|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.6||1-2||1-2||14.7||5.7||249.3||(4.5)||3.0||17.0||6.7||269.3||(4.7)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||18.1||7.9||18.7||30:19||31-117||(3.8)||17-31||55.7%||180||(5.9)||61-297||(4.9)||(16.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.1||10.8||20||30:26||27-114||(4.2)||21-35||60.1%||231||(6.6)||62-345||(5.5)||(15.6)|
|Offense Road Games||17.1||6.6||18.3||30:19||32-115||(3.6)||16-30||54.1%||172||(5.8)||61-287||(4.7)||(16.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||23.1||11.9||18.5||30:47||31-135||(4.4)||17-31||54.2%||187||(6)||62-323||(5.2)||(13.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.8||11.7||19.9||30:29||28-118||(4.2)||21-35||60.2%||224||(6.5)||62-342||(5.5)||(15)|
|Defense Road Games||20.1||10.0||19.0||32:02||31-137||(4.4)||19-34||57.1%||195||(5.7)||65-332||(5.1)||(16.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||1.1||2.3||-0.9||13-5||36.5%||1-0||53.8%||3-82||(27.2)||2-16||(10.3)||5-44|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||2||13-5||37.6%||1-0||48.5%||3-66||(24)||23-2||(9.9)||6-55|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.1||1.0||2.1||-0.7||14-5||37.9%||0-0||33.3%||2-66||(27.4)||2-19||(7.8)||5-46|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.7||1.5|| ||14-5||36.5%||1-1||78.6%||3-72||(21.5)||2-25||(12.1)||7-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||38.1%||1-0||49.5%||3-63||(23.6)||23-2||(10.1)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.6||0.9||1.4|| ||16-6||37.6%||1-1||77.8%||4-94||(24.3)||2-19||(8.7)||9-65|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3.5||0-3||1-2||13.0||8.7||331.7||(5.5)||3.0||29.7||15.0||350.7||(5.8)||0.3|
|Offense (All Games)||21.1||11.9||19.0||30:21||27-141||(5.1)||20-32||61.2%||203||(6.3)||60-344||(5.7)||(16.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.2||11||20||31:50||28-118||(4.2)||21-35||60.2%||232||(6.6)||63-350||(5.6)||(15.8)|
|Offense Home Games||27.0||16.2||18.5||31:37||31-146||(4.8)||18-28||64.7%||204||(7.2)||59-351||(5.9)||(13)|
|Defense (All Games)||28.4||13.0||22.0||29:54||29-147||(5.1)||19-33||57.6%||218||(6.5)||62-365||(5.9)||(12.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22||10.9||19.8||30:09||28-120||(4.2)||20-34||59.2%||219||(6.4)||62-339||(5.4)||(15.4)|
|Defense Home Games||25.2||7.5||22.2||28:23||27-130||(4.9)||20-36||53.9%||219||(6)||63-349||(5.5)||(13.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||1.1||2.2||-0.9||12-5||38.3%||0-0||57.1%||3-69||(27.1)||2-30||(17.1)||7-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.6||2||13-5||37.0%||1-0||50.8%||3-63||(23.7)||22-2||(9.9)||6-56|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.2||0.8||2.0||-0.2||12-5||40.0%||0-0||0.0%||2-77||(33)||2-42||(19.4)||6-58|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.5||1.3|| ||13-6||44.3%||1-0||54.5%||3-71||(23.1)||2-34||(14.8)||5-43|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||36.8%||1-0||49.1%||3-65||(23.6)||24-2||(10.2)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.8||1.0||1.8|| ||13-5||38.2%||1-0||33.3%||4-91||(24.7)||2-25||(12.5)||4-38|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY JETS 20.5, BUFFALO 19.5|
|11/18/2012||@ ST LOUIS||27-13||W||3.5||W||39||O||41-124||16-21-165||0||20-114||23-44-167||3|
|12/30/2012||@ BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/11/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND||31-37||L||13.5||W||54||O||28-162||27-40-319||3||29-117||23-38-230||0|
|12/30/2012||NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NY JETS: 'Ground and pound' wasn't former OC Brian Schottenheimer's style. However, things will be different under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who preached power running recently in Miami and Dallas. It will be a change from the zone-blocking scheme the Jets ran under former offensive line coach Bill Callahan, so there could be growing pains. Expect a heavy dose of Shonn Greene, though Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight should see an uptick in playing time since Sparano typically has used a time-share backfield. The Jets will surely work in some single-wing-type