JETS VS. BILLS

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY MAN­ISH ME­HTA

PRO­TECT JOSH MCCOWN

McCown might have the spirit of a young man, but he’s still 39 in Earth years. His in­jury his­tory has been well doc­u­mented, so it’ll be in­cum­bent on the Jets of­fen­sive line­men, tight ends and run­ning backs to make sure the vet­eran doesn’t get hit too much. Don’t be fooled by the Bills’ 2-7 record, ei­ther. This is a qual­ity de­fense that made life hard for Tom Brady a cou­ple weeks ago.

Buf­falo ranks sixth in pres­sure rate (37.1 per­cent), ac­cord­ing to Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus. Sean McDer­mott’s de­fense gen­er­ated pres­sure on 10 of Mitchell Tru­bisky’s 21 drop backs (47.6 per­cent) last week. So, don’t ex­pect a cake­walk for McCown, who com­pleted 67.8 per­cent of his passes with 1 TD and 2 INTs in split­ting the se­ries with the Bills last sea­son.

The Jets have al­lowed a pres­sure on 36.2 per­cent of Sam Darnold’s drop backs (116 of 32). McCown isn’t nearly as mo­bile, so his team­mates will have to step up their pro­tec­tion.

GET TAKE­AWAYS

It’s been three games since Todd Bowles’ de­fense got a take­away. The only thing miss­ing from last week’s shut­down de­fen­sive per­for­mance in Mi­ami was a turnover.

Vet­eran jour­ney­man Matt Barkley, who has eight ca­reer TDs and 18 INTs, is ex­pected to start with rookie Josh Allen (el­bow) of­fi­cially out.

Turnover ma­chine Nathan Peter­man will back up Barkley.

MOVE THE FREAKIN’ FOOT­BALL

I know, I know. It’s eas­ier said than done, but Gang Green’s of­fense has been stuck in neu­tral dur­ing this three-game los­ing streak. The Jets haven’t even got­ten into the red zone the past cou­ple weeks, for Pete’s sake. Jeremy Bates’ unit has av­er­aged just 11 points in the past three games. The Jets have scored just one touch­down in their last 27 drives. That’s un­ac­cept­able… un­less Peter­man is your quar­ter­back. Then, we might un­der­stand.

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