The New York Jets take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 10, and for Jets fans, there is a lot to be interested in. Mike White was named the starter at quarterback for Week 10, and this comes with the news that Zach Wilson is not fully healthy yet. With the Jets coming off of a historically bad defensive performance, and the Bills coming off a stunning loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, both teams look to get back on track. Here is the New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Week 10 Preview.
Mike White: QB1?
During the preseason, fans were super excited to see how Wilson was playing. Conversely, fans were hoping Mike White would never see the field. However, here in the lead up to Week 10, it is the opposite. White has been electric, providing the spark fans were hoping would come from Wilson. He threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns in his debut win against the Cincinnati Bengals, and he was efficient against the Indianapolis Colts before going out with a forearm injury.
While White was named the starter for Week 10, there is no update on whether Wilson will return to the field in Week 11. Perhaps how White looks against the Bills will be the deciding factor. The Jets have scored 30 points in back-to-back games after not scoring 30 points since 2019, and hopefully, this current look offense continues to show up on Sundays.
Rookies Getting Involved
This Jets rookie class has started to look as good on the field as it did on paper. Everyone was hyped about Elijah Moore, who in the past couple of weeks has 13 receptions, 151 yards, and two touchdowns. He has started to come alive with White, and even Josh Johnson at quarterback.
Michael Carter continues to prove himself as the top running back on the Jets, dominating the backfield in carries. He also got heavily involved with the passing attack against the Bengals, finishing with 9 receptions for 95 yards. Alijah Vera-Tucker is also coming into his own. The rookie right guard had a bit of a shaky start to the season, but he is starting to play like a great piece for the future of the offensive line.
Some other rookies, such as Michael Carter II and Brandin Echols have shown a lot of juice, and Carter II has even started to gain some traction on social media concerning his play. He has been a stalwart in the slot, shutting down receivers week in and week out. Hamsah Nasirildeen and Jamien Sherwood have each had their share of injury problems, so fans have not gotten to see much of their potential yet.
Bouncing Back on Defense
The Jets week 9 game against the Indianapolis Colts was, as Robert Saleh put it, ’embarrassing.’ They let up 45 points, two weeks after giving up 54 points to the New England Patriots. The Colts gashed them and were able to do whatever they want.
On the flip side, the Jaguars were able to completely shut down the Bills offense last week, allowing six points. If the Jets can capture some of the magic the Jaguars seemed to capture last week, they can give the offense a chance (imagine reading that at the start of the season.) C.J. Mosley needs to step up and improve his play, because he has been seen as the leader and best player on this defense. However, last week, he was nowhere to be found.
The pass rush needs to get home, and the run defense needs to play like an NFL defense normally does. If they can, this game can be competitive.
The Bills will get back on track on offense, and do enough on defense. Allen will return to form, as he always does against the Jets. The defense will continue its dominance against the Jets, holding them to less than 25 points. Overall, they will not need to do anything special to come away with a win on the road.
The Jets will not get enough push up front to run the ball successfully. Because of this, they will rely on the passing game, which will continue to find some success. The defense will not be able to stop Allen enough to keep them in the game, but will improve. White plays just well enough to get the start in Week 11 vs. the Miami Dolphins. This has been the New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Week 10 preview.