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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:� , December 9, 2018
New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York  Weather: 31°, Clear  Attendance: 59,119

Allen, Darnold could square off when Bills host Jets

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New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

  1. Since 2013, the Bills have won seven of 11 matchups with the Jets. In those games, Buffalo has had 25 takeaways to New York's nine. That +16 turnover margin is the largest by any team against any opponent over that span.
  2. Buffalo is 4-0 when scoring first and 0-8 when allowing the first score. Washington is the only other team which is undefeated (6-0) and winless (0-6) based on who scores first.
  3. The Jets led for most of the game (53:59) in Week 13 before the Titans came back to win 26-22. It was the Jets' sixth loss in a row and their largest blown lead in a loss -- 16-0 in the second quarter - since Week 2 of 2014 (led 21-3 in second quarter at Green Bay).
  4. Josh Allen rushed for 135 yards last week, the second-highest rushing total by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (Robert Girffin III, 138 in 2012). Allen's two-game span of 234 rushing yards -- he had 99 against the Jaguars in Week 12 -- is the most by any QB since Billy Kilmer had 246 in 1961.
  5. Jets kicker Josh Meyer has made a field goal from 50-plus yards in four consecutive games, tying the longest single-season streak in league history. Myers has scored 43.2 percent of the team's points this season, the highest percentage in the league.
  6. These teams rank near the bottom of the league in most passing categories. They are both in the bottom three in passing yards per game (Buf: 164.6; NYJ: 192.4), completion percentage (Buf: 55.0; NYJ: 55.0), yards per attempt (Buf: 6.1; NYJ: 6.2) and pass TDs (Buf: 8; NYJ: 12).
Team Comparison

New York
20.3 Points 14.8
206.1 Pass Yds 185.9
108.6 Rush Yds 121.1
16 Takeaways 18

The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills each used a high pick in the 2018 draft for what they hope will be a franchise quarterback for years to come.

And with AFC East foes meeting twice a year, rookies Sam Darnold and Josh Allen have the chance to develop a noteworthy rivalry -- that is if they can first get on the field at the same time.

Both quarterbacks missed the first meeting between the teams last month, and Darnold's status is uncertain for Sunday when the Jets visit the Bills on Sunday.

Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick of the Jets, has missed the last three games due to a sprained right foot, including a 41-10 drubbing by Buffalo on Nov. 11 in which third-stringer Matt Barkley guided the Bills to a 31-0 lead in the second quarter.

Darnold was a full participant in practice Wednesday but head coach Todd Bowles said it was too early to decide if the former USC standout would be back in the lineup in place of veteran Josh McCown for reeling New York, which is mired in a six-game losing streak.

"He has to stay healthy, he has to get the rust off and he has to get the game plan down," Bowles said when asked what he needs to see for Darnold to return to the starting lineup.

Allen missed four games earlier this season due to an elbow injury, but has provided a spark to one of the league's worst offenses with his legs as much as his arm since his return.

Taken four slots behind Darnold at No. 7, Allen helped the Bills defeat Jacksonville on Nov. 25, and very nearly produced a last-minute come-from-behind victory at Miami, only to see tight end Charles Clay fail to catch Allen's slightly underthrown fourth-down heave to the end zone.

Allen finished with 231 yards passing and 135 yards rushing against the Dolphins, producing 85 percent of Buffalo's total offense.

"He's a competitive player," said Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. "Tough, strong obviously, has made a lot of plays with his legs over the last two weeks. Can make them with his arm, too. I'm sure there's a few plays that Josh would like to have back, just like all of us when we don't come out on top.

"We're working each week to try to improve. I think he's taken steps, he's getting better."

Allen was forced into the lineup in the third quarter of the season opener due to the ineffectiveness of starter Nathan Peterman and struggled for the most part until he was injured in a loss to Houston on Oct. 14 and sidelined for more than a month.

The time off seems to have benefited Allen, who threw for 160 yards and rushed for 99 and a touchdown in the 24-21 win over the Jaguars. He made several key plays in that win and was the best player on the field in Miami, but still remains a work in progress.

"There's a lot of things, though, that we need to keep working on and harp on and improve on," said Daboll. "But each week he's been in there, there's been improvement. You'd like to hit all of those throws that we have and make all the right reads and all the decisions, but the young man is really fun to work with. Takes his craft really serious for a young player.

"There's going to be some downs. He's done OK the last couple weeks. I think that we've just got to keep grinding it out and really improving in all the stuff that we can."

Meanwhile, frustration continues to build for the Jets after they blew a 16-point lead in last week's 26-22 loss at Tennessee. It was the first time during the six-game slide that New York scored more than 16 points.

"Dumb mistakes at dumb times cost us ballgames. That's why we're in the position we're in," said Bowles. "We won't be a good football team until we're a smart football team."

Even if Darnold is able to return Sunday, there's no guarantee he will cure the team's offensive woes. Over his last three starts before he was injured, Darnold completed less than 50 percent of his passes with a pair of touchdowns and half of his 14 interceptions.

New York also could be without starting running back Isaiah Crowell, who was unable to practice Wednesday due to a toe injury.

Updated December 5, 2018

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