New York Jets 28 Buffalo Bills 24
With playoff hopes on the line the Buffalo Bills traveled to the Meadow Lands to take on their divisional rivals, the New York Jets, and came up just short losing 28-24. Just to be clear playoff hopes were on the line as these .500 teams squared off. Even with the victory, the Jets have an outside chance a best for the post season and the Bills are finished.
After the past three weeks it looked like the Buffalo offense couldn’t run, or pass for that matter, without Fred Jackson. For the rest of the season they will have to find a way to deliver without Fred-Ex, and not because of defensive schemes, as he has been placed on IR with a broken fibula. It seems Coach Chan Gailey and company found the answers this week as the Bills found the end zone three times with three different receivers. CJ Spiller is now the feature back in this offense and last year’s first round pick managed 55 yards on 19 carries with three receptions.
The real play maker for the Bills this week was quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions. This was Fitzy’s first positive touchdown/interception ratio since October 30th against the woeful Washington Redskins. It has been a difficult November for the Bills. Things haven’t been much better for the Jets who lost their past two games since beating the Bills at the beginning of the month. Mark Sanchez also had a nice game this week after 41 year old Mark Brunell took some snaps with the first team offense. Sanchez threw four touchdowns with one pick and 180 yards after a terrible start to the game.
Defensively neither team brought their A game. It was more like a B- to C+ kind of game. Even Darelle Revis had a difficult day covering Steve Johnson. The
Bills wide out had eight catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. It should have been a much bigger day for Johnson including a possible Like a Boss award and, almost as important, a Buffalo win. He dropped a sure catch as the Bills tried to answer the game winning score and after his TD got an excessive celebration penalty after he mocked Plaxico Burress’ nightclub incident, Santonio Holmes’ Jet dance and then crashed and burned. Kicker Dave Rayner was forced to attempt the kick off from the 20 yard line and he completely screwed it up. Seriously check out the video.
The Bills made costly mistakes with the botched kick off and nine penalties for 85 yards as the patchwork offensive line worked to acclimate themselves to game speed as a unit, and the Jets turned the ball over twice. This kept the game close and exciting. Sanchez looked like the quarterback Rex Ryan wants to see all the time as the Jets drove 82 yards for the game winning score in the fourth quarter.
The Jets are still on the outside looking in with the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers currently ahead of them for the playoff picture. With the Redskins, Chiefs and Dolphins on their remaining schedule the Jets are a safe bet to go 10-6 with the other two games coming against the Eagles and Giants. However, the way things are shaping up that may not be good enough. The Bills looked similar to the Bills of last season playing a tough game, Steve Johnson putting on a great touchdown celebration and Steve Johnson dropping a wide open catch. Maybe next week they will bounce back at home.
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