Sunday, October 3, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Jets 38, Bills 14
By Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The New York Jets remained atop the division with a 38-14 laugher over the Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
What it means: The Jets flexed their AFC East muscle by completing a sweep of their first tour through division rivals. The Jets won only two games in the division last year. The Bills still are searching for their first victory.
Hero: LaDainian Tomlinson didn't play the fourth quarter after rushing 19 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He was dominant.
Sidekick: Shonn Greene more than doubled his rushing total for the season. He had 22 carries for 117 yards. He went into the game with 106 rushing yards.
Quarterbacks: Mark Sanchez still hasn't thrown an interception. He was 14 of 24 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Fitzpatrick had an economical stat line. He was 11 of 25 for 122 yards and two TDs without an interception.
No joke: Bills coach Chan Gailey lauded his backfield before the season. None of his running backs had more rushing yards than Fitzpatrick. He scrambled for a team-high 74 yards, tying Gary Marangi's 34-year-old franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Fitzpatrick tripled the output of the Bills' best running back. Fred Jackson had 22 yards.
Trending: Dustin Keller scored two touchdowns for the second straight week. He has at least one touchdown catch in three straight games and six of his past seven games, including the playoffs.
Injuries of note: Defensive end Shaun Ellis suffered a knee injury on the opening drive of the second half. Vernon Gholston took his place, but the signing of surprise free agent defensive end Trevor Pryce last week will help if Ellis is out for a while.
What's next: The Bills will welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars and former quarterback Trent Edwards on Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Jets will host the Minnesota Vikings and former quarterback Brett Favre on Monday night at the Meadowlands.