Both the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets both likely expected to have a lot of growing pains when they decided to roll with the rookie quarterbacks in former Florida State Seminole E.J. Manuel and former West Virginia Mountaineer Geno Smith for the 2013 season.
Although both of them have had growing pains (and in Manuel’s case, an injury), both have shown flashes of a bright future and have earned their teams unexpected wins.
Both teams have had injuries issues, especially on offense.
However, the Bills got Manuel back last week and the Jets should have wide receiver Santonio Holmes and tight end Kellen Winslow back this week.
After a 3-4 start, the Bills have lost four straight games, including a 23-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week in which they were barely competitive. The Jets, on the other hand, are 5-4, but you never know what kind of performance you’ll get. Before the Jets’ bye week last week, they had a victories over the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints sandwiched around a terrible 49-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bills are coming in as a one-point favorite, but I like the road dog to earn a victory in the one.