Sunday, September 22, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Jets 27, Bills 20
By Mike Rodak
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 27-20 loss to the New York Jets:
What it means for Bills: The Bills were outplayed handily by the Jets in the game, but turnovers and penalties -- the Jets had 20 of them for 168 yards -- allowed the Bills to stay in this one. Buffalo tied it at 20 early in the fourth quarter on a wild possession that included six penalties (not all were accepted) between the two teams. However, the Jets responded quickly with a 69-yard touchdown pass, and the Bills' offense couldn't keep up. The Bills now fall to last place in the division.
Stock watch: Falling -- Justin Rogers. The third-year pro was thrust into a big role in Sunday's game, and the Jets targeted him frequently. Geno Smith connected with Santonio Holmes (69 yards) and Stephen Hill (51 yards) for touchdowns with Rogers in coverage. Rogers, though, had an impressive pass break-up on what would have been a third touchdown.
Spiller, Dareus, McKelvin, Carrington injured: The Bills had several key players leave the game with injuries. C.J. Spiller, after gaining just 9 yards on 10 carries, left in the third quarter with a knee injury. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (ankle) limped off in the third quarter and did not return. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin went down with a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return. In his place, the Bills moved safety Aaron Williams back to cornerback. Defensive lineman Alex Carrington was also carted off on the final drive of the game, while guard Kraig Urbik (knee) left in the second quarter but returned.
Bills anemic in red zone: Kicker Dan Carpenter was 4-for-4 on field goals, but his strong day was in large part due to the Bills faltering in the red zone. Their lone touchdown of the game came on a 33-yard pass from EJ Manuel to tight end Scott Chandler.
Manuel's rough day: Rookie quarterback Manuel went 19-for-42 for 243 yards. He did not throw an interception but was sacked eight times by the Jets, who had him on his heels all game. He had several overthrows and misfires that might be expected of a rookie passer.
What's next: The Bills (1-2) return home to face the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, their third home contest in their first four games.