sets for Tim Tebow, who should see an average of up to 10 reps per game. Sparano wants to run a lot of play-action and get the ball downfield. But while Mark Sanchez has the feet and athleticism to make the play-action part work, he's never been an accurate downfield passer. Santonio Holmes is by far their best receiver, but rookie Stephen Hill, who's expected to start, is a better fit in this scheme. TE Dustin Keller is Sanchez's safety blanket; he and slot man Jeremy Kerley would normally be his favorite targets, but in this offense they're likely to be secondary targets. With Plaxico Burress gone, the Jets are unlikely to throw in the red zone as often as they did last season. Say what you will about their antics and propensity to run their mouths, but the Jets defense continue to back up its talk. The one exception last year was the pass rush, where Gang Green is hoping rookie first-rounder Quinton Coples will help. If he does, it will allow David Harris to blitz less and commit to the run more often, which will improve a Jets rushing defense that was inconsistent at times in 2011. Darrelle Revis continues to be the best shutdown corner in the game, and the team is hoping that LaRon Landry will make an impact at the safety position after coming over from Washington. Landry's health is a question mark again as he's coming off a major Achilles injury and opted against surgery. |
|BUFFALO: The Bills are largely committed to zone blocking, going away from two-RB backfields and running effectively out of their three-WR base. They'll spread defenses out then use a lot of inside-zone plays, especially when Fred Jackson is healthy. If he's 100 percent, Jackson figures to take the majority of the snaps at running back over Spiller, who's used outside the tackles as more of an all-or-nothing runner. Both backs will be on the field at the same time in certain packages, with one of them (usually Spiller) in the slot. Buffalo's passing game is limited by Ryan Fitzpatrick's lack of arm strength, forcing the team to instead rely on spreading the field. His receivers are given freedom to run and adjust routes as they see fit, which puts a heavy emphasis on experience and chemistry with Fitzpatrick. Stevie Johnson is Fitzpatrick's security blanket, and the Bills run a lot of one-read slants off of that, with Johnson clearing and Jackson or Spiller crossing under him out of the slot. Fitzpatrick also likes to check down to tight end Scott Chandler over the middle. The Bills are one of the NFL's more pass-heavy red zone teams. Outside the five, they'll often spread it out with Fitzpatrick looking over the middle. David Nelson was most frequently targeted deep in opponent territory, leading the team in targets (11), catches (seven) and touchdowns (five) inside 10 yards. Johnson also has a big role, and Chandler is used in play-action. The Bills doled out a lot of money for OLB Mario Williams and DE Mark Anderson this offseason, and this duo should improve the team's pass rush significantly. Williams, in particular, should thrive playing the LDE position in his new 4-3 scheme in Buffalo. He's added some muscle to tip the scales closer to 300, which should result in fewer missed tackles in 2012. The presence of Williams and Anderson should allow 22-year-old Marcell Dareus to find more room to rush his 320-pound frame up the middle. Nick Barnett transitioned nicely to a 4-3 weakside linebacker, recording 10-plus total tackles six times last year. George Wilson stepped up as a run-stopper after the departure of Donte Whitner, and as a converted wide receiver he has excellent ball skills. He was on pace for 90 solo tackles before injuring his neck. Kelvin Sheppard is another good young talent in the box, and Jairus Byrd is a ball-hawking free safety to round out an improving secondary. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (NY JETS-BUFFALO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates throughout with Sanchez starting, McElroy concussed)
*Jets-Bills Preview* ====================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
The New York Jets' season appears to be ending much the way it began - fit for a three-ring circus.
