Buffalo Bills: vs. New York Jets
Of all the rookie quarterbacks to take the field in 2018, perhaps the most surprising development was how fast Josh Allen turned out to be. The Bills took Allen with an eye on utilizing his huge arm to stretch the field, but poor accuracy limited those plans, a fact Allen made up for by becoming a huge running threat.
Allen needs to take a leap forward in the passing game for Buffalo to contend for the playoffs in 2019, and in order to do that they will need to be at least the second best team in the AFC East. The Patriots remain clear favorites and the Dolphins appear to be tanking, so Buffalo’s biggest obstacle in the division may well be the Jets.
The Jets finished with a worse record than the Bills a year ago, but they have a new head coach in Adam Gase and spent a ton of money to bring in new talent on the roster. These teams split their 2018 regular season meetings, but the matchup at the Meadowlands isn’t really relevant since both teams started backup quarterbacks in the game.
Allen and Sam Darnold first faced off in Buffalo in December, with Darnold leading his first ever fourth quarter comeback victory to top the Bills for their last win of the season. These two bitter rivals usually split the season series, so Buffalo needs to hold serve at home if they want to make a serious playoff push.