Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 8:25 PM ET | MetLife Stadium | Referee: Jerome Boger
Week 9 begins on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NFLN) with a battle of AFC East rivals as the New York Jets welcome the Buffalo Bills to MetLife Stadium. The Bills and Jets will meet for the 115th time (including the postseason), with the Bills holding a 61-53 advantage. Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor passed for two touchdowns and safety Jordan Poyer recorded a sack and an interception in the Bills’ 21-12 victory over the Jets on Kickoff Weekend.
Buffalo enters Week 9 following a 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 151 yards with a touchdown last week and has eight games with at least 150 rushing yards since 2013, the most in the NFL over that span. Bills safety Micah Hyde leads the league with five interceptions this season and has 13 interceptions since 2014, tied for the fourth-most among NFL safeties. The Jets look to rebound following a 25-20 loss to Atlanta in Week 8. New York quarterback Josh McCown completed 26 of 33 passes (78.8 percent) for 257 yards with two touchdowns for a 119.3 passer rating last week and is the only quarterback in franchise history with multiple touchdown passes and a 60+ completion percentage in four consecutive games. Jets linebacker Demario Davis had 14 tackles in the last meeting and is the only NFL player with at least 60 tackles (67) and two sacks (2.5) in 2017.
|BUFFALO BILLS||NEW YORK JETS|
|LAST WEEK||W 34-14 vs. Oakland||L 25-20 vs. Atlanta|
|COACH VS. OPP.||Sean McDermott: 1-0||Todd Bowles: 3-3|
|PASSING||Tyrod Taylor: 125-196-1343-8-2-93.1||Josh McCown: 179-254-1840-12-7-95.3|
|RUSHING||LeSean McCoy: 137-521-3.8-3||Bilal Powell: 74-316-4.3-2|
|RECEIVING||LeSean McCoy (RB): 38-242-6.4-0||Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE): 31-201-6.5-3|
|SACKS||Jerry Hughes: 3||Demario Davis: 2.5|
|INTs||Micah Hyde: 5||Terrence Brooks, Marcus Maye (R): 2|
|TAKE/GIVE||+14 (17/3)||-1 (13/14)|
|PUNTING (NET)||Colton Schmidt: 46.0 (40.9)||Lachlan Edwards: 47.6 (42.5)|
|KICKING||Stephen Hauschka: 63 (15/15 PAT; 16/18 FG)||Chandler Catanzaro: 55 (16/16 PAT; 13/17 FG)|
LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 60-53
LAST GAME: 9/10/17: Jets 12 at Bills 21
STREAKS: Jets have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/1/17: Jets 30, Bills 10
ON THE AIRWAVES
TV: NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter), Jay Feely (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (Buf), 83 (NYJ) | XM: 88 (WW1), 81 (Buf), 83 (NYJ)
QB Tyrod Taylor completed 20 of 27 (74.1 pct.) with TD pass & rush TD last week. Has 95+ rating in 4 of past 5. In past 2 meetings, has 521 pass yards (260.5 per game) with 5 TD passes vs. 2 INTs for 102.7 rating.
RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 151 yards with TD in Week 8. Has 8 games with 150+ rush yards since 2013, most in NFL. Had 159 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 49 rec.) in last meeting. Has 521 scrimmage yards (104.2 per game) with 3 rush TDs in 5 career meetings. Has 100+ rush yards in 3 of past 5 vs. NYJ. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB Mike Tolbert aims for 4th meeting in row with rush TD.
WR Andre Holmes had TD catch last week. Has 3 TDs in past 2 games vs. NYJ. Leads team with 3 TD catches. WR Zay Jones is 1 of 5 rookie WRs with 10+ catches (10) & 100+ rec. yards (115) in 2017. WR Jordan Matthews has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games on Thursday.
S Micah Hyde has 4 INTs in past 4. Leads NFL with 5 INTs. Had INT in last meeting. Since 2014, ties for 4th among NFL safeties with 13 INTs. LB Preston Brown has 13+ tackles in 2 of past 3 meetings. S Jordan Poyer had sack & INT in last game vs. NYJ. LB Lorenzo Alexander has sack in 2 of past 3 meetings. S Trae Elston led team with career-high 11 tackles & had INT last week. Rookie CB Tre’davious White leads NFL with 12 PD. Has 5 PD in past 3 on road. Rookie LB Matt Milano had 40-yard FR-TD in Week 8.
QB Josh McCown completed 26 of 33 (78.8 pct.) for 257 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.3 rating in Week 8. Is only QB in Jets history with 2+ TD passes & 60+ comp. pct. in 4 consecutive games. Has 100+ rating in 5 of past 7. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 70.5 comp. pct. In past 3 vs. division, has passed for 812 yards (270.7 per game) with 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 101.4 rating.
RB Bilal Powell has 176 scrimmage yards (88 per game) with TD catch in past 2 meetings. In past 3 home games vs. Buf., has 299 rush yards (99.7 per game) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.). RB Matt Forté has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 meetings. Is 1 of 5 players in NFL history with 9,500+ rush yards (9,579), 50+ rush TDs (52) & 20+ TD catches (20).
WR Robby Anderson had career-high 104 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. division. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 31 catches since Week 3, 2nd most among NFL TEs. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD vs. division.
DE Muhammad Wilkerson had sack in Week 8. In past 4 home meetings, has 5.5 sacks & FF. LB Demario Davis had 14 tackles in last game vs. Buf. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with 10+ tackles. Is only NFL player with 60+ tackles (67) & 2+ sacks (2.5) in 2017. LB Darron Lee had sack in last meeting.