Sunday, November 6, 2011
Jets-Bills halftime notes
By James Walker
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The New York Jets lead the Buffalo Bills, 3-0, at intermission.
Here are several notes at intermission:
- This was an ugly, defensive battle from the start. The first quarter zoomed by after the Jets produced a lengthy, 15-play drive that ate up most of the first quarter. The drive ended on an awful decision by New York quarterback Mark Sanchez to throw high into triple coverage. It was picked off by Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd in the end zone. Sanchez also had another potential interception called back late in the first half. The play was overturned on a replay challenge and New York capitalized with a field goal.
- Jets tight end Dustin Keller also made a questionable decision in the first half. Keller caught a pass and had plenty of running room on the sideline. But as Buffalo defenders were closing in, Keller stayed in bounds and tried to jump over the tackler. He got flipped over in midair and suffered a head injury. Backup Matthew Mulligan replaced Keller in the second quarter. Keller's return is questionable.
- Buffalo's offense is struggling. Jets cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie are doing a great job on Buffalo receivers Steve Johnson and Donald Jones. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has two interceptions and isn't making plays. Buffalo has just 73 yards of total offense.
- Buffalo honored former kicker Scott Norwood in the first quarter. Norwood was a key figure during Buffalo’s four Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s. But he is most remembered for his missed field goal that could have won Super Bowl XXV against the New York Giants.