ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Finally, the 2017 season is here.
This afternoon, the Jets and Bills will kick things off with first place in the AFC East on the line. That’s right: After the Patriots loss to the Chiefs on Thursday night, this game — for the time being — is for the top spot in the division.
Miss anything heading into this week’s game? Here’s a recap. Question, comment or concert? Drop a word or two in the comment box below.
* Predictions: NJ.com staff make picks
* Injuries: Will Jordan Leggett play?
* 5 keys to the game
* Matchups to monitor, and what to watch for
4 DOWNS: In 24 hours, Will Tye went from being cut by the Giants, to potentially starting for the Jets. Is he ready if called upon this afternoon? Read what he had to say.
BACK IN GREEN: Jeremy Kerley left the Jets last year and spent the season with the 49ers. After San Francisco cut him as part of its 53-man roster trim, he returned to the Jets. What does he think about returning to New York? Here’s what he said.
GET TO KNOW THE BILLS: Buffalo is a bit different from the team the Jets faced the last two years. Between a new coach, general manager, and group or promising young playmakers, they resemble little of the unit built by Rex Ryan. Here’s the rundown.
CONTAINING SHADY: The key to shutting down the Bills’ offense isn’t a secret. Things start and end with all-pro running back LeSean McCoy. The Jets were able to keep him in check in their two meetings last year. How? Linebacker Darron Lee weighed in.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: The Jets made the unorthodox decision to start two rookie safeties. The Bills — and most offenses this year — will surely want to challenge them. Are Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye ready? “Bring it on,” Adams said.
Speed reading: Here are some final links to get caught up on before the game.
* Time to temper hype on Jets’ defense?
* Bowles won’t name backup QB, offensive tackle or linebackers before game
* IRed-Lorenzo Mauldin still hopeful for 2017
* Hackenberg making progress?
* What can Jermaine Kearse bring to Jets?
* Will Jets regret cutting Ross Martin?
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