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ORCHARD PARK White Tremaine Edmunds Jerseys , N.Y. (AP) — The only time rookie quarterbacks Josh Allen and Sam Darnold got on the field when the Bills faced the Jets a month ago was to shake hands following Buffalo’s lopsided victory.On Sunday, much more is anticipated from both when the two AFC East teams meet in Orchard Park.Allen, drafted seventh overall, will make his third start for Buffalo since missing four games with a sprained right throwing elbow. And the Jets’ Darnold, drafted third, is on track to return since missing three games with a strained right foot.The focus on the two quarterbacks represents one of the few reasons for intrigue in a meeting of teams — Buffalo is 4-8 and the Jets 3-9 — with little on the line entering the final month.Just don’t ask Jets coach Todd Bowles to commit to starting Darnold despite the rookie being a full participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday.“Trying to get him better and getting him healthy, and then we’ll go from there,” Bowles said, when asked if he could satisfy people’s curiosity over who’ll start. “I’m not really looking to making people happy.”The Jets haven’t done much to make anyone happy for plenty of other reasons.In losing six straight, they’ve followed one low point with another, while raising questions over Bowles’ job security.There was New York’s 41-10 loss to the Bills, after which Bowles said: “We stunk it up as coaches, we stunk it up as players.”Then came last weekend, when the Jets squandered a 16-0 lead in a 26-22 loss at Tennessee. Bowles referred to the collapse as “one of them games you’ll remember for the rest of your life.”Continuing Darnold’s development then becomes the priority, much like the Bills’ approach to Allen.Both have had their inconsistencies.In Week 2, Darnold became the NFL’s youngest quarterback to top 300 yards passing in a 20-12 loss to Miami. On the downside, he also leads the league with 14 interceptions, including four in his last start Tremaine Edmunds Jerseys 2019 , a 13-6 loss to Miami.Allen was erratic, going 69 of 114 for 657 yards and two touchdowns, with five interceptions and a lost fumble in his first five starts. He has shown signs of progress by going 26 of 52 for 391 yards with three TDs and two interceptions in his past two.Allen is also proving to be an adept scrambler by combining for 234 yards rushing and a touchdown in the past two games.“We’re watching a young man grow and develop right in front of our eyes,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said.The Jets can only hope for the same once Darnold returns.“Before he got hurt, he was developing. He was seeing the defenses better. He was making his reads. He was making his audibles and checks at the line,” Bowles said. “That part of it we were very pleased with. Some of those things he’ll have to get back.”Here are other things to know when the Jets and Bills square off:BAD MEMORIESThe Jets insist they’ve moved on from the Bills’ loss, a game they trailed 31-3 at the half, and were outgained 451 to 199 yards offense. They haven’t forgotten, however.“Let’s cut to the chase, man — it’s personal,” safety Jamal Adams said. “They came in and they whooped us, man. They don’t like us. We don’t like them.”SPUTTERING JETSThe Jets have scored one or fewer touchdown in a franchise-worst five consecutive games. They’ve also been limited to one field goal on 17 fourth-quarter possessions over their past four games. Eight ended with punts, five with interceptions, two on downs and one missed field goal.Bowles said the blame is on the entire offense, and not simply first-year offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.“It’s not from a lack of trying or everybody trying,” Bowles said. “It just hasn’t happened and it’s extremely frustrating that we can’t get a touchdown instead of field goals.”IMPROVING BILLSAfter going through three starters in their first nine games, the Bills averaged 248 yards offense and 10.6 points an outing.The past three games, including Matt Barkley’s one start against the Jets Color Rush Thomas Sweeney Jersey , the Bills are averaging 398 yards offense and 27.3 points.Allen said the improvement goes beyond statistics. “It’s the feel that we have. It’s the chemistry in the locker room right now,” he said.RARE TAKEAWAYSThe Jets tied an NFL record by going five straight without forcing a turnover. That drought ended when Trumaine Johnson returned a pass from Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota 31 yards for a touchdown.By comparison, the Jets have the NFL’s fourth-most giveaways (24), one fewer than Buffalo.THE FUTURE IS NOWAfter releasing receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes on Tuesday, the Bills could have as many as five starters on offense with less than two years of NFL experience. Their defense already features four players in their first or second seasons. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media dropped a bomb (or, as it may ultimately have been, a deuce) on the sports world by reporting late Thursday that the Steelers were close to trading receiver Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills.The tweet, posted at 11:28 p.m. ET, cited “sources” in support of this proclamation: “The Steelers are closing in on a deal to send star WR Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills. There it is.”Only there it isn’t.The pushback began not long after, with multiple reports indicating that a deal isn’t close, and that a deal isn’t even happening. Brown himself called it “fake news.” Adam Schefter of ESPN, who surely is delighted that one of his rivals apparently swung and missed (then again, “there are people who tell you things that sometimes come to be and sometimes don鈥檛“), posted a string of tweets saying that a trade to the Bills is “unlikely,” that a trade wasn’t “ever close to happening,” that talks with the Bills were “dead on Wednesday,” and that “nothing is close.”We heard from a source at about 3:00 a.m. ET who called the NFL Media report “erroneous,” and who said that a deal to the Bills is “not even close.”So what the hell is going on? Rapoport surely didn’t make it up. Someone (multiple someones Youth Thomas Sweeney Jersey , given the use of “sources”) whom he presumed to be in the know may have given him bad information, either accidentally or intentionally. If it was an accident, and if more than one person gave Rapoport false information accidentally, that would be unusual, to say the least.A deliberate leak of false information regarding an impending trade would make sense in this context, because the Steelers have created an artificial deadline of Friday for teams to get their best offers to the table. And if the goal is to hold an auction, a false report that a team is close to trading for Brown becomes the “” aimed at getting someone/anyone to jump.It’s also possible that a deal for a trade between the Steelers and Bills was close, and that no one had bothered to gauge Brown’s level of interest in playing for the Bills, or the Bills level of interest in paying Brown more than the $39 million he’s due to make over the next three years. That would make Rapoport’s report true when it was posted, but it would make elements of Schefter’s tweets incorrect, especially the “dead on Wednesday” assertion.Then there’s the possibility that someone deliberately lied to Rapoport with the sole purpose of making him look bad. Likewise, there’s a theoretical chance that someone leaked within the Steelers or the Bills false information to a suspected leaker in the hopes of smoking out whether that person would indeed leak it. (Yes, that has happened before.)Then there’s this final possibility: The trade actually is going to happen. During the first segment of Friday’s , I got this text from Rapoport: “This deal is going through. Just confirmed again. My gut says AB doesn’t want to show.”So, basically, Friday is about to get interesting.

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