Jets at Bills: Sal's keys, notes and stats

December 08, 2018 - 10:58 pm

Here are three key storylines as the Bills look to sweep the season-series against the Jets at New Era Field Sunday:

1. Darnold vs. Allen

We finally get a chance to see the two rookie quarterbacks go head-to-head against one another, after not having that privilege a few weeks ago in New Jersey. Allen was still recovering from an elbow injury and Donald had just injured his foot when the two teams met the first time around, so it was Matt Barkley for the Bills and Josh McCown for the Jets. Of course the Bills won that game 41-10. But now, we get to see the third and seventh overall picks from this past year’s draft, the first game two QBs from the 2018 class start against one another, and the second-youngest starting QB matchup ever in the NFL.

2. Allen’s growth

Forget the stats, just watch the way he played last week and you’ll see Josh Allen he has rapidly improved in his two weeks back after missing four games with an elbow injury. He’s more confident and making more throws with more accuracy than he had earlier in the season, and of course he’s run over two games at a clip never seen by a QB in the league before. From my perspective, Allen was the best player on the field last week in Miami. Usually, when the Bills sit at 4-8 in December and have a home game against another team with a poor record (Jets are 3-9), fans find other things to do on Sunday and it’s not appointment viewing. However, Allen’s growth and exciting play has changed that this year. Fans want to, and should want to, watch him play.

3. Youth being served at WR

With the release of Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes this past week, the Bills clearly signified they are going with a youth movement at wide receiver. With Cam Phillips being promoted to the 53-man roster on Saturday, that means three rookies are among the six active wideouts on the roster. Phillips, Ray-Ray McCloud and Robert Foster. Two are in just their second season, Zay Jones and Isaiah McKenzie, who is questionable to play with a toe injury. Then there is seventh-year pro Deonte Thompson, as well.


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