The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets won't face each other under ideal circumstances, but they're expected to kick off on Monday night in Detroit after a massive snowstorm forced the game to be delayed and moved to a new location.
Originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Buffalo, snow forced the game to be moved to Ford Field on Monday night at 7 p.m. The 5-5 Bills have to win this game to keep their fading playoff hopes alive.
To say the Bills' offense has been struggling of late would be an understatement. Since scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of their Week 10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bills have gone 21 straight drives without reaching the end zone.
Coming into their game with the Miami Dolphins in Week 11, the Bills sported the worst red zone touchdown efficiency in the NFL at 41.2 percent. It actually got worse that game. Buffalo had nine possessions that ended without a touchdown, and they ultimately fell, 22-9, to Miami.
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This offensive dry spell is coming at the worst possible time for the Bills. Buffalo has dropped two straight games to fall to 5-5 after a 5-3 start put it in the thick of the playoff race. The Bills are still within striking distance of the 7-4 Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers for the No. 6 seed in the AFC. They have to win this game, however, with far more challenging opponents upcoming.
So, what do the experts think?
The ESPN crew is high on the Bills, with 10 of 14 experts taking Buffalo to win. The CBS sports panel has yet to make their picks for this game, but senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco believes the game will be close, picking the Bills to win, 20-14:
The Jets are coming off a bye, but the Bills will have 10 days rest when this kicks off. Buffalo is sticking with Kyle Orton at quarterback. The Jets will counter with Mike Vick. I think this is a battle of the defenses and Buffalo's pass rush will be the difference.
The SB Nation staff agreed on one team. All eight picked the Bills to win:
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