LRU Roundtable: Jets @ Bills Preview and Prediction

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Locker Room Update New York Jets writers Robert Melofchik and Christa Levitas present the Jets @ Bills roundtable for Week 12. Due to snow storm in Buffalo, the game will be played in Detroit.

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Injury Report:

Bills: OUT: DE Jairus Wynn (Knee).
QUESTIONABLE: RB Fred Jackson (Groin); CB Ron Brooks (Groin).
PROBABLE: K Dan Carpenter (Groin); Manny Lawson (Ankle); Kyle Orton (Toe); Kraig Urbik (Shoulder); Chris Hogan (Hip); Frank Summers (Neck); WR Marquise Goodwin (Ankle); WR Sammy Watkins (Groin).

Jets: PROBABLE: S Jaiquawn Jarrett (Calf); CB Darrin Walls (Calf); OL Oday Aboushi (Shoulder); LB Antwan Barnes (Knee); G Willie Colon (Knee); WR T.J. Graham (Neck); LB David Harris (Shoulder); RB Chris Ivory (Shoulder); RB Chris Johnson (Knee); C Nick Mangold (Shoulder); OLB Trevor Reilly (Knee); WR Greg Salas (Wrist); QB Geno Smith (Rt. Shoulder).

Offense:

3 Keys to Attacking the Bills Defense:

Christa Levitas: 1. The Jets offensive line have to block and protect Michael Vick. The Bills have a great pass rush and a lot of talented players on defense. These are players are known for easily getting pressure and sacking the quarterback. 2. The Jets cannot afford to turnover the ball. Last time turnovers hurt the Jets. Vick has to hold onto to the ball. 3. Ground and pound. Jets should take advantage of their great rushing offense and use Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson, and Bilal Powell to gain more yardage.

Robert Melofchik: Feature Percy Harvin on deep balls, and that will open up the offense. By stretching the field, it forces the safety out of box. This, in turn, will give the running game big yards. Expect Eric Decker to have a good day when Harvin is on the field.

What Jets offensive player is set to have a big day?

Christa Levitas: Mike Vick

Robert Melofchik: Mike Vick

Bills Defense Report:

Christa Levitas: The Bills have a talented defense that consists of a defensive line that is able to sack and get pressure on the quarterback. First, Mario Williams the former pro bowler who currently has 10 sacks this season. Another impact player to look out for is Marcell Dareus who also currently has 10 sacks this season. Also, another key playmaker on the Bills defense is Kyle Williams who had a successful year last year and also another playmaker that is able to get to the quarterback.

3 Keys to Stopping the Bills Offense:

Christa Levitas: 1. Jets need to find a way to cover Sammy Watkins. Last time when the Jets played the Bills, Watkins had one of his best games. The biggest challenge for the Jets defense will be to cover Watkins. The secondary have to block and prevent Watkins from gaining major yardage.2. Get pressure on Kyle Orton. Jets have to find a way to get to sack and get pressure on the quarterback. He has a lot of weapons to work with and the Jets defense cannot allow him to get comfortable in the pocket.3. Jets have to get turnovers. Last games the Jaiquawn Jarrett was able to get turnover against the Pittsburg Steelers. Since Orton has a lot of weapons to work with he will most likely pass more. Jets have to create and get turnovers.

Robert Melofchik:  Kyle Orton, the Bills quarterback, likes to stay in the pocket. The Bills have a few injuries on the offense line. The Jets’ strength is their defensive line, and it has to win the battle in the trenches; push Orton out of the pocket. Bump rookie WR Sammy Watkins to throw him off his routes.

What Jets defensive player will make largest impact:

Christa Levitas: David Harris

Robert Melofchik: Sheldon Richardson

Bills Offense Report: 

Christa Levitas: The Bills run game will improve with Fred Jackson who is expected to play against the Jets. First, the playmaker on the Bills offense is Sammy Watkins who was the Bills first round pick. Watkins had one of his best games against the Jets. He is a speedster type wide receiver that is able to use his speed to burn defenders. Another playmaker on offense is Bills tight end Scott Chandler, who is averaging at 11.8 yards per carry.

Robert Melofchik:  The Bills offensive line and running back are a bit banged up. They benched their first round quarterback from a year ago. Kyle Orton is their quarterback for the remainder of the season. They have a solid wide receiver unit, led by Sammy Watkins.

Prediction:

Christa Levitas: Jets 23-14 

Robert Melofchik: Jets 31-21

Let us know what you think!