Rex Ryan on Jets DT Leonard Williams: 'Big monster'

Sep 15, 2016, 07:08
Rex Ryan on Jets DT Leonard Williams: 'Big monster'

In this January 3, 2016, New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, left, and Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, right, shake hands after the Bills' 22-17 win in an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Jets are heading to Orchard Park for an AFC East showdown against the Bills on Thursday night. Both games between Buffalo and NY had the same final score in 2015, with the Bills coming out on top 22-17. The net total of 10 points separating the two teams in 2015 were extremely costly to the Jets.

Toss in Sheldon Richardson, the 2013 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2014 Pro Bowl selection, who's playing his first game this season after missing the first game of the season due to suspension for good measure. There will be a number of things to watch for between the Jets and Bills.

Ryan quoted famous boxer Muhammad Ali, and later told his team the "best revenge is massive success" this season.

Overall in his 11-year National Football League career, Fitzpatrick has completed 60 percent of his passes while averaging 205 yards per game.

Ryan's reputation for his hard-nosed coaching approach certainly hasn't wavered over time since being the defensive coordinator for the Ravens, or as head coach with the Jets.

Rex Ryan will be gunning for them.

Fitzpatrick also tried to spin the play forward. It's an interesting narrative, but the reality may be more nuanced than that. "But you tend to find a way to move on, and this is a new year". Fitzpatrick was held below 200 yards twice by the Bills.

The game kicks off at 8:25 p.m. EDT on CBS and the NFL Network, or online through the NFL Game Pass. Rex Ryan has a well earned reputation for getting the better of inexperienced quarterbacks. Buffalo's next two games see them take on Arizona and New England, bringing 0-4 to start the season into a possibility. Fitzpatrick has just a 66.8 quarterback rating and 47.3 completion percentage in 11 games against Ryan.

Now the stat of the week. The Bills won the only playoff meeting in the series on December 27, 1981, when they edged the Jets 31-27 in an AFC wild-card game at Shea Stadium.

The Jets lost to the Bills on Week 17 a year ago and it was not just any loss - the close battle ended with the Jets missing the playoffs. That's why they play the game. "I think every game is important for us coming off of a loss", Fitzpatrick said.

The Bills under Rex win when they severely limit opponents' passing attacks.

"Now we get to go against a more talented defense [than the Ravens.] It's hard to get well against this team". In a crucial matchup on Thursday, Ryan Fitzpatrick probably doesn't need to be great.

Don't expect a high-scoring game, but expect the Jets to put up more than 20 points on the scoreboard. The other? Matt Forte's 155 all-purpose yards. That would be a good, but far from spectacular, effort by Fitzpatrick, and it would likely result in a Jets victory. He needs to run the ball, and Rex needs to recognize that.

The Jets will be looking to end that losing streak and get into the win column for the first time in 2016 at New Era Field.

On what specific challenges to Fitzpatrick are posed by Ryan's defense...

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