JETS VS. BILLS
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.
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.