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Jets Entering Must-Win Game vs. Bills

Mark Sanchez. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Although the Jets season had an unfortunate start, they were able to right the ship when they defeated the San Diego Chargers in Week 7 and head into their bye week with a sense of optimism.

With a record of 4-3, the Jets now have a very important next few weeks of football ahead of them. The first is this Sunday against the first place Buffalo Bills, who have surprised many nay-sayers this season.

Teams first realized the Bills would no longer be a push-over when they defeated the New England Patriots in Week 3 for the first time in 15 attempts. Head coach Chan Gailey has his Bills playing fantastic this season with an completely unexpected record of 5-2. With their excellent play, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and running back Fred Jackson are proving that this team is a definite contender for the AFC title and beyond. If the Jets plan on winning the division, it has to start with win in Buffalo this Sunday.

The Jets and Bills have been rivals for a long time, but this week will be one of the more important battles the two team have had in years. One interesting story line in this game will be players facing their former teams. Ex-Jet Brad Smith will look to punish the Jets for not resigning him last year. Jets defensive end Aaron Maybin will make his return to buffalo after being cut by them last year after not panning out as a first round pick in 2009. Maybin will surely be playing with a chip on his shoulder against his former team.

Keys to the Game

Both defenses should play well on Sunday and the game will likely come down to who can make more plays on offense. Each team will attempt to run the ball, but both Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick will need to step up for their respective teams. The Jets corners will have to contain Buffalos spread offense and not allow any big plays like the Bills have been making all season. On offense, the Jets should stay aggressive as their passing game has been improving over the last few weeks.

This game will no doubt be a hard fought battle and should remain close throughout, look for a special teams or defensive score to be the difference in this one.

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