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Jets Dominate Buffalo 27-11
Bills have total clunker in bad division loss.
by Steve Saslow
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Week 9
Jets  27
Bills  11
Gameday Grades
The Skinny:
The Bills offense finally struggled for a full sixty minutes as the Jets dominated the Bills 27-11 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Jets controlled the first half but only led 3-0 after a comedy of errors by both teams as they turned the ball over back and forth. The Jets stopped beating themselves in the 2nd half while still beating the Bills as they pulled away thanks to three second half touchdowns to open up a 27-3 lead. A late garbage touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to David Nelson followed by Fitz scrambled for the two point conversion made the final score a bit more respectable.

The Turning Point:
I'll go with the Jets holding the Bills to a field goal when they were driving down 13-0. If the Bills got seven there it was a new ball game. Getting three was just deflating evidence by the Jets marching right down the field for a touchdown to put the game away.

The Big Drive:
The Jets thwarted any chance of a Bills comeback after that Lindell field goal. They just marched down the field in impressive fashion going 79 yards in just three plays to go up by 17. The drive was aided by a 42 yard pass interference penalty against Leodis McKelvin and culminated with an 8 yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes.

Stat I Did Like:
Holding the Jets to 126 yards rushing on 39 carries for just a 3.2 yard average.

Stat I Didn't Like:
The time of possession: The Jets had the ball 37:52 and the Bills had it for only 22:08.

Quick Slants:
- Bills owner Ralph Wilson attended his first game of the year home or on the road. He was on the field before the game on a golf cart. He has been recovering from a broken hip. Marv Levy was also in attendance today.
- Luke Russert "lead the charge" on to the field for the Bills. He is the son of the late Tim Russert.
- The whiteout at the Ralph was for the most part successful as the place was draped in all white thanks to the road uniforms, the fans, and the pom poms that were given out.
- Scott Norwood received the Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Award before the game.
- The team had a video tribute to the late Kent Hull before the game.

My Take:
The Bills didn't have a total clunker of a game all season long. They were bound to have one but to do it at home against a division rival just leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. It's one thing if they had a clunker next week in Dallas but this week it's not acceptable. They just made their road to their first playoff appearance in 11 years that much tougher. It was a must win for the Jets and they got it in impressive fashion.

What's Ahead:
It doesn't get easier for the Bills as they look to bounce back. They face a daunting three game road trip which starts with a rare trip to Dallas to take on an inconsistent but dangerous Cowboys team.

Gameballs

  • Brian Moorman - Punted the ball very well averaged 47.5 yards on four punts, two dropped inside the 20. He pulled double duty doing kickoffs after Lindell's injury. He kicked one into the end zone and had an onside kick that was fumbled but recovered by the Jets.


  • Goats
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick - Picked a bad time to have his worst game as a Bill.
  • Chan Gailey - Didn't have his team ready to play for what was the biggest game in seven years.
  • Leodis McKelvin - Showed once again how awful he is with very poor technique on his pass interference penalty.


  • Player Of The Week
  • Brian Moorman - In a game like this the punter is the only option for this award.


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