Cheers and Jeers: Jets Bounce Bills 27-11


New York’s defensive performance was masterful confounding Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills prolific passing attack to the tune of a 27-11 road victory. Gang Green neutralized a Buffalo offense that came into Sunday’s game averaging 30.7 points per contest. Jets linebackers David Harris and Calvin Pace each intercepted Fitzpatrick who completed a season low 45 percent of his passes. Rex Ryan’s defensive unit has played at an elite level during the team’s current three-game winning streak, allowing only three offensive touchdowns over that span.


Quarterback Mark Sanchez relinquished the Jets first quarter momentum as his errant red zone interception halted the Jets 14 play 87 yard opening drive. New York chewed up over 10 minutes of game clock, showcasing an effective mix of run and pass with Buffalo’s defense backpedaling into the shadow of its own goal line. Sanchez hurled a pass intended for Dustin Keller but Bills safety Jarius Byrd hauled in the pick, shutting the door on New York’s methodical drive. New York’s signal caller regained his swagger in the second half, leading the Jets on three-touchdown scoring drives.


"I think our team is where we want to be right now,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “Obviously we knew this was going to be a tough game. Buffalo was undefeated here {at home}, playing really well. We also knew our team was going to come out guns blazing…I like the way our team played overall.”


The three first-half points were the fewest in a Jets first half since these two teams played a scoreless first 30 minutes in 2007 en route to Buffalo's 17-14 victory.


Joe McKnight, special teamer extraordinaire, took the second half kickoff 59 yards with kicker Ryan Lindell making a touchdown-saving shoestring tackle. McKnight’s return paved the way for New York’s 24 point second half surge.


Three short weeks ago the New York Jets were mired in a three-game skid with the proverbial dirt shoveled on its division title hopes. Now riding a three-game winning streak; New York has ascended into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East at a mark of 5-3. Next Sunday night 11/6, The Jets welcome the New England Patriots to Met-Life Stadium, aiming to hand their arch rivals a third straight loss as the Patriots did to New York in Week 5. The stage is set for an AFC East clash in which no love is lost between players, fans or coaches. Kickoff is slated for 8:30PM, so get your popcorn ready!

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