Sunday, November 6, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Jets 27, Bills 11
By James Walker
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Here are some initial thoughts on the New York Jets' 27-11 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
What it means: The Jets (5-3) are back in the postseason hunt. New York took itself from the brink of implosion early in the season to win three consecutive games. This was a huge victory over a division rival and moves the Jets into second place in the AFC East. The Bills dropped to 5-3 and give the early tiebreaker to New York. They could be in third place in the AFC East by the end of the day if the New England Patriots beat the New York Giants. If New England loses, there could be a three-way tie in the division.
Jets' D is back: Don't be fooled by the final score. New York won this game with great defense. The Jets were dominant on that side of the football. The team reverted back to last year's form with a masterful performance against a good Bills offense. New York forced three turnovers and held the Bills to 287 total yards. Many of those yards by Buffalo were gained in garbage time. The Bills failed to score at least 20 points for the first time this season.
QB struggles: The "Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch" should be interesting this week. Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and New York quarterback Mark Sanchez both were inconsistent. The difference is Sanchez played much better in the second half to win the game. He finished with 230 yards, one touchdown and two turnovers (one pick, one fumbled snap). Fitzpatrick threw for just 191 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
What's next: The Bills will travel to play the Dallas Cowboys next week. It will be the first of three consecutive road games for Buffalo. The Jets will have another big AFC East showdown against the Patriots at Met Life Stadium.