Outsider’s View: Buffalo Bills Week 8 (Offense)

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I know some of you are fond of Football Outsiders, (as am I) so once the season gets underway and trends start developing, looking at an opponent’s rankings on Football Outsiders helps to give fans some perspective.

(As a heads up, negative percentages are good on defense, bad on offense & specials)

Pass Offense: -7.4% (28th)
Rush Offense: -20.2% (29th)
O-Line Ranking: Run 28th / Pass-Protection 20th

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Analysis: The Bills offense hasn’t been great, but it is more than fair to say that it has been better since Kyle Orton took over the offense from E.J. Manuel.  Sammy Watkins is starting to round into form and while Orton is no Peyton Manning, he is smart enough to know that he needs to get the ball into the hands of his best playmakers, and in recent weeks the offense has looked much better because of Orton’s ability to cling to that simple axiom.

Even though Orton knows that to be true, can he still get the same results against the Jets with a now depleted backfield?

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GEICO SportsNite: Harvin’s first game

GEICO SportsNite checks in with Percy Harvin, who talks about leaving the Seahawks and playing his first game with the Jets.

Loud Mouths: Must-win for Jets?

Adam Schein and Sal Licata go Boom or Bust on whether Sunday’s game against the Bills is a must-win contest.

Five things we learned from Mike Westhoff

Mike Westhoff joined The Jets Blog podcast this week, and here are five things we learned from him…


1. He discussed that he would use Percy Harvin on returns if he was still the special teams coach.


2. Ryan Quigley has impressive talent, and is doing well, but needs to improve his angle and his drop when kicking to the left.


3. Westhoff called for more fake punts and field goals that anyone would realize, but they were often checked to plays where they would proceed to kick, based on the defense they saw.


4. Steve Weatherford made mistakes on 4th down decisions and plays, and Westhoff would cover for him.


5. The FXFL is using Westhoff’s notebook to develop rules, and he is consulting with the league. He thinks the NFL should adopt some of the ideas as well.


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Map: Exploring NFL fans on Twitter

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Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Earlier this season, Facebook released a map of NFL fans and the plight of Jets fans having no plurality of Jets fans on Facebook in any US county.

Even so, where are people tweeting about the Jets?  Twitter released their interactive map recently.  If you filter by team, you’ll notice some pockets of Jets fans all over the country, even Broadway Joe’s lasting influence in some areas of Alabama.

Check the interactive version of the map below.

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Injury Report: Reilly, Salas out for Sunday

LB Trevor Reilly (knee) and WR Greg Salas (ankle/wrist) will not play on Sunday, Rex Ryan said.

T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), CB Phillip Adams (groin), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), WR Eric Decker (hamstring), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (foot) and CB Darrin Walls (knee) are all probable to play.


For the Bills, RB Fred Jackson and LB Ty Powell are both out, with WR Marquis Goodwin listed as doubtful.

Jeremy Kerley’s conference call with bloggers…