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Jets At Bills Preview: When The Bills Have The Ball

(Sports Network) — The Orchard Park fans will see their inaugural game with Ryan Fitzpatrick as a clear No. 1, a week after he logged a 71.4 completion percentage against the Patriots. Expect him to lean heavily on a talented backfield, from which Marshawn Lynch has averaged 82.7 yards in his last three against New York. Against the Patriots, he led the team with 79 yards on 13 attempts. Also available is prized rookie C.J. Spiller, who scored twice last week and racked up 228 all-purpose yards – 189 on kick returns, 29 on the ground and 10 catching passes. Among traditional pass-catching targets, veteran Lee Evans has grabbed 45 balls for 726 yards (16.1 yards per catch) in his career against New York. Roscoe Parrish clicked with Fitzpatrick for 83 receiving yards against New England, the second-highest total of his career. Seven of Parrish’s nine catches on the season have accounted for first downs.

And now for the bad news … even in the win over the Dolphins, the Jets were still torched through the air, allowing 10 catches and 166 yards to Brandon Marshall and a last-minute drive that saw the unit forced to hold Miami off four times inside the 20 to clinch the win. New York has surrendered an average of 336.3 yards per game overall – mitigating some of that total with a plus-6 turnover margin that’s tied for first in the league. Among the individuals, linebacker Taylor announced his post-Dolphin presence with a first-quarter sack of Chad Henne, drawing boos from the Miami faithful. He has 20 career sacks against the Bills, his most against any foe. He’s aiming for a third straight game with at least one. Linebacker David Harris has 2.5 sacks in his last four games against Buffalo and end Shaun Ellis had two sacks in his last go-round as well.