NEW YORK, Sporting Alert – After losing their opening games on the NFL Week 1 schedule, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets enter Week 2 in search of their first victory of the season.
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When the two teams lockhorns at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Thursday Night Football, it will be the 111th regular-season meeting between them, with the Bills leading the series 59-51.
Buffalo (0-1) went down 13-7 against the Baltimore Ravens on the road over the weekend and was held to just 160 total yards by a very solid defensive performance from the home side.
Heading into the upcoming fixture, head coach Rex Ryan acknowledged that there is a need for an improvement.
“Tape doesn’t lie,” coach Rex Ryan told the New York Post on Monday.
“We really struggled and we clearly have to get better in a hurry … and, oh by the way, we’re playing against even a better defense (in the Jets).”
Tyrod Taylor connected with six of his teammates to finish with 15 of 22 on passes for 111 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown pass.
LeSean McCoy was the only scorer for the Bills in the Week 1 defeat, after he rushed for a short score in the second quarter.
Buffalo offensive coordinator Greg Roman took the blame for the team’s lousy performance on offense, an outing which was one of the club’s worst showings in recent years.
“I will definitely take the blame myself,” Roman said on Monday. “I think I can do a better job putting us in positions to be successful.”
He added: “We weren’t able to get into a rhythm and take those shots when we wanted to.
“We got a little bit disjointed. We have to stay on the field. When we do that, we’re pretty darn good.”
The Jets (0-1), in the meantime, were beaten 23-22 at home by the Cincinnati Bengals, with Mike Nugent stealing the game from the hosts on Sunday with a successful 47-yard field goal with 54 seconds left.
Ryan Fitzpatrick finished with 19 of 35 for 189 yards on passes and two touchdowns for New York, who were mostly hurt by having to settle for field-goal attempts rather than touchdowns.
After the defeat, the quarterback said: “We had our opportunities. We were winning in the fourth quarter and we just couldn’t shut the door.”
ESPN’s Football Power Index has given the Bills’ a 63.2% chance of beating the Jets on Thursday night, but the oddsmakers currently have the home side listed as 1.5-point favourites for the battle.