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Trap game

By Justin Paley
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
November 7th, 2004

Jets QB Chad Pennington injured his right shoulder and was ineffective in the second half as the Jets fell to the Buffalo Bills, 22-17 today. The Jets fall to 6-2 while the Bills improve to 3-5.

Jets QB Chad Pennington injured his right shoulder and was ineffective in the second half as the Jets fell to the Buffalo Bills, 22-17 today. The Jets fall to 6-2 while the Bills improve to 3-5.

Pennington was 7-for-11 and 141 yards and a touchdown in the first half as the teams went into the locker rooms tied at 10 but the Bills shutdown Pennington in the second half, as Pennington was 0-for-4 for no yards and an interception. Jets Head Coach Herman Edwards took Pennington out of the game in the 4th quarter. Back-up QB Quincy Carter came in and was 2-for-3 for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Edwards said he will know the extent of Pennington’s injury tomorrow. Throughout this week, Jets Head Coach Herman Edwards emphasized that going to Buffalo and playing the Bills would not be easy.

The Bills showed why their defense is ranked second in the NFL as they frustrated the Jets offense all day, limiting them to 17 points and 282 yards of total offense. They also limited Jets RB Curtis Martin to 67 yards on 19 carries.

Among the mistakes the Jets made was turning the ball over twice which led to 10 Bills points.

The Jets run defense allowed a 100-yard rusher for only the second time this season as they could not contain Bills RB Willis McGahee, who rushed for 132 yards on 37 carries and a touchdown today.

Edwards gave credit to the Bills after the game.

“I knew their defense would come out fired up,” Edwards said. “They played good. You know their very aggressive on defense. Bledsoe played well. They were able to run the ball on us.”

After the Bills went three and out on their first possession of the game, the Jets took over at their own 28. Pennington moved the ball to the Bills 24 as he passed to WR Santana Moss for 27 yards and WR Justin McCareins for 24 yards. On 1st and 10 from the Bills 24, RB Curtis Martin ran for a yard. On the next play, Pennington would under throw TE Chris Baker. G Brandon Moore, playing in his first game in three weeks, was called for a chop block and the Jets would be pushed back 15 yards. Martin made up for it on 2nd and 24 from the Bills 38 as he ran for 19 yards. On 3rd and 5 from the Bills 19, Pennington overthrew Moss and the field goal unit would come on. K Doug Brien, who hit the game winning field goal against the Bills earlier this year, attempted a 36 field goal but it was wide left. It was only Brien’s second miss from inside-40 yards this year. The Jets knew they would be in for a long day battling the windy conditions.

The Bills went three and out on their next possession and gave the Jets good field position after the punt as the Jets took over at their own 42. On 3rd and 9 from their own 43, Pennington ran for 12 yards for the first down but instead of sliding, dove and the ball was forced out by Bills LB London Fletcher. It was recovered by Bills CB Terrance McGee who returned it 38 yards to the Jets 21. It was this play where pennington bruiesed his shoulder however, the QB played through the pain until the middle of the 4th quarter.

Bills RB Willis McGahee, who has come on strong lately, ran four straight times and on 4th and 1 from the Jets 12, found the end zone. Ryan Lindell’s extra point sailed through the uprights and the Bills took an early 7-0 lead with 5:18 left in the first quarter.

The teams would trade punts on the next two possessions.

The Jets began with good field position as they began their drive at midfield with 14:10 left in the second quarter. Martin and RB Lamont Jordan’s running would move the Jets down to the Bills 23. But on 3rd and 8, Pennington’s pass for McCareins would be incomplete. Brien would come on to attempt a 41 yard field goal and it would just clear the uprights as the Jets made the score 7-3.

The Jets defense stopped the Bills on their next possession and took over at their own 20 with 7:42 left in the first half. Pennington went to the air, passing to Moss for 33 yards, Baker for 23 yards, and Moss for 12 yards to move the ball to the Bills 12. Pennington handed off to Martin on the next two plays as the Jets got down to the Bills 5. On 3rd and 4 from the Bills 6, Pennington hit McCareins on a quick six-yard slant over the middle for a TD. McCareins finished with two catches for 27 yards and a touchdown. Brien nailed the extra point and the Jets took their first lead at 10-7. The drive took six plays, 80 yards and 3:07.

