East Rutherford, N.J. – At halftime I tweeted that New York was playing a clean game…things certainly took a dirty turn in the second half. You’d have to look all the way back to 1987 to find a game where the Jets had as many penalty yards as they had tonight. In total they had 168 penalty yards on 20 penalties. Holy moley. But somehow they pulled off the 27-20 win.
Early on it looked like the Jets would run away with things. But those penalties were certainly the story of this game. Before they knew it they were in a nail biting 20-20 tie in the fourth quarter. Hey, they like to keep it interesting… Here’s the game in a nutshell…
I sort of joked on Friday that I wasn’t sure time off could really cure the drop situation the Jets suffered during the Patriots game. Apparently it did! The receiving core and offense in general looked good today. We expect good defense, but today’s offense rose above expectations. Remember when the Jets ranked 32 in the power rankings Week 1?
Stephen Hill, who had yet to really show up this season, had a 51-yard touchdown and, overall, had 3 catches for 108 yards, averaging 36.1 yards per catch. He loves playing the Bills. *Flash back to last year’s season opener. * Santonio Holmes was the game’s leading receiver, catching five passes for 154 yards and scoring the game-winning touchdown. That’s almost 100 more yards than he had in the last two games combined. They finally let him loose! I have to mention, the Bills secondary is a little beat-up.
It was the showdown of the rookie quarterbacks. E.J. Manuel was the first QB chosen in this year’s draft and the only one picked in the first round, while Geno Smith was the second. “Second place” out shined Manuel today. While he wasn’t outstanding, he had his moments and he kept his head up even when the flags were flying and the score was narrowing. He had two deep throws that led to touchdowns and threw for 331 yards. On the downside, he had two interceptions. That makes for six interceptions on the season so far. It’s not easy for a rookie QB to be put into Marty Mornhinweg’s system. Lots of passing…lots of long passing. Interesting it’s the antithesis to Rex Ryan’s ground and pound. Speaking of the run game, Bilal Powell turned it on today gaining 149 yards. RB Chris Ivory left the game with a hamstring injury in the first quarter.
Bills running back C.J. Spiller made only a small nine-yard appearance before getting hurt. RB Fred Jackson only had 72 yards, with 59 of those yards coming on one play. The Jets defense shut down the run and the pass. We knew going into this game Rex was going to have a good time messing with the rookie QB and messed he did. The Jets dominant defense sacked Manuel eight times and allowed the Bills offense to convert only four 3rd downs on 18 attempts. Buffalo’s offense only averaged 5 yards per pass. It’s the second straight game the Jets have prevented the opposing QB from completing less than 50% of their passes. Manuel completed only 19 of 42 pass attempts. Rex definitely won the defensive showdown between he and former Jets defensive coordinator turned Bills D.C. Mike Pettine.