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OVERALL GAME GRADE: C
The defense did a good job to create turnovers, but this was a sloppy performance at best. They allowed too many big plays to an average offense and allowed the Bills to get back into the game after being given a 41-14 lead.
The defense generated little-to-no pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick and showed poor fundamentals tackling on some plays. C.J. Spiller torched the defense for 169 yards on just 14 carries.
This was supposed to be the team's best unit, but it was the weak link here by far.
The Jets' defense lost it's intensity in the fourth quarter as it appeared they rested on their laurels with a 41-14 lead. They allowed a couple of easy Bills' scores and some big plays to let the Bills back into the game. The Jets' lead was whittled down to just 13 with 5:58 left.
Antonio Cromartie set the tone early that the Bills were not going to get themselves back in this game. His interception return for a touchdown extended the Jets' lead to 34-7 and ended the game for all intents and purposes.
LaRon Landry continued his hard-hitting ways. He has been outstanding since he got here and if he stays healthy will find himself in the Pro Bowl.
The team gave up it's second 5-yard run to C.J. Spiller, which was spurred by a key block by Ryan Fitzpatrick on Yeremiah Bell. It looked like Kenrick Ellis was tackled in the backfield when he was about to stop Spiller for a loss on the play.
If the Jets could have kept that zero on the scoreboard into halftime, it would have been huge psychologically for both teams. C.J. Spiller ran through an area vacated by Antonio Cromartie, who inexplicably ran in the opposite direction of the play. LaRon Landry and Bart Scott took poor angles on the play.
Two plays before Spiller's touchdown, the Bills converted a 3rd-and-4 on a Stevie Johnson reception in front of Darrelle Revis.
The unit redeemed itself with the late fumble recovery and return. A note to Yeremiah Bell though, please secure the ball during a run back and that better be the last lateral we see on a return.
Bryan Thomas missed the second quarter with a hamstring injury.
Ryan Fitzpatrick seems to have learned his lesson in trying to throw at Darrelle Revis. Revis made Fitzpatrick look silly by baiting him to target Stevie Johnson, only to step in front for the easy pick. Kyle Wilson quelled what looked to be a decent Bills drive with a pick of his own. Calvin Pace had a nice stop in the backfield early as the defense has been as strong as advertised.