When Do the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets Play Next?
Are the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets Rivals?
Yes, the Bills and Jets are longtime division rivals, both playing in the AFC East. This NFL rivalry has been fueled by each team being from different parts of New York, and a history of battles for the division title.
Who are the Buffalo Bills’ Biggest Rivals?
The Bills’ biggest rivalry is with the Miami Dolphins. The two longtime AFC East teams are are geographic opposites, with the Dolphins playing in the Sunshine State, while the Bills play in Upstate New York. Still, the foes battled for division titles in much of the ’80s and ’90s. The Bills also have rivalries with two other AFC East teams in the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.
Who are the New York Jets’ Biggest Rivals?
The Jets’ biggest rivalry is arguably with the New England Patriots. The Patriots have controlled much of the recent rivalry, but the two teams have battled throughout the history of their matchups.
The Jets also have a rivalry with the New York Giants, who they share a stadium with, and divisional rivalries with the Dolphins and Bills.
Game Results Between the Jets & Bills
The Jets and Bills have played each other more than 125 times over their storied histories, with the Bills leading the all-time series through the end of the 2022 NFL season. The two teams have played each other just once in the playoffs: in 1981, with the Bills winning that game 31-27.
Most fans of each team would argue the most notable game between the Jets and Bills is their lone playoff meeting in 1981. The Bills had earned a playoff berth for the first time in 16 seasons. The Bills and Jets played in a Wild Card game at Shea Stadium, the former home of the Jets. The opening kickoff was fumbled by the Jets and returned by the Bills’ Charles Romes, before Buffalo took a 24-10 lead to the locker room at half time.
In the second half, the Jets would claw their way back in the game behind late touchdowns from Bobby Jones and Kevin Long to make the score 31-27. The Jets drove down the field with a chance to take the lead, but their quarterback Richard Todd was picked off at the goal line by Bill Simpson, and the Buffalo Bills held on for the win.
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Location||Winner||Score|
|11/06/2022||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||20-17|
|12/29/2019||Bills||Jets||Highmark Stadium||NY Jets||13-6|
|12/09/2018||Bills||Jets||Highmark Stadium||NY Jets||27-23|
|11/02/2017||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||34-21|
|01/01/2017||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||30-10|
|09/15/2016||Bills||Jets||Highmark Stadium||NY Jets||37-31|
|09/22/2013||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||27-20|
|09/09/2012||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||48-28|
|11/27/2011||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||28-24|
|11/06/2011||Bills||Jets||Highmark Stadium||NY Jets||27-11|
|01/02/2011||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||38-7|
|10/03/2010||Bills||Jets||Highmark Stadium||NY Jets||38-14|
|12/14/2008||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||31-27|
|11/02/2008||Bills||Jets||Highmark Stadium||NY Jets||26-17|
|09/24/2006||Bills||Jets||Highmark Stadium||NY Jets||28-20|
|01/01/2006||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||30-26|
|10/10/2004||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||16-14|
|10/12/2003||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||30-3|
|11/24/2002||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||31-13|
|09/08/2002||Bills||Jets||Highmark Stadium||NY Jets||37-31|
|10/07/2001||Bills||Jets||Highmark Stadium||NY Jets||42-36|
|09/17/2000||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||27-14|
|11/21/1999||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||17-7|
|12/19/1998||Bills||Jets||Highmark Stadium||NY Jets||17-10|
|11/08/1998||Jets||Bills||MetLife Stadium||NY Jets||34-12|
Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets History
The Bills and Jets rivalry first began in 1960 when both teams were part of the start-up American Football League. Both teams joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger, and have been part of the AFC East ever since.
The early rivalry saw short winning streaks going to each franchise. The Jets were an early powerhouse in the AFL, winning the 1968 Super Bowl, behind the arm of star quarterback Joe Namath.
The mid-’80s saw a dominant stretch by the Jets, with the team winning eight straight games from 1984 until the streak was snapped during the 1987 season in a 17-14 loss to Buffalo.
That win for Buffalo led to a streak of dominance through the late ’90s, during which the Bills won 18 games in the series compared to just three for the Jets. This stretch included a 10-game winning streak for the Bills from 1987 until the 1992 season.
The late ’00s were some of the best in Jets franchise history, with New York controlling the AFC East and the rivalry. The Jets would win eight of nine games between 2008 and 2012.
Recently, the Bills have been one of the most dominant teams in the NFL. A young core led by quarterback Josh Allen has led a prolific offense, but one of the most stunning upsets in the rivalry took place in the 2022 season when the Jets beat the Bills 20-17 behind a stout defensive performance.
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