3 keys to Jets beating the Bills in Week 7

Manish Mehta, New York Daily News

1) RUN, RUN, RUN

Jets running backs are only averaging 3.7 yards per carry through the first six weeks, but this could be a get-well game against Buffalo’s 25th-ranked run defense. Although it’s ridiculous to expect Gang Green to come close to matching Kansas City’s 245-yard ground explosion against the Bills last week, there should be opportunities for La’Mical Perine and recently acquired Ty Johnson, who flashed his speed last week, to help out Adam Gase & Co.

The run game can be Sam Darnold’s best friend in his first came back since separating his throwing shoulder three weeks ago. Jets running backs managed just 3.3 yards per carry in their season-opening loss at Buffalo. The non-existent ground attack contributed to the lopsided time-of-possession advantage for the Bills, who held the ball for more than 41 minutes. If Gase can get his pair of young backs going – and move Frank Gore into a reduced role – this lifeless offense might be able to find some semblance of success.

2) DON’T LET JOSH ALLEN ESCAPE THE POCKET

Allen was a tour de force with three first-half touchdowns in Week 1, including a rushing score. He basically did whatever he wanted with his arm and legs. Gang Green can’t afford to let that happen again or they’ll cue the laugh track before intermission again. Allen has come back down to Earth after a scorching first month. But he’s still dangerous. If the Jets don’t keep their rush lanes or bring him down when they get the chance inside the pocket, it could be another agonizing afternoon.

3) DON’T WASTE RED ZONE TRIPS

The Jets are dead last in the league in red zone efficiency. Gase’s club has found the end zone just three times in 13 trips inside the 20. That has to change if they have any chance of pulling off the upset for their first win of the season. The good news: The Bills are 25th in red zone defense (69.2 percent).

How to Watch

Bills vs Jets Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. ET

TV: CBS 5/8 Stream: fuboTV (seven-day free trial)

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