Thursday, December 3, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Jets 19, Bills 13
By Tim Graham
TORONTO -- The New York Jets went into Thursday night's game needing to darn near run the table to have a legitimate shot of making the playoffs.
They took care of the Buffalo Bills, 19-13, in the Rogers Centre, but their outlook for the final month potentially has been altered by an injury to quarterback Mark Sanchez.
The Jets are .500 with four games to play. Who their quarterback will be for those four games is uncertain.
Sanchez left the game midway through the third quarter with an apparent right knee injury. The medical staff was concerned enough to send him into the locker room for further examination. We didn't see Sanchez again.
Kellen Clemens came off the bench to preserve the victory, albeit barely. He threw only two passes, completing one for 14 yards. Sanchez was 7-of-15 for 104 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions.
Clemens at the helm isn't inevitably a bad thing. Sanchez has turned in a few performances that have made replacing him with Clemens look attractive.
Either way, the postseason is probably a long shot for the Jets.
The Bills, meanwhile, lost some of the momentum they seemed to be building under interim coach Perry Fewell. They are 4-8 with a lot of questions that won't be answered until January, when critical front-office decisions are made.
Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and receiver Terrell Owens teamed up for some gaudy stats in the two games prior to Thursday, but the Jets stifled them Thursday night. Cornerback Darrelle Revis was awesome, covering Owens stride for stride virtually all night and coming down with an interception.
Fitzpatrick completed nine of his 23 passes for 98 yards and no touchdowns. Owens had three catches for 31 yards.