Greetings from atop the Meadowlands, Jet fans. I’ll be providing live updates and analysis from the press box at Giants Stadium as the Jets take on the Buffalo Bills in today’s Week 6 matchup. Kickoff is set for 4:15 so sit tight!
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — 3:35 p.m: Suddenly, the Jets’ loss two weeks ago in New Orleans doesn’t seem all that bad. The New Orleans offense is absolutely decimating the Giants’ defense right now, 41-17, heading into the fourth.
3:37 p.m: In case you haven’t heard yet, both Brad Smith and Jerricho Cotchery will be inactive for today’s game. David Clowney will get the start in place of J-Co.
The Jets will catch a break as Bills’ kick returner and human highlight-reel Roscoe Parrish is not active for today’s game. He did practice this week but was listed on the injury report with a thigh injury.
3:42 p.m: Jets captains for today’s game will be Nick Mangold, David Clowney, Darrelle Revis, Jim Leonhard, and everyone’s favorite new slot receiver–Danny Woodhead.
4:05 p.m: Bills run out of the tunnel to a generous amount of boos. Guess not too many Buffalo fans made the trip down to the swamp.
4:07 p.m: Jets about to make their grand entrance here on Fan Appreciation Day. Here come the pyrotechnics.
4:10 p.m: I just got the chills as Darrelle Revis came out of the tunnel with “Empire State of Mind” blaring over the Meadowlands’ speakers. It’s game time.
4:15 p.m: Buffalo wins the toss and have pulled a Rex Ryan-esque move, opting to defer. Does anyone ever elect to receive anymore or is that a thing of the past? Wind is wicked right now inside the stadium.
4:16 p.m: After a series of cutbacks, shimmies and shakes, Leon Washington is forced out at the 19.
4: 20 p.m: Jets go three and out on their first possession.
4:30 p.m: After a holding penalty and a false start penalty, Buffalo’s promising first possession is thwarted. On third and long, Edward’s check down to T.O. is stopped by Vernon Gholston. The Bills are forced to settle for a 33-yard field goal by Rian Lindell, to take a 3-0 lead.
4:36 p.m: After a 13-yard run by Leon Washington on first down, the Jets are unable to make anything of their second possession. Sanchez overthrows Braylon Edwards on third down, unable to convert on third down for the second straight possession. UPDATE: The Bills are whistled for too many men on the field, and the Jets take advantage. On 4th and inches, Thomas Jones grinds for two yards.
4:46 p.m: The Jets convert their first third down of the day as Sanchez completes an 11-yard play action roll-out to Dustin Keller. Two plays later Leon Washington takes it down the left sideline for 25 yards, bringing the Jets down to the 11-yard line.
4:49 p.m: After falling short on third down, Jay Feely converts his 23rd straight field goal attempt to tie this ballgame up at 3-3 with 35 seconds to go in the first quarter. With the field goal, Feely breaks the New York Jets franchise record, previously held by Pat Leahy.
4:57 p.m: One quarter in the books here at Giants Stadium. Pretty mediocre quarter by the Jets who up until the fortunate penalties, made the Bills offense look like the Saints on that first drive. Lucky to be tied right now.
5:01 p.m: The Jets get their first sack in what feels like forever, as Calvin Pace and David Harris wrap up Trent Edwards on third down. It’s the teams’ first sack in three games. Bills are forced to punt on their first possession of the second quarter.
5:09 p.m: Taking over at their own 30, Mark Sanchez wastes no time in giving it right back to the Buffalo Bills. On the drive’s first play, Sanchez’s pass goes off the fingertips of Braylon Edwards and right into the hands of Bills DB Jairus Byrd. Bills take over at their own 38 yard line with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback.
5:14 p.m: Terrell Owens drops a third down pass (his tenth of the season) from Fitzpatrick and is shaken up on the play. One and half quarters into this game, and Buffalo’s offense is dropping like flies. Jets take over at their own 9 after the punt.
5:19 p.m: Thomas Jones breaks off a 64-yard run down the right side, the longest of his career, setting the Jets up at Buffalo 20. “Breaks off” is a loose term as Jones was unable to shake the one defender he needed to beat. Leon Washington or Shonn Greene most likely would’ve been able to bring that one to the house. Perhaps T-Jones should ease up on the Muscle Milk.
5:24 p.m: On fourth-and-1 from the 19, the Jets elect to go for it, sort of. Sanchez attempts to draw Buffalo offsides but is unsuccessful. The Jets are whistled for a delay of game penalty, setting up a 41-yard field goal attempt for Jay Feely. Feely connects for the 24th straight occasion, putting the Jets on top 6-3, with 9:39 remaining in the first half.
