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DE Mario Williams now has 86.5 career sacks which moved him into 44th place on the NFL's all-time list since the sack became an official stat in 1982.
LB Preston Brown continues to lead the Bills with 73 tackles, and that's the second-most of any rookie in the NFL.
CB Stephon Gilmore has four career forced fumbles, tied for second-most among cornerbacks in the NFL since 2012, the year he entered the league.
CB Corey Graham, who will likely start in place of injured Leodis McKelvin, is tied for 10th in the AFC with nine passes defensed.
K Dan Carpenter's 182 made field goals are third-most in the NFL since the start of 2008.
WR Chris Hogan set new career highs for both catches (7) and yards (74) in the loss at Miami.
QB Kyle Orton's completion percentage of 64.0 is sixth-best in the NFL.
The Bills offense has been somnolent the past two weeks. They have produced just one touchdown and 22 points, and that failure was the primary culprit for losing to Kansas City and Miami. The Bills scored a season-high 43 points against the Jets three weeks ago, but in that game they had a season-low 12 first downs, and their 280 net yards were their second-lowest total of the year behind the 237 they gained at Miami last week. Getting six takeaways was the key to beating the Jets the first time.
In this game, assuming the Jets play giveaway again, the Bills will try to protect Kyle Orton and give him time to operate against the Jets secondary that has allowed an average of 240.5 yards passing per game and has been stung for 25 touchdown passes. Defensively, the Bills did a great job with turnovers, intercepting four Jets passes, but they did give up a season-high 175 yards rushing, so they will have to be mindful of Chris Ivory, and the scrambling of Michael Vick who had 69 of the yards.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Bills C Eric Wood vs. Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson.
Wilkerson is one of the best tackles in the league who can dominate against both the run and the pass. Wood has struggled for the past month, though some of that is due to playing next to RG Erik Pears who has struggled all year. The Jets are stout against the run, and the Bills will want to have success on the ground, especially if Fred Jackson returns to the lineup.
Jets WR Percy Harvin vs. Bills CB Corey Graham.
Graham will be stepping into the starting lineup replacing Leodis McKelvin who is out the rest of the season with a broken ankle. Graham started the first two games of the season at CB and played well, but has been mostly in a nickel and dime roll, playing as both a CB and safety. Harvin had an 11-catch game against Kansas City three weeks ago, and has found a niche in the New York offense, capable of breaking a big play at any moment.