Rodgers Debut Showdown Bills vs Jets NFL Week 1 Preview

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In the Monday Night Football showdown of the 2023 NFL season's Week 1, it's a highly anticipated clash between the New York Jets and their division rivals, the Buffalo Bills.

This game marks the debut of Aaron Rodgers as the Jets' quarterback, creating immense excitement for fans. The Jets aim to start this season more strongly under the leadership of Robert Saleh.

Both teams have undergone significant changes in the offseason, including coaching staff adjustments. In New York, Nathaniel Hackett steps in as the new offensive coordinator, replacing Mike LaFleur.

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Meanwhile, in Buffalo, head coach Sean McDermott takes over defensive play-calling responsibilities following Leslie Frazier's departure. The critical question is how these changes will impact the dynamics of this intense rivalry.

When the Bills are on offense, there's a keen focus on quarterback Josh Allen, who faced challenges against the Jets in their previous encounters. The Jets' defense pressured Allen effectively, sacking him eight times in two games last season. They also restricted deep passes, limiting Allen's success in that area. Buffalo's offseason moves, including bolstering the offensive line and adding new weapons, aim to address these issues.

To protect Allen, the Bills have signed Connor McGovern and drafted O'Cyrus Torrence for the offensive line. They also acquired Dalton Kincaid and Deonte Harty to diversify their offensive options. Additionally, they've made changes in the running back position, shifting responsibility to James Cook and signing Damien Harris.

The interior offensive line's performance, Kincaid's role, and the matchups between wide receivers like Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis against the Jets' cornerback duo of Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed will be key to watch. Allen's accuracy on short and intermediate passes, especially after his elbow injury, will also be crucial.

Buffalo may exploit Allen's running abilities, as the Jets struggled against designed quarterback runs last season. However, the Jets boast a strong run defense, which could pose challenges for the Bills in this area.

When the Jets take the field offensively, all eyes are on Aaron Rodgers, who was brought in to elevate the team's performance, especially in the wake of subpar quarterback play last season. Questions linger about the offensive line's ability to protect Rodgers, with concerns at left tackle and right tackle positions.

Despite Von Miller's absence due to injury, the Bills possess a formidable defensive front, including players like Greg Rousseau and Leonard Floyd. Rodgers' quick release will be tested against this fierce defense. The passing game is expected to revolve around emerging star Garrett Wilson, but the Bills have formidable defensive assets, such as Tre'Davious White and their safety duo of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, to counter him.

Should the Bills focus on containing Wilson, uncertainties surround the Jets' secondary receiving options, making it a pivotal aspect to monitor. The split of snaps and carries between running backs Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook adds further intrigue, with Hall coming off injury.

In the end, the game's outcome is predicted to be a close contest, with a low-scoring affair due to weather conditions and the strength of both defenses. Buffalo is favored to win due to their dominance in divisional matchups and New York's offensive line concerns.

The final score prediction is Bills 20, Jets 17. For those seeking additional expert opinions, Sportsline's R.J. White, with a strong track record involving the Jets, has also released his spread pick for the game.

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Source: CBS Sports
 

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