Buffalo (5-2) at New York Jets (3-5), 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network. Week nine action gets under in the Meadowlands as a pair of AFC East rivals meet on Thursday night at Met Life Stadium.

Buffalo came from a 7-0 first quarter deficit against Oakland last Sunday afternoon in Orchard Park to come away 34-14 winners. The Bills led 14-7 at the break and took control from that point onward. Buffalo outrushed the Silver and Black 166-54, with RB LeSean McCoy leading the way with 151 yards and a TD. Buffalo, forcing four Oakland turnovers in the win, went 6 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 35:37, while the Raider were 3 of 10, 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 24:23.

GangGreen let a 17-13 lead in the Meadowlands against Atlanta get away from them, as they lost to the Falcons 25-20 at Met Life last Sunday afternoon in the rain. The defending NFC champs trailed 17-13 at the break and took the lead for keeps in the early part of the final quarter when Matt Ryan (254 yards, 2 TDs, 2 fumbles) and WR Mohammed Sanu connected on a 6-yard TD pass to lead 22-17. Atlanta then went for the two-point conversion but Ryan fumbled the snap and the Jets recovered but could not convert on defense. Carson Catanzaro made things closer for the Jets when he connected on a 46-yard field goal (Catanzaro had missed from 46 and 48 yards earlier in the contest).

The Falcons then restored some order when Matt Bryant booted a 29-yard field goal with 5:19. After the Falcons punted the ball back to New York after the 2-minute warning, the Jets had one last chance to make the Falcons 0-4 against the AFC East, starting their final drive at their 4-yard line. GangGreen would get as far as their 38-yard line with no time outs and one second left on the clock. The Jets were then penalized for a false start, which required a 10-second runoff. With that, the Jets lost the contest.

Josh McCown threw for 257 yards and a pair of TDs against Atlanta, who outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 140-43 (Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 82 yards rushing). Atlanta went 5 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 28:19, while the Jets ruled the clock and kept the ball for 31:41, going 5 of 15 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

It’s a rematch of the Week one contest in upstate New York and the Bills were 21-12 winners in the season opener for both clubs. Buffalo led 7-6 at the half and then outscored GangGreen 14-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. The Bills outrushed the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 190-38 and LeSean McCoy led all rushers with 110 yards, while Tyrod Taylor threw for 224 yards and a pair of TDs. New York was paced by Josh McCown, who threw for 187 yards and a pair of interceptions. The Bills were 8 of 17 on third down tries in Orchard Park and kept the ball for 33:04, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were 26:56 in time of possession, going 4 of 14 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

The Bills covered the 8 1/2 point spread in the first meeting, winning by 9 but both clubs missed the 40 over/under, tallying only 33 points. The oddsmakers like Buffalo again, this time as 3 1/2 point favorites and the over/under this time around in 42 1/2. Buffalo’s been playing some decent football of late, while the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! have been stumbling out of the tarmac. Bills circle the wagons and cover the 3 1/2 in the Meadowlands on Thursday night.

Broadcast Information: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter), Jay Feely (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Buffalo), 83 (New York Jets); XM: 88 (WW1), 81 (Buffalo), 83 (New York Jets)

Referee: Jerome Boger

Injury Report

Buffalo
OUT: TE Charles Clay (Knee), CB Edwin Gaines (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ramon Humber (Thumb), S Jordan Poyer (Knee)

New York Jets
OUT: RB Lawrence Thomas (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: S Terrence Brooks (Hamstring), T Brandon Shell (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Morris Claiborne (Foot), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

Weather: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain and 65 degrees

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

 

 

 

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