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Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

  1. Despite last year's 47-3 drubbing in Week 1 at Baltimore, the Bills have won three of their last five season openers, including the 2017 opener versus the New York Jets, 21-12. In 2018, the Bills were 6-0 when they had 0 or one turnovers, and 0-10 when they turned the ball over multiple times.
  2. The Jets won, 48-17, in Week 1 at Detroit in 2018, and have won six of their last eight season openers, dating back to 2011. New York started 2018, going 3-3, but lost nine of its last 10 to finish 4-12.
  3. The road team won each game in this series in 2018. The Bills won, 41-10, at the Jets in Week 10 behind recently-cut LeSean McCoy's 113 rushing yards and two rushing TD; The Jets won, 27-23, at Buffalo in Week 14, scoring 14 fourth-quarter points to overcome a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
  4. After returning from an elbow injury in Week 12, Josh Allen rushed for 476 yards (on just 54 attempts, 8.81 per carry) and five touchdowns. The 476 rushing yards were the eighth most in the NFL (by any position) from Week 12-17. He also threw for 200+ yards in each of the last five games of the season.
  5. Le'Veon Bell is set to make his Jets' debut in Week 1. Bell's last game was the 2017 Divisional playoff with Pittsburgh, a 45-42 loss versus Jacksonville. Bell tallied 155 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns (1 rush, 1 rec) before holding out and eventually not playing at all for the Steelers last season. Using a minimum of 60 career games, Bell's 129.0 scrimmage yards per game is currently the highest such total in NFL history.
  6. Through his first nine NFL games, Sam Darnold had an NFL-high 14 interceptions. Darnold missed the next three Jets games with an injured foot. When he returned in Week 14 at Buffalo, he was intercepted by the Bills' Tremaine Edmunds in the third quarter. After that, Darnold threw 114 consecutive passes without an interception.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New faces. New attitudes. New hopes.

The New York Jets made lots of major changes in the offseason. The Buffalo Bills did, too. The AFC East rivals are, of course, looking for much better results this season - starting with Sunday's opening game at MetLife Stadium.

"Great energy level, love it, but we've got to maintain that and we have to maintain that when there's adversity because in the NFL, it's never going to be smooth sailing," said Adam Gase, entering his first season as the Jets' coach. "Something's going to come up. We're going to lose somebody at some point where it's going to hurt and then the next guy has got to step up and the rest of the guys got to make sure they do their job."

The Jets haven't made the playoffs since the 2010 season, the second-longest drought in team history. They cleaned house from the front office on down through the roster, charging Gase and new general manager Joe Douglas with the task of getting back to the postseason and building a consistent winner.

That process starts with young building blocks such as quarterback Sam Darnold, safety Jamal Adams and rookie Quinnen Williams. The additions of running back Le'Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley will help things along.

"If you're a champion, if you're a competitor you want to win," Adams said. "I can probably speak for everybody: If you don't make it to the Super Bowl, that's not a successful season. No matter what it is. As a competitor, that's our goal and that's what we're striving for."

For the Bills, they slipped to 6-10 last year after going 9-7 and making the playoffs in Sean McDermott's first season, snapping a 17-year postseason drought.

They enter this season with a revamped offense that includes eight new starters, including four on the offensive line. The only returning starters are second-year quarterback Josh Allen, left tackle Dion Dawkins and fullback Patrick DiMarco.

The Bills' defense, which ranked No. 2 overall last season, returns mostly intact with the only departure Kyle Williams, who retired after 13 seasons. Buffalo filled his spot by drafting Ed Oliver in first round.

"I think there's a lot to prove with the guys that we've got on this team, we're very hungry," Allen said. "We're not going to talk a lot, we're not going to be in the media a lot. We want to focus in and play the best football we can and win as many football games as we can."

Here are some things to know about the season opener between the Bills and Jets:

BELL TOLLS

Bell will make his Jets debut after a 20-month layoff that included sitting out all of last season with Pittsburgh and signing a four-year, $52.5 million deal with New York in March.

He didn't play in a preseason game, but is healthy and eager to get on the field Sunday. Bell told Gase to not hold back on incorporating him into the game plan.

"I've been waiting a long time for this moment," the three-time Pro Bowl selection said.

The Bills know it, and expect to see shades of the same dominant running back who was one of the NFL's most versatile players before sitting out.

"He's a phenomenal player," Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes said. "He knows how to get his body back in shape."

ON THE RUN

While Buffalo put up stingy numbers overall, its run defense struggled last season. The Bills allowed 200-plus yards rushing three times last year.

Their red-zone defense also had its issues, allowing 34 touchdowns on 48 opponent possessions inside the 20. And Buffalo stopped an opponent from scoring any points just twice - and interception and missed field goal.

"We want to do so much more," safety Micah Hyde said. "We want to take it to the next level. We want to play the game within the game and get to stopping routes the offense runs, or stopping the runs the offense runs."

DARNOLD'S DEVELOPMENT

A key to the Jets' season will be the continued progress by Darnold, who threw six touchdown passes and just one interception in his last four games as a rookie.

Gase raved throughout the offseason and training camp about Darnold's mature approach to soaking up the playbook and his natural playmaking ability on the field. The coach also was excited about having a quarterback at this stage of his development, something he has never previously experienced.

"There's no limitations on him," Gase said, "and it's fun as a playcaller."

REPLACING SHADY

LeSean McCoy's departure came after the least productive season of his 10-year career. He became expendable as a result of rookie Devin Singletary's arrival and the offseason signing of Frank Gore .

The Bills felt there wasn't enough playing time in a running back-by-committee approach for McCoy to fit.

"He still looks like he's 25 somehow, no idea how," Gase said of the 36-year-old Gore, who was with the coach in Miami last year. "That's a good addition for them."

WELCOME TO NEW YORK (AND, NEW JERSEY)

Some other new faces expected to be key contributors this season:

Bills: wide receiver/kick returner Andre Roberts (a Pro Bowl pick with the Jets last season), center Mitch Morse, tight end Tyler Kroft, wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley.

Jets: defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, wide receiver Jamison Crowder, running back/wide receiver Ty Montgomery, center Ryan Kalil, cornerback Brian Poole, left guard Kelechi Osemele.

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AP Sports Writer John Wawrow in Orchard Park, New York, contributed.

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Updated September 5, 2019

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