Both the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills came up short in Week 1, and unfortunately for them, the AFC East rival New England Patriots managed to win without Tom Brady. Many favored the Arizona Cardinals in their matchup against New England but they disappointed, and coupled with a Miami Dolphins loss, it was a pretty good day for the Patriots.
But barring an unlikely tie, either the Bills or the Jets will help themselves begin to chase New England in the division standings to kick off Week 2 of the season. The two teams will face each other in the first game of the week, an under-the-lights showdown on Thursday Night Football. The NFL continues to experiment with football on Thursday, so this game will be broadcast on CBS, simulcast on the NFL Network and streamed live online via Twitter for the very first time.
That aspect in and of itself will be very interesting. The game will begin at 8:25 p.m. ET on Thursday, with Twitter’s live stream set to start at the top of that hour. It will also feature Color Rush jerseys, because the NFL really doesn’t want that idea to go. Buffalo will be wearing all-red jerseys while the Jets will be wearing white.
In Week 1, the Jets narrowly lost to the Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who spent a long time on the open market this offseason trying to get the best offer he could from the team, completed 19 of 35 passes for 189 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Running back Matt Forte put up 96 yards on the ground and overall, the Jets played quite well — except in the kicking game.
But the Bengals just narrowly edged them out, kicking a field goal in the final minute of play to take the one-point lead and then the win.
Buffalo had a much tougher time with the Baltimore Ravens, with Tyrod Taylor throwing for just 111 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The Bills ran for just 65 total yards. They held up well on defense and only allowed the Ravens to put up 13 points on the board, but the offense couldn’t do its part.
Both teams had hopes and expectations of success this season and that’s certainly still possible, even if Week 1 was not particularly encouraging.
For the Bills, the biggest thing to watch will be the status of Sammy Watkins. Their star receiver is dealing with a sore foot after fully recovering from foot surgery. Reports came out after Sunday’s game suggesting that Watkins could be shut down for some time as a precaution, but Rex Ryan came out and said that wasn’t the case, at least for now.
Watkins caught four passes for 43 yards in Week 1, but the team is hoping that production shoots skyward as the season progresses.
The last time these two teams met, Ryan got revenge against his former team when the Bills knocked the Jets out of playoff contention in the final week of the season. Earlier that season, they also played on Thursday Night Football and the Bills came out on top in that matchup as well.
Below is all the information you need to know to watch Thursday’s game:
How to Watch Jets vs. Bills on Thursday
Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: New Era Field, Orchard Park, N.Y.
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms