No team in the AFC has been talked about as much as the New York Jets this past off-season. Whatever the reason, be it due to a Revis Island's contract, head coach Rex Ryan making another proclamation of greatness, or another marquee player signing, the 2010 off-season was all Jets, all the time.
So far the 2010 season has lived up to expectations. The Jets won tough games against the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins and lost close one to another tough team, the Baltimore Ravens.
With a Week 4 game against the Buffalo Billsin Ralph Wilson Stadium, 3-1 should be a foregone conclusion. However, if the Jets are not careful the Bills could sneak up on them and steal one.
Offensively, the Jets appear to be playing better than ever. Second year quarterback Mark Sanchez has continued to grow and improve building off his success during the playoffs last year (with the exception of the week one loss to Baltimore). In both wins he has thrown for over 200 yards. Against a Bills defense that ranks 18th after three weeks and gives up an average of 221 yards a game he should be able to do even better.
LaDainian Tomlinson has proven that he still has some gas left in the tank by averaging 5.6 yards a carry, a career high. Along with Shonn Greene the tandem give the Jets the ninth best rushing game in the nation. So far this season the Bills have had trouble stopping the run. After three games they are ranked 27th in the league having allowed 141 yards a game on the ground.
The Bills could surprise the Jets if cornerback Darrelle Revis fails to play again and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is able to catch the Jets defense sleeping.
Buffalo liked what they saw out of him last week enough to release Trent Edwards this week. Fitzpatrick has played sporadically throughout five seasons prior to the start of the 2010 season. When he made his debut with the St. Louis Rams back in 2005 he threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns to win the game. He has not had the same success since then, but he has proven that he is capable of putting up some big passing numbers.
The key will be the health and availability of Darrelle Revis. Without him, the defense gave up 363 yards though the air to Chad Henne and the Dolphins; with him they held the Patriots passing game to less than 250 yards. Even with him the Jets will need to be on their game to avoid letting a talented, but raw Bills team steal a win from them.