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New York Jets Run Defense vs. Buffalo Bills Run Offense

Kris Jenkins dominated the Bills up front last November up in Orchard Park. Rex Ryan is probably going to let him loose again. Buffalo surely upgraded its center position over Melvin Preston and Duke Fowler by signing Geoff Hangartner. Jenkins probably has an edge against Hangartner, but I would anticipate seeing Jenkins lining up a lot against rookie guards Andy Levitre and Eric Wood. Jenkins shut down Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson last year in the first meeting. In the second game when Jenkins was banged up, the Bills ran all over the Jets. How Jenkins fares might be the most critical aspect of slowing down the run game.

With an inexperienced offensive line, I get the impression the Bills will be leery of letting Trent Edwards stand back with that pass rush too often. They'll want to keep the ball in the hands of their excellent running back duo, Lynch a hard runner between the tackles and the speedy Jackson. I think they will have a tough time blocking Jenkins without a double team which means they will have to beat David Harris and Bart Scott to run it inside. We'll probably see them challenge Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace, both of whom struggled against the Dolphins, on the outside.

I still think this is a tall order for the Bills. They don't have the offensive line the Dolphins do capable of winning matchups on the same level. Again, the Jets are going to come out with a lot of intensity and be motivated to stop the run after last week's struggles.