“I didn’t know there was a problem with him until he came out of the game,” McCareins said about Pennington. “I was concentrating on what I was doing.”

The Bills got the ball back with 4:28 left in the first half. Using a balanced run and pass, Bledsoe moved the ball to the Jets 2 with 39 seconds left in the half. On 1st and goal, Bledsoe overthrew his receiver in the end zone. The Jets stuffed McGahee on the next play. As the clock wound down, there seemed to be some confusion in getting the play call in and Bledsoe spiked the ball with five seconds left on the clock. Lindell kicked a 20 yard field goal and the teams went into the locker room tied at 10.

The Bills got the ball to begin the second half and took the lead back driving 13 plays, 77 yards in 6:52. The drive was capped off by Bledsoe’s four-yard TD pass to WR Lee Evans in the corner of the end zone. Evans had five catches for 64 yards and a TD on the afternoon. Lindell’s extra point made it 17-10. The key plays on the drive were Bledsoe’s 17 yard run for a first down on 3rd and 4 from the Jets 44 and McGahee’s 12 yard run on 3rd and 1 from the Jets 18.

The Jets began their first drive of the fourth quarter at their own 25 and after two Martin runs, it was 3rd and 11 from their own 26. Pennington threw his third interception of the year as his pass intended for WR Wayne Chrebet was picked off by Bills S Lawyer Milloy. It was a rare mistake for Pennington who did not see that Chrebet was double covered. Milloy returned the interception 11 yards to the Jets 24. The Bills got three points out of it as Lindell booted a 30 yard field goal to extend the Bills lead to 20-10 with 10:38 left in the game.

The Jets offense went three and out on their next possession.

The Jets defense then stopped the Bills but Bills P Brian Moorman punted 39 yards to the Jets one-yard line.

QB Quincy Carter came in for his first regular season action of the year and on the first play handed off to RB Curtis Martin. Martin was tackled immediately in the end zone for a safety and the Bills made the score 22-10 with 6:04 left in the game.

The Jets needed a stop on the next Bills possession and got it as they forced the Bills to go three and out.

The Jets began their final drive at their own 32 with 4:50 left in the game and four plays later, Carter threw a 51-yard touchdown to a wide-open Santana Moss. Brien’s extra point pulled the Jets within five at 22-17 with 4:06 left in the game. Moss finally had a breakout game catching six balls for 157 yards and a touchdown. Edwards was pleased with Moss’ performance.

“He made some big catches,” Edwards said. “He’s going to be a guy that’s going to help us because he has big play potential.”

Gowin’s kickoff was downed by McGee in the end zone for a touchback. After two McGahee runs, it was 3rd and 8 from their own 22, Evans caught a 27 yard pass from Bledsoe for a first down with 2:31 left. It looked like Evans might have not gotten his feet in but the Jets could not challenge as they were out of timeouts. The Bills were able to run out the clock as the Jets suffered their second loss of the season.

Edwards said the Jets have to shake off today’s loss.

“It’s the art of football,” Edwards said. “You have to deal with the ups and downs. Right now we’re down and have to get back up.”

MISCELANEOUS GAME TIDBITS: The Jets inactives were QB Brooks Bollinger, CB Derrick Strait, S Rashad Washington, LB Sam Cowart, LB Jason Glenn, OL Brent Smith, T Marco Cavka, and T Adrian Jones…Scary moment in the third quarter when Bills T Mike Williams injured his neck and had to be taken off the field in an ambulance…The Jets were only 2-10 on third downs…The Jets had seven penalties for 40 yards…The Bills dominated the time of possession, 37:28 to the Jets 22:32…LB Eric Barton and LB Jonathan Vilma each led the team with 10 tackles.

INJURY REPORT: Besides Pennington’s bruised right shoulder, Edwards said S Derek Pagel injured his calf in the third quarter and DE Shaun Ellis hurt his groin.

The Jets return home next Sunday when they face another tough defense in the Baltimore Ravens. Check back often at Jets Insider.com for the latest team news and reports including updates on Pennington’s injury as the team prepares for Ray Lewis, Jamaal Lewis and the rest of the Ravens next Sunday at the Meadowlands at 1 p.m.

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