Jets Open as Surprisingly Big Underdogs in Week 1 Matchup Against Bills

David Kaestle
Sam Darnold needs to take a big step up in his third season.
Sam Darnold needs to take a big step up in his third season. / Bryan Bennett/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills (10-6), by record, were a far better team than the New York Jets (7-9) last season, so one might understand why the Bills would be a 6.5-point favorite in their Week 1 game against the Jets, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

However, the two teams might not be as a far apart as you think. Jets' starting quarterback Sam Darnold missed three games last year, but in the 13 games he started, the Jets went 7-6. So if he had played in those three games, New York might've been much more competitive in the AFC East.

Also of note, the Jets had a pretty solid offseason. New York had the league's fifth-worst pass blocking O-Line last season, according to Pro Football Focus, but the Jets brought in a litany of new starters, including No. 11 overall pick Mekhi Becton.

Additionally, the Jets will get back star linebacker CJ Mosley, who missed 14 games in 2019.

With a revamped line that should help both Darnold and Le'Veon Bell, a healthier defense and another year in Adam Gase's offense, the Jets should give the Bills a run for their money in Week 1.

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