THE GAME: The Buffalo Bills (7-8) at the Jets (4-11) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.
THE WEATHER: Here's your bright side to this game: The weather probably won't be frightful, with sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-40s and light winds.
WHAT IT MEANS: I've got nothing.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Jets DE Leonard Williams. In the search for bright spots in this miserable season, there really aren't many. But the Jets did get promising performances from a few young players, none better than Williams, who showed signs of becoming a top-tier defensive end in the near future. With seven sacks, he was by far the Jets most consistent pass-rusher and a good run-stopper as well. His presence is a big reason why the Jets will likely again look to trade Sheldon Richardson in the offseason. The building blocks of any rebuilding team are usually a quarterback and someone on the other side who can disrupt a quarterback. So heading into 2017, as the Jets face what might be a massive roster turnover, at least they have half that equation worked out.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Bills WR Sammy Watkins against Jets CB Darrelle Revis. The last time the Jets faced the Bills, Revis was torched by Marquise Goodwin. As everyone knows, he's been regularly beaten most of the year. Watkins is likely to be the go-to guy for quarterback E.J. Manuel, who is replacing Tyrod Taylor and making his first start since Oct., 2015, so it's worth watching whenever he's matched up on Revis. Honestly, it's worth watching Revis anyway. There's a pretty good chance this is his final game as a Jet, unless he's willing to take a massive pay cut and, probably, switch to safety. Even that might not be enough to keep him in green, though. One more game probably won't matter either way, nor will it affect his overall legacy. It's been difficult this year, but at least try to remember how great he once was.
THE PICK: The Jets, in the last four weeks, have an overtime win over a 1-14 team and three losses by a combined score of 116-26. If they haven't actually quit on head coach Todd Bowles, they should win an Academy Award for their portrayal of a team that has quit on its coach. They've had nothing to play for and played like they know it. They couldn't even muster much of an effort to help out second-year QB Bryce Petty in his fight for a job for next season. Now, with Petty hurt, they get Ryan Fitzpatrick back which maybe could give a boost to the offense. Probably not much of one, though. Meanwhile, the Bills got a boost of energy of their own when Rex Ryan was fired -- apparently to the relief of many of his defensive players -- and Anthony Lynn replaced him as interim coach. Word is that this is kind of a one-game tryout for Lynn, who might get the permanent job as Ryan's replacement. So you know he's taking it seriously. And if he's as popular with his players as some reports suggest, they're likely to take it seriously, too. Starting Manuel at quarterback won't help his cause, but against this underachieving Jets defense it likely won't hurt much, either. So to sum up, the Bills have motivation. The Jets have none. Some of the Jets will probably keep their cars running in the parking lot so they can get out of town as soon as this game ends. They've looked for a month like they just don't want to be here anymore. ... Bills 23, Jets 17.
MY RECORD: 11-4
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING JETS TO WIN: 3-3
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING JETS TO LOSE: 8-1