New York Jets (0-1) at Buffalo (0-1), 8:25 p.m. Thursday on CBS, Twitter and NFLN. It’s a pair of AFC East rivals from the Empire State that start week two action in the National Football League as the New York Jets travel to upstate New York to face off against the Buffalo Bills and their former head coach, Rex Ryan.

Following an exciting opening weekend, Week 2 begins on Thursday night with Buffalo and New York squaring off at 8:25 p.m. in an AFC East divisional matchup. The Bills and Jets both look to rebound from losses on Kickoff Weekend. The clubs have split the past 20 games in the series, each claiming 10 wins. The game marks the first of 10 Thursday Night Football games for which the NFL will use a “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Twitter). CBS and NBC will each broadcast five Thursday Night Football games which will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to a global audience across devices for free on Twitter.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has 13 pass TDs in past 5 division games (2+ TDs in all 5) and RB Matt Forte had 169 scrimmage yards (87 receiving, 82 rush) in last game vs. the Bills, when he did it as a member of the Chicago Bears on September 7 of 2014. He did reasonably well in his debut with the Jets, tallying 155 yards from scrimmage (96 rush, 59 receiving).

Buffalo is aiming for their fifth win at home in upstate New York. QB Tyrod Taylor has won both career starts against their AFC East rivals has has 86.9 rating, winning his past four starts at home with 109.3 rating & 6 total TDs (4 pass, 2 rush), while RB Le Sean McCoy has 100+ rush yards in both career games vs. the Jets, rushing for 214 yards (107 per game) & 3 TDs. McCoy is the only NFL player with 7,000+ rush (7,108) and 2,000+ recieving (2,278) yards since 2010. Had rush TD in Week 1 and WR Sammy Watkins had 11 catches for 136 yards in last meeting, has 9 career 100-yard games, including 2 vs. GangGreen, along wiht 37 catches for 605 yards (100.8 per game) and 4 TDs in past 6 contests at home.

Both teams enter the Thursday night contest along the shores of Lake Erie with losses under their belts in week one action. For GangGreen, they let a 16-13 lead at Met Life against Cincinnati get away from them as the Bengals would hold them to a pair of Nick Folk field goals in the second half for a 23-22 loss. Although the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would outrush Cincy 152-57, Andy Dalton did manage to outpass Fitzpatrick in the air 366-189 in passing yardage. Neither club made their fan base happy on third down conversions, as the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 4 of 12, while the Bengals were 3 of 11. GangGreen did manage to control the clock, as they kept the ball for 34:53, while the Bengals held it for 25:07.

Buffalo could only muster a 1 yard TD run from McCoy as they were defeated by Baltimore 13-7 in Charm City last Sunday. Mike Wallace and Joe Flacco connected for the Ravens’ lone TD in the contest that made it 10-0 early in the first half. It wasn’t much of a rushing contest, as neither team reached the 100-yard plateau (Baltimore did manage to outrush Buffalo 83-65) and Flacco did manage to outpass Taylor 258-111, although the Bills did manage to sack him four times. Buffalo was 3 of 13 on third down tries in Charm City (they were 2 of 2 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 27:07, while the Ravens went 6 of 15 on third down and kept the pigskin for 32:53, going 0 for 1 on their only fourth down attempt.

The Bills hold a 59-51 lead in the series, which includes contests that were played at Shea Stadium, Buffalo has outscored GangGreen 2,289-2,229 and they have won five of the last six meetings, including sweeping the series last year, taking both wins by 22-17 scores (New York’s last win over the Bills came in 2013 in the Meadowlands by a 20-13 final).

The first meeting was in week ten in the Meadowlands on a Thursday night and the Bills took a 12-3 lead with them to the intermission and managed to hold off the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! in the second half, despite New York outscoring them 14-10 in the last 30 minutes of play. LeSean McCoy ran for 112 of his team’s 148 to lead all rushers (New York managed to tally 128) and the Bills defense managed to pick off QB Ryan Fitzpatrick twice. Neither team did much to write home about on third down conversions in the first meeting (Buffalo was 5 of 16, while the Jets were 3 of 13) and fourth down tries weren’t much better (the Bills went 0 of 1, while the Jets were 1 of 3) and the Bills ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:16, while the Jets held on to the pigskin for 26:44.

Game two… Orchard Park… week 17, with a kickoff temperature of 35 (wind chill of 24). Second verse, same as the first. Once again, Buffalo bolted out to a lead at the break and needed to hold off a late GangGreen rally in the second half. New York did manage to outrush Buffalo in the second meeting by a 122-113 margin but once again, the Bills defense gave Fitzpatrick problems, picking him off three times. Third down tries in the second meeting? The Bills were 9 of 20 on third down (they did manage to find success on fourth down, going 2 of 2), while New York was 3 of 11. As was the case in the first meeting, the Bills ruled the clock in the season finale, holding the ball for 39:13, while the Jets kept it for 20:47.

In the first Thursday night contest, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS are favored by a point and the over/under’s 40 1/2. Circle the wagons. Bills cover the 1 in upstate New York and win over GangGreen.

Injury Report

New York Jets
OUT: QB Bryce Petty (Shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: LB Jordan Jenkins (Calf), CB Darryl Roberts (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Bruce Carter (Shoulder), LB David Harris (Shoulder), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Ankle)

Buffalo
OUT: S Colt Anderson (Foot), T Cordy Glenn (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Charles Clay (Knee), TE Jim Dray (Ankle), QB Cardale Jones (Shoulder), CB Kevon Seymour (Hamstring), WR Sammy Watkins (Foot), DT Jerel Worthy (Knee)

Referee: Ed Hochuli.

Broadcast Information: CBS/NFLN/Twitter at 8:25 p.m.: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter).
Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (New York Jets), (81 Buffalo). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (New York Jets), 225 (Buffalo).

Weather Outlook: Clear and 61 degrees.

Broadcast Information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather courtesy The Weather Channel.

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