Bills vs. Jets: Run and RevisNovember 5th, 2011 at 5:56 pm by Paul Peck under 4 Warn Weather
A couple of key points about Sunday’s Bills-Jets game popped into my head. Both are major factors for the game, and topics that have been discussed through the week.
Darrelle Revis: I think he is the best cornerback in the NFL, but I think the Bills are uniquely suited to neutralize his effect. Revis will likely spend a lot of time on Stevie Johnson, and that should reduce what the Bills get from their top WR. But there may not be another team that can overcome that better than the Bills. That’s because all season long, the Bills passing game hasn’t been about one guy or a top receiver. While Johnson is good, is not a dominating #1 receiver like a Larry Fitzgerald or Calvin Johnson. So even if he’s “taken out” by Revis, it won’t cripple the Buffalo passing game. Fizpatrick will just look for Jones, Chandler, Spiller, Roosevelt, Nelson or Jackson. You watch. Those guys will more than account for the production the Bills would normally get from Stevie. So as good as Revis is, his ability to take out Johnson won’t handcuff the passing game.
Jets Run Game: There’s been a lot of talk about how the Jets ran over the Bills last season. They did, but they are not the same offense. LaDainian Tomlinson is averaging less than 5 carries per game. Shon Greene has not been very effective, and the Jets rushing game is only 28th in the NFL. They don’t have Brad Smith, who ripped off some big runs last year. Plus, the Buffalo offense should not allow NY to have the big lead they need to pound the ball. That’s a big reason why they had such big totals. If the Bills score some points, and keep this game close, the Jets won’t be able to hand off every play in the second half and pad those totals.
So these two factors, while key points in figuring this game, may not be the huge reasons why the Bills don’t win. They may even be the reason why the Bills DO win.