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RB Anthony Allen - Buffalo Bills

6-1, 228Born: 8-8-1988College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 7

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Week 8: at New York Jets

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. 'This is the opportunity I've been waiting for, to get back in that workhorse role and show people what I can do,' Anthony Dixon said after the game last Sunday. 'I feel like I really didn't get labeled right coming out of college. People tried to do something else with me, make me somebody that I really wasn't. ... Put me in short-yardage, say I couldn't run routes or I ain't got hands. I don't see what they're seeing. I'm ready for the opportunity.' However, the Bills also have Bryce Brown to bring into the mix, and head coach Doug Marrone said he has 'no problem bringing up' Brown from the practice squad. Fred Jackson predicted the team 'wouldn't miss a beat' with Brown in the lead role. There will be jockeying for position/touches between Dixon and Brown this week - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on this developing situation as the weekend games come closer in time. Both will get opportunities to prove what they can do with both C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone, out indefinitely but probably for the season) and Jackson (out due to a groin injury for 3-4 weeks) injuries. The Jets' rush D started off the year with a bang, but has faded to eighth in the NFL allowing an average of 88 yards rushing per game, with two rushing scores handed out as of Week 8. Last week, the Jets held the Patriots to 16/53/0 rushing as a team (but dual-threat back Shane Vereen scored twice as a pass receiver) - Denver had 33/138/0 rushing vs. the Jets two games back. This is a tough but not impossible matchup for Brown and Dixon. NFC East games are always hard-fought, unpredictable affairs.

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8@ New York Jets
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Kansas City Chiefs
11@ Miami Dolphins
12vs New York Jets
13vs Cleveland Browns
14@ Denver Broncos
15vs Green Bay Packers
16@ Oakland Raiders
17@ New England Patriots