Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets, 2014 NFL Week 8: Matchups to Watch and Keys to the Game

October 26th, 2014
Kraig Urbik will get his first chance to start this season for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Kraig Urbik will get his first chance to start this season for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills will reach the midpoint of their 2014 season on Sunday. Playing the New York Jets on the road, they’ll need a victory to bring a winning record into their Week 9 bye.

Buffalo, at 4-3, is a favorite to win Sunday against the Jets, who are 1-6 this year. While the Bills have had their issues this year, they’ve still been a clearly better team than New York, who carries a six-game losing streak into Week 8. That said, the Bills haven’t beat the Jets in MetLife Stadium since 2009—Rex Ryan’s first year as Jets head coach.

The following matchups and keys for each team will play a big part in determining whether the Bills can reverse that trend.

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Can Buffalo Bills Overcome Rushing Offense Issues with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson Injured?

October 24th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Wegman

The Buffalo Bills were hit with a devastating blow last week in their matchup with the Minnesota Vikings when star running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both went down with injuries.  Jackson suffered a groin injury on a seemingly harmless play, which is expected to sideline him for close to a month, while Spiller had two breaks on one play: breaking a 53-yard run – his longest of the season – before breaking his collarbone on the landing after being tripped up by a Vikings defender.

Spiller, placed on the injured reserve list

with a return designation, cannot return until Week 16 at the earliest.

Neither Jackson nor Spiller are top-tier NFL tailbacks but together they combine to be one of the most productive, consistent and reliable one-two punches in the entire league.  The good news for the Bills is that their third- and fourth-string running backs are better than those of most teams.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 9: Devin Funchess Takes on Michigan State

October 24th, 2014
Michigan pass-catcher Devin Funchess will be a player to watch as the Wolverines take on Michigan State on Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Michigan pass-catcher Devin Funchess will be a player to watch as the Wolverines take on Michigan State on Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Can you believe the season is entering week nine? Time really flies when you are having fun and football season is truly the most fun time of the year.

The upcoming week’s slate of games lacks the marquee matchups of previous weeks, but plenty of rivalry games and key conference contests await. Teams with playoff aspirations will want to avoid letdowns and the picture is becoming more and more clear as to what the nation’s top prospects’ tools and traits have developed to be. The time to iron out deficiencies is winding down. Putting out solid performances is a must with so much at stake down the stretch for teams and prospects alike.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley

October 23rd, 2014
Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

While there were a record number of underclassmen that declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, Vic Beasley was not one of them. Projected as a first-round pick by many, Beasley decided to return for his senior year at Clemson and possibly improve his draft stock even more.

After totaling 13 sacks as a junior, Beasley already has eight this year. Playing mostly as a 4-3 defensive end in Clemson’s defense, Beasley also has played a significant amount of time from a stand up position as an outside linebacker. He has an elite skill-set that allows him to rush the passer from a multitude of positions and alignments.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 8

October 22nd, 2014
With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller injured, Bills running back Bryce Brown is worth taking a chance on for fantasy football owners. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller injured, Bills running back Bryce Brown is worth taking a chance on for fantasy football owners. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pick-Ups

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens (Owned in 63% of Yahoo! Leagues): In the past two weeks, Flacco has thrown for seven touchdowns and only two interceptions. Overall, he has 14 passing touchdowns compared to six interceptions and has a good amount of weapons in Steve Smith Sr., Torrey Smith, Owen Daniels, and Justin Forsett. There are not many better quarterbacks on the waiver wire right now, so he’s a recommended pickup if in need of one with bye weeks lurking.

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals (42% Y!): Since coming back from shoulder nerve issue, Palmer has thrown for four touchdowns and only one interception. He continues to use old habits and throw downfield to his deep threats, which only goes further to prove his health is back to normal. Arizona has a very pass-friendly offense and relatively easy schedule the next few weeks, so Palmer could put up good stats.

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