Monday, November 7, 2011
Report Card: Jets at Bills
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Mark Sanchez connected with six different receiving targets for 230 yards completing 71 percent of his pass attempts. The Jets were off to yet another sluggish start producing only three points through the first half of play. Sanchez’s two hiccups, an opening drive end zone interception and a second quarter fumbled snap were deflating moments for New York’s offense early on. Gang Green pulled through in the latter half; capitalizing on great starting field position to hand the Bills their first home loss of the season.
The Jets fed the Bills a steady diet of run, compiling 39 rushing attempts for 112 yards. LaDanian Tomlinson and fullback John Conner both found the end zone on one yard touchdown rumbles. New York’s ground game was anything but explosive, with Shonn Greene’s ten yard scamper marking the team’s longest run, but the Jets brought a bruising and physical fight to the Bills keeping them on their heels all afternoon.
The Jets secondary blanketed Buffalo’s receiving corps victimizing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the process. David Harris and Calvin Pace tallied an interception apiece as Fitzpatrick struggled to find an open receiver producing a measly quarterback rating of 51.9. Oddly enough, Gang Green did not record a sack on Sunday, but their staunch man-to-man coverage disrupted Buffalo’s timing culminating in the Bills worst offensive output of the season.
Fred Jackson was held under 100 yards rushing for just the third time this season. The Jets keyed on Jackson fully aware that the fifth year tailback has been a one-man wrecking crew for Buffalo this season. New York’s front seven played stout against the run bottling up the Bills and their No. 3 ranked rushing attack.
Joe McKnight nearly broke a kick return for a score to start the second half and Nick Folk connected on two field goals (49,50) while barely missing a 50 yard attempt in the third quarter. The Jets special teams set the offense up with prime field position fueling the Jets second half offensive eruption.
Rex Ryan has his team peeking at the right time as they look towards their colossal matchup with the Patriots Sunday night. The Jets played sound fundamental defense forcing Buffalo into a one-dimensional offensive attack. New York has a lofty task in handing New England its third straight loss, but with the Jets on the upswing and Patriots on the downturn that feat seems more and more attainable. Kudos to Gang Green’s coaching staff for lifting the Jets to their most complete win on the season.