Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets | Betting Tip (08-09-2019)
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets for NFL. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
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|Bills +130; Jets -150 by|
Buffalo Bills – New York Jets | Prediction, Odds & Tips
The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills are both coming off disappointing seasons in 2018 and come into the new season full of hope for a better campaign—as they should. Both started rookie quarterbacks last season, and while they struggled like rookie QBs are prone to do, they got better as the season went on.
So, as the 2019 season gets underway, both are going to be looking to see their second-year quarterbacks flourish. But will either do so enough to lead their team to a win in Week One?
Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets Preview
The Bills and Jets both know that they are playing for a wildcard berth before the season even starts. New England has owned the AFC East for years, and there is no reason to think this season is going to be any different.
That means, for them, that every win means a little bit more. Of course, to get one against a division rival to start the season would be a great way to start the season.
For the Bills to get off on the right foot this season, they are going to need the defense to pick up where it left off last season. While the offense struggled in 2018, the defense was one of the best units in the league. They were the second most efficient unit in the league and ranked 14th against the run and second against the pass.
Last season, they recorded 36 sacks, but with rookie defensive lineman Ed Oliver added to the line, the team is hoping to see that number rise. But all the pressure will not matter much if Josh Allen can’t get the offense moving. They improved his offensive line and added some more weapons to the offense, so there is a reason for optimism.
As for the Jets, they are going to need to keep Sam Darnold off the ground. But Pro Football Focus ranks the Jets offensive line entering the season as just the 28th best unit in the NFL. However, with the addition of former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell to the backfield, defenses will not be able to just pin their ears back and go after Darnold.
Buffalo Bills News
Buffalo’s defense was already in good shape before the draft. But the team went ahead and made it better with the selection of defensive lineman Ed Oliver. But the team was not oblivious to the many issues they had on offense last season.
Josh Allen’s numbers were not great, but he was always on the run, rarely had time to set and throw, and didn’t have much at the skill positions to work with. So, the team upgraded just about everything. The offensive line will have four new starters and is projected to be the 19th best unit entering the season (by PFF.com).
Picking up Cole Beasley from the Cowboys will give him a solid slot receiver he can count on. LeSean McCoy has been let go, but the run game will be in good shape with Frank Gore and promising rookie Devin Singletary in the backfield.
The Bills made a lot of changes in the offseason. If the offense can catch up with the level of play by the defense, the Bills could surprise people this season.
New York Jets News
Like the Bills, the Jets were intent on improving their roster after a down year last season—and they did. Sam Darnold will now have one of the best running backs in the NFL in the backfield with him, former Steelers superstar Le’ Veon Bell.
Ty Montgomery should help keep Bell from getting overworked, and Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy should be good additions to the wide receiver room. But the Jets did not do much for their offensive line, so Darnold may be hitting Bell in the flats with a lot of passes to avoid getting clobbered.
They did add offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele from the Raiders. However, while he is a good blocker when healthy, he often has injury issues.
Defensively, the front seven got better with the addition of former Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley and rookie first-round pick Quinnen Williams. In the secondary, they have a good pair of safeties, but they are hurting at cornerback. Unless they pick someone up, their best hope will be for Trumaine Johnson to have a bounce-back year.
Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets Head-to-Head
The Bills and Jets have a long history having played 117 games against each other during the regular season and including one postseason game. Of those 117 contests, the Bills won 62 while the Jets won just 55. For the last two seasons, they have each won one game but on the other team’s field.
Buffalo has beaten the Jets in seven of their last 11 meetings.
Odds and Predictions
Neither team is going to be great this season, but both should be better. Josh Allen should be a better passer this year since he’ll finally get some blocking and some better players to work with. Sam Darnold’s blocking may not be any better, but his skill position guys are going to be much better.
Most of the attention has been on the quarterbacks in this game. But the contest is going to be decided by the defense—and Buffalo’s is the better of the two. It will be a low scoring game, but one that Buffalo comes out on top of in the end.
Take Buffalo to win (+130), straight up and against the spread (+2.5). As for the over/under (41)—both offenses will be better, but the defenses will control the game. Take the under.
Those who have faith in the offense of both teams may want to take the over at Bet365 (40.5).
Our Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets Betting Tip:
The Bills have improved much more than the Jets over the offseason. They didn’t get a home run hitter like Le’Veon Bell, but overall, they are the better squad. Take Buffalo to win.