5:32 p.m: Marshawn Lynch is stopped by big Kris Jenkins on third down, forcing Buffalo to punt for the third straight possession. After a Braylon Edwards holding penalty, Thomas Jones takes off on his second big run of the day, a 71-yard stampede down the right side. This time, Jones reaches the end zone, extending the Jets’ lead to 13-3 with 7:31 to go in the half. Jones must have heard me…
5:37 p.m: A bit of history: Thomas Jones’ 71-yard run is the longest by a New York Jet since–ready for this name Jet fans–Adrian Murrell’s 78-yard run in Arizona in 1996.
5:40 p.m: Kris Jenkins is down and being attended to by the Jets’ medical staff. Jenkins left leg appeared to buckle under him on the last play.
5:44 p.m: On third down, Fitzpatrick is hit by Kerry Rhodes and coughs up the football, which is recovered by Jets LB Bryan Thomas. Buffalo is challenging the ruling on the field that it was a fumble. Going back to Jenkins, the more I look at that replay, the worse the injury looks.
5:46 p.m: The ruling on the field is overturned, and the play is ruled an incomplete pass. 4:48 remaining in the half as Buffalo punts once again.
5:51 p.m: On second-and-6, Sanchez checks down to Leon Washington who gets to the outside and takes off down the right sideline for 33 yards, down to the Buffalo 48. Sanchez is unable to connect with Dustin Keller on third down and the Jets are forced to punt. Buffalo takes over at their own 12 with 2:23 to go in the half.
5:53 p.m: Just got word that Jenkins has a knee injury and his return is “questionable”.
5:58 p.m: Three straight great plays by Darrelle Revis on first, second and third down. On third down, Fitzpatrick completes a short pass to Owens, but Revis comes off a block to combine for the tackle with Eric Smith. Owens is knocked back for a four-yard loss and the Bills are forced to punt…again.
6:03 p.m: Dustin Keller drops a third down pass from Sanchez. However, on the fourth down punt by Weatherford, the ball appeared to hit the foot of Buffalo’s Josh Reed on a bounce and was pounced on by Larry Izzo, just inside the Buffalo 30 yard line. The play is currently under review. Also, just got word that Trent Edwards will not return to this game.
6:08 p.m: The ruling on the field stands and the Jets take over at the Buffalo 29. Mark Sanchez is sacked on 2nd down for a loss of 7 yards and recovers his own fumble. On third down, Sanchez hands off to Leon Washington for a gain of six yards, setting up a 44-yard attempt for Jay Feely. Rushing to beat the halftime clock, Feely’s kick is wide left, snapping his streak of 23 consecutive field goal attempts, and closing the curtain on an UGLY first half of football.
Halftime thoughts: After a promising first possession, the Buffalo Bills offense has proved to be as bad as advertised, amounting for only 119 yards in the first half. It didn’t help though that Trent Edwards was knocked out of this game early.
The story of this game so far has been the performance of Thomas Jones, who after breaking off runs of 71 and 64 yards, leads the Jets with 154 yards on nine carries and a touchdown, going into the half. Without the two game-breaking plays by Jones, the Jets offense would be lost. Mark Sanchez has struggled through the windy conditions, completing only 4 of 14 passes for 56 yards with an interception in the first half.
Both teams have shown a severe inability to convert on third down, as they combined for 1 for 14 on third down conversions in the first half.
Also, as I stated earlier the injury to Kris Jenkins does not look good at all. We haven’t gotten any official word yet but I’d be very surprised if he returned to this game.
6:23 p.m: After Fred Jackson nearly takes the second-half kickoff all the way to the house, Buffalo is whistled for an illegal block in the back. They’ll start their drive at their own 21.
6:24 p.m: On third-and-4, Terrell Owens drops yet another pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick, sending out the Buffalo punt team.
6:29 p.m: Mark Sanchez’s pass to Dustin Keller is picked off by Bills safety George Wilson, who made an incredible play on the ball. Buffalo takes over at the New York 43.
6:36 p.m: After a series of runs by Jackson and Lynch, Buffalo brought the ball down inside the Jets 10-yard line. On third down, Marshawn Lynch was stopped by Kerry Rhodes and Marques Douglas, for a one-yard loss. A Meadowlands crowd which had been dead for quite some time finally erupted.
