by PFF numbers.
LeSean McCoy vs. Jets OLBs
McCoy had a good day hitting outside zone runs against the Jets in the season opener. He rushed 22 times for 110 yards. The Bills pounded out 190 total rushing yards, the most allowed by the Jets in their last 35 games. It's not easy to run inside zone plays between the tackles on the Jets' three stout defensive linemen – Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon and Leonard Williams. The Jets will be geared up to stop the outside zone plays. Are outside linebackers Josh Martin and Jordan Jenkins up to the task? The Bills will have to be patient and trust that McCoy will hit some big runs if the offensive line keeps hammering away.
Bills WRs vs. Jets CBs
Can the Bills get a couple of big plays out of the passing game against a Jets cornerback corps that is banged up? One of these games, the flood of Bills takeaways is going to dry up. If the Bills don’t get takeaways and can't make a couple of pass plays downfield, then this figures to be a hard-fought, close game in the fourth quarter. In the past three weeks, the Jets have blown 14-point second-half leads to the Patriots and Dolphins and played Atlanta tough. The Jets' best cornerback, Morris Claiborne, is expected to be out with a foot injury. The Bills need to hit some plays on his replacement, Darryl Roberts.