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NFL Week 1 Preview: Buffalo Bills (0-0) at New York Jets (0-0)

STADIUM: MetLife Stadium
REFEREE: Carl Cheffers

DATE: Monday, September 11, 2023 GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET
ESPN/ABC: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters
Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) BUF: 81 or 226 NYJ: 83 or 225 National: 88

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: BUF leads series, 67-57 (BUF won 5 of past 6)
POSTSEASON: BUF leads series, 1-0

THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 12/11/22: NYJ 12 at BUF 20
POSTSEASON: 12/27/81 AFC-WC: BUF 31 at NYJ 27

HEAD COACHES:

Sean McDermott vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 8-4 Reg. Season: 62-35 (.639) Postseason: 4-5 (.444)

Robert Saleh vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 1-3 Reg. Season: 11-23 (.324) Postseason: 0-0

BUFFALO BILLS NOTES:

  • QB JOSH ALLEN is 1 of 2 QBs (Patrick Mahomes) with 4,000+ pass yards & 35+ TD passes in each of past 3 seasons. Has 176 combined career pass & rush TDs, most-ever by player in 1st 5 seasons. Has 38 career rush TDs & can tie Jack Kemp (40) for 3rd-most ever by QB. Had 3 rush TDs in 2 games vs. NYJ last season. Has 1,510 pass yards (302 per game) with 16 TDs vs. INT & 119.7 rating in his past 5 starts on MNF.
  • RB JAMES COOK ranked 6th among rookies with 507 rush yards last season & had 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.).
  • RB DAMIEN HARRIS makes Buf. debut after totaling 20 rush TDs over past 3 seasons with NE. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NYJ.
  • WR STEFON DIGGS had 108 catches for 1,429 yards & career-high 11 TDs in 2022, becoming 1st player in NFL history with 100+ catches & 1,200+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons with a team. Has 5+ catches in 6 of 7 career games vs. NYJ. Has 7 rec. TDs in his past 4 on MNF.
  • WR GABE DAVIS set career highs in catches (48) & rec. yards (836) last season. Has 6+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 3 seasons.
  • TE DAWSON KNOX is 1 of 3 TEs (Travis Kelce & George Kittle) with 6+ rec. TDs in each of past 2 seasons. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with rec. TD.
  • DE GREG ROUSSEAU tied for team lead with career-high 8 sacks in 13 games in 2022. Had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting.
  • LB MATT MILANO was only player in NFL with 10+ TFL (12) & 10+ PD (11) last season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYJ with TFL.
  • S JORDAN POYER led team with 4 INTs in 2022. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 on MNF.
  • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 6 PD in 6 games last season.

NEW YORK JETS NOTES:

  • QB AARON RODGERS makes NYJ debut after 18-year career with GB, totaling 59,055 pass yards (9th all-time) & 475 TD passes (5th all-time) & winning 4 NFL MVPs (2011, 2014, 2020-21). Had 3,695 pass yards & 26 TD passes in 2022, 13th-career season with 25+ TD passes, 4th-most all-time. Has 41 TDs (38 pass, 3 rush) vs. 11 INTs with 104.9 rating in 18 career starts on MNF.
  • RB DALVIN COOK makes NYJ debut after rushing for 1,100+ yards in each of past 4 seasons with Min. Had 146 scrimmage yards (119 rush, 27 rec.) in only career game vs. Buf. (11/13/22 w/ Min.).
  • RB BREECE HALL had 681 scrimmage yards (97.3 per game) in 7 games as rookie last season, with rush TD in each of his final 4.
  • WR GARRETT WILSON named AP Offensive ROY in 2022 after leading all rookies with 83 catches & 1,103 rec. yards, both rookie franchise records. Had 75+ rec. yards in both games vs. Buf. last season. Had 90+ rec. yards in 4 of final 5 2022 home games.
  • WR ALLEN LAZARD makes NYJ debut after setting career highs in catches (60) & rec. yards (788) with 6 rec. TDs last season with GB.
  • WR MECOLE HARDMAN makes NYJ debut after 4 years (2019-22) w/ KC. Had 4 rec. TDs in 8 games in 2022, incl. each of his last 3 games.
  • DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had career-high 12 sacks & 12 TFL last season, becoming 1st NYJ with 10+ sacks in a season since 2015. Had 3 sacks in 2 games vs. Buf. in 2022.
  • DL CARL LAWSON ranked 2nd on team with 7 sacks last season & had career-high 9 TFL.
  • LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 158 tackles in 2022 & is 1 of 4 in NFL with 150+ tackles in each of past 2 seasons.
  • CB SAUCE GARDNER named AP Defensive ROY last season after leading NFL with 20 PD, most by rookie since 2015. Had 2 PD & INT in 2 games vs. Buf. in 2022.
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