6:39 p.m: Lindell’s 25-yard field goal attempt sails through, and the Bills are back on the board for the first time since their opening possession. Jets lead 13-6, 7:45 to go in the third.
6:44 p.m: Good evening Mr. Edwards. Braylon makes his first catch of the game, an 8-yard completion on first down with 6:36 remaining in the third quarter.
6:45 p.m: Two plays later, Sanchez makes a terrible throw off his back foot downfield to Braylon Edwards. The ball is under-thrown into a crowd of Buffalo defenders. Jairus Byrd makes his second interception of the day.
6:52 p.m: On third down, Fitzpatrick is picked off by Lito Sheppard, but the veteran corner is whistled for illegal contact on the play. On the very next play, Fitzpatrick completes an 18-yard pass to Corey McIntyre, bringing Buffalo down to the Jet 40-yard line. Three plays later, Fitzpatrick finds an open Lee Evans who takes the pass 37-yards to the house. This one’s tied up.
7:00 p.m: Thomas Jones is carrying the Jets on his back right now. The ten-year veteran caught a 10-yard pass on third down and gained eight yards on the ground on the next play, as the third quarter comes to a close. The Jets need to keep going to Jones, because Mark Sanchez has been atrocious.
7:03 p.m: Mark Sanchez’s horrendous day continues, as the rookie is picked off for the fourth time today. This one comes at the hands of Buffalo CB Reggie Corner. Bills take over at their own 22-yard line.
7:15 p.m: After coming up with another big third down stop, the Jets are pinned inside their own five by Bills punter Brian Moorman. Huge possession for Gang Green with just over nine minutes remaining.
7:24 p.m: On second down, Mark Sanchez is sacked by Chris Draft for a 16-yard loss, crippling a promising fourth-quarter drive and forcing the Jets to punt with 4:12 remaining. After Fred Jackson’s 27-yard return, Buffalo takes over at the Jet 49-yard line.
7: 28 p.m: After a 12-yard completion to Lee Evans, an eight-yard rush by Fred Jackson brings us down to the two minute warning.
7:35 p.m: On a critical third-and-1, Fitzpatrick sneaks up the middle for 2 yards. This game will come down to a 45-yard Ryan Lindell field goal attempt.
7:36 p.m: Lindell’s kick is wide right and the Jets have new life. Not sure why Buffalo didn’t try to center the ball for Lindell. Overtime here we come. Jets win the toss and will receive.
7:40 p.m: Leon Washington returns the kickoff 26 yards but flags are thrown on the play. In a bizarre bonehead move, special teamer James Ihedigbo threw a punch and was called for unnecessary roughness on the play. The Jets were knocked back to their own 15 and Ihedigbo was ejected from the game.
7: 44 p.m: On a fake reverse, Washington runs up the middle and down the right sideline for 33 yards, bringing the Jets down to the Buffalo 29. Two plays earlier, Mark Sanchez had connected with Braylon Edwards on a 22-yard deep ball. Edwards made a great grab on another less than stellar throw from the rookie.
7:48 p.m: After a devastating 10-yard holding penalty by TE, Ben Hartsock, the Jets are pushed back to the 32 yard line where Jay Feely is sent on to attempt a 50 yard field goal. However, Steve Weatherford bobbled the snap and threw the ball up for grabs, turning the ball over on downs.
7:50 p.m: Fitzpatrick’s pass on third down intended for Lee Evans is incomplete. The Jets will get yet another chance to win this game.
7:53 p.m: After a false start penalty by Dustin Keller, the Jets begin the drive at their own 2. Sanchez’s pass on third down intented for Keller is incomplete. After Weatherford’s punt, the Bills take over at their own 45-yard line.
7:56 p.m: On second down, Dwight Lowery steps in front of Lee Evans and intercepts Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets take over at their own 46.
7: 58 p.m: On third down, Mark Sanchez is intercepted by Buffalo’s Paul Posluszny, his fifth pick of the day.
8:05 p.m: Lee Evans makes a phenomenal grab on a sideline ball near the end zone. It is ruled a catch by the official but the play is under review. If it stands, Buffalo will have first-and-goal around the two yard line. Looks like Evans bobbled the ball on the replay, but we’ll see. 3:38 remaining in this one.
8: 07 p.m: Another gift for the Jets. The call is reversed after it was established that Evans did not have control of the ball. Buffalo ball on the 33 yard line.
8: 10 p.m: So here comes Ryan Lindell for his second attempt at winning this game. This one will be a 47-yarder.
8: 11 p.m: Lindell connects. Buffalo wins, 16-13.