AFC East title race among 6 Week 18 storylines

The Jets will look to close out the 2021 season with a positive when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills in Week 18.

Plenty will be on the line in New York’s season finale, as the AFC East crown is still up for grabs between the Bills and Patriots. The Jets are not without anything to play for, though, as they would like to avenge their 45-17 loss to the Bills earlier this season with a win to put a bow on Robert Saleh’s first year as head coach.

Here are six storylines to know before the Jets and the Bills clash in the final week of the regular season.

AFC East title race

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Buffalo will be rolling all of its starters out on the field in Week 18, as a win over the Jets would give the Bills their second straight AFC East title. Buffalo could still win the AFC East if it loses and the Patriots also lose to the Dolphins, but the destiny of Sean McDermott’s team is in its own hands. Either way, the Bills have already clinched a playoff spot.

Zach Wilson’s first matchup with the Bills

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Wilson missed out on the Jets’ blowout loss to the Bills earlier this season due to a sprained MCL. Wilson watched as Buffalo picked Mike White off four times en route to a dominant 45-17 win, further establishing itself as one of the best defenses in the NFL. Wilson has made major strides over the last month, but taking on the Bills will be a big challenge for the rookie.

Jets likely down 2 key playmakers

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Braxton Berrios landed on injured reserve with a quad injury Friday, bringing an end to the most productive season of his NFL career. Berrios did it all for the Jets in 2021, catching 46 passes for 431 yards and two touchdowns, rushing seven times for 40 yards and two touchdowns, and leading the league in yards per kick return with 30.4. Elijah Moore, meanwhile, is trending toward not suiting up against the Bills, leaving New York without two of its most dynamic wide receivers. Moore has not played since…

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