Mark Sanchez will be back under center to try to help New York cap its chaotic year on a positive note Sunday when it travels to Buffalo to play the Bills, whose quarterback and coaching situations are also in a state of unrest.
Sunday could prove to be the final game with coach Rex Ryan, Sanchez and Tim Tebow still part of the Jets. Ryan's contract runs through 2014 by way of an extension granted after he led New York to the first of two straight AFC championship game appearances in his first season.
The Jets' 6-9 record after Sunday's 27-17 loss to San Diego guarantees them their first losing season in Ryan's four years and their second straight out of the postseason, leading some to believe he could be let go.
That's what many figure will happen to Sanchez, who is guaranteed $8.25 million next season and was benched in favor of Greg McElroy before the loss to the Chargers. But Ryan revealed Thursday that Sanchez would start the season finale due to a concussion McElroy sustained while being sacked 11 times against San Diego.
The return to Sanchez, naturally, leads to the question of why Ryan wouldn't turn to Tebow. Ryan says he chose to start Sanchez because the team has just two practices and a walkthrough to prepare before the game and he feels "more comfortable" with Sanchez.
It's uncertain what terms Ryan and Tebow are on after a report surfaced that said Tebow asked to not be utilized in the team's wildcat package after being informed he would back up McElroy in Week 16. Ryan earlier said it was his decision to use receiver Jeremy Kerley in wildcat situations.
"I never said, `Hey, I don't want to do anything or I won't do anything,"' said Tebow, who has attempted eight passes and run 32 times in limited use during 11 games but didn't play Sunday.
"That wasn't the talk at all. He (Ryan) knows that, and everybody on this team knows that. I'd never not do something if I was asked, and I think that's what's disappointing about the whole situation, people saying, `You quit,' or, `You didn't do this.' It was not it at all."
It's hard to believe Sanchez, Tebow or anyone else would be eager to line up under center after New York's offensive line surrendered double-digit sacks for the first time since David Norrie went down 11 times Oct. 4, 1987.
While Ryan's return is uncertain, the writing seems to be on the wall for Chan Gailey, who has led the Bills to a 5-10 record in his third season, marking Buffalo's fourth straight with at least 10 losses.
The Bills have lost seven of nine after Sunday's 24-10 defeat at Miami, which dropped Gailey's record with Buffalo to 15-32. He has not been one for discussing his job security.
"I'm not into that right now," said Gailey, who is under contract for 2013. "I'm into 'let's beat the Jets and finish this thing the way it needs to be finished.'"
Buffalo's offense continues to sputter, putting the focus on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's struggles even more. The Bills have scored 13 offensive touchdowns over their last eight games. Fitzpatrick has eight TDs and seven interceptions over that span.
General manager Buddy Nix has said on several occasions that he's interested in drafting a quarterback next April, but for now, Fitzpatrick remains the team's starter.
"I'd be lying if I said it didn't wear on me a little bit," Fitzpatrick said on his weekly show on Buffalo's WGR-Radio. "We haven't met (the expectations). And I haven't met them. And so it's been disappointing. But that stuff doesn't affect the way that I Sunday."
Fitzpatrick will have to make due without tight end Scott Chandler on Sunday. The Bills put Chandler, whose six receiving touchdowns are tied for the team lead, on injured reserve Monday after he tore a left knee ligament against Miami.
C.J. Spiller remains one of the few highlights of Buffalo's dismal season. Spiller has run for 241 yards and a touchdown on 39 carries (6.2 yards per carry) in two games since Fred Jackson suffered a season-ending injury.
He will go against a Jets front that could be without Muhammad Wilkerson. The rookie defensive lineman suffered a concussion and an injured knee against San Diego. Wilkerson, who has 85 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles, didn't practice on Wednesday and his status for Sunday is uncertain.
Sanchez threw for 266 yards and three TDs in the Jets' season-opening 48-28 win against the Bills, their eighth victory in the last nine meetings. New York has won four straight in Buffalo.
|Last Updated: 12/9/2016 1:16:46 PM EST|