BILLS (5-2) VS. JETS (3-5)

THURS­DAY, 8:25 P.M. ET, METLIFE STA­DIUM, EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. TV: NFL NET­WORK

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - LEADING OFF - Scott Pi­to­niak

An­nounc­ers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolf­son, Jay Feely

About the Bills: Another week, another vic­tory fu­eled by take­aways and un­sung heroes. De­spite field­ing four new starters on de­fense, the Bills in­ter­cepted two passes and re­cov­ered two fum­bles in a 34-14 thrash­ing of the Oak­land Raiders. CB Leonard John­son, play­ing in place of in­jured starter E.J. Gaines, caused one of the fum­bles, which was re­turned 40 yards for a touch­down by rookie LB Matt

Mi­lano, who was play­ing in place of in­jured starter Ra­mon Hum­ber. FS Trae El­ston, play­ing in place of in­jured starter Jor­dan

Poyer, recorded a team-lead­ing 11 tack­les and had an in­ter­cep­tion. SS Micah Hyde had his NFL-lead­ing fifth in­ter­cep­tion. RB LeSean

McCoy had his best game of the sea­son, rush­ing for 151 yards and catching six passes for 22 yards. His 48-yard touch­down run put an ex­cla­ma­tion point on a vic­tory that gave the Bills a 4-0 record at home.

About the Jets: If games were 45, rather than 60 min­utes long, the Jets might be 6-2. For the third con­sec­u­tive week, they failed to pro­tect a lead head­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter, los­ing 25-20 to the At­lanta Fal­cons. The two pre­vi­ous weeks, they squan­dered 14-point leads. This time, de­spite a week’s worth of prac­tices in which head coach oach Todd

Bowles harped in­ces­santly on the need to close out games, they gave up a one-point lead. The Jets opened the quar­ter vs. At­lanta by giv­ing up a sack, miss­ing a field goal and yield­ing a 52-yard run that set up a touch­down on three con­sec­u­tive plays. Mid­way through the quar­ter, nor­mally sure-handed PR Jeremy

Ker­ley muffed a punt at his 13-yard line to set up a Fal­cons field goal. The Jets have been

outscored 76-20 in the fourth quar­ter this sea­son.

Matchup to watch: Bills CB Tre’-Davi­ous White vs. Jets WR Robby An­der

son. Buf­falo’s 2017 first-round pick had a solid out­ing, help­ing Buf­falo limit Amari Cooper to five catches on 10 tar­gets for 48 yards and no touch­downs a week af­ter the Raiders re­ceiver had 210 yards and two scores vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. An­der­son is com­ing off the best game of his two-year NFL ca­reer with six re­cep­tions for 104 yards and a score. He has eight re­cep­tions of 20 yards or longer.

Player to watch: McCoy. Af­ter a rough four-game stretch, in which he was av­er­ag­ing fewer than three yards per carry, McCoy got un­tracked with 173 yards on a sea­son-high 33 touches. He’s rushed for 242 yards and added 53 re­ceiv­ing yards the past two games.

Num­ber crunch­ing: 13. Num­ber of turnovers the Bills have forced the last four games. They have at least three take­aways in in four con­sec­u­tive games for the first time since 2004-05.

KEYS TO THE GAME

1. Ground and pound: The Jets need to get their run game go­ing. They mus­tered 43 yards on 22 car­ries vs. At­lanta, mark­ing the third time this sea­son they’ve been held un­der 44 rush­ing yards in a game. RB Bi­lal Pow­ell (14 car­ries, 33 yards) and RB Matt Forte (4, 7) have to be more pro­duc­tive.

2. Keep win­ning turnover bat­tle: The Bills have given the ball away just three times, while mak­ing 11 in­ter­cep­tions and re­cov­er­ing six fum­bles, two of which were re­turned for touch­downs. 3. Real McCoy: The Bills run­ning back opened the sea­son with 159 yards on 27 touches in 21-12 vic­tory vs. the Jets. Look for another heavy work­load. 4. Like fine wine: Jets QB Josh McCown is off to one of the bet­ter starts of his 15-year ca­reer. His 70.5 com­ple­tion per­cent­age is 10 points above his ca­reer av­er­age and his 95.3 passer rat­ing is 15 points bet­ter than his av­er­age.

TI­MOTHY T. LUD­WIG, USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Bills’ LeSean McCoy

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