Revis and New York Jets Defense Shut Down Buffalo Bills

Harris DeckerSenior Analyst IDecember 4, 2009

TORONTO - DECEMBER 3: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets breaks up a pass intended for Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on December 3, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Jets defeat the Bills 19-13. Only minutes into the third quarter, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez scrambled up the middle, being tackled to the ground. After remaining in the game and handing the ball off to full back Tony Richardson, Sanchez limped off the field and was taken to the locker room for x-rays. 

At the time, the score was 16-10 Jets. The only scoring that would occur after that point were two field goals. Proving once again that they are a defense first team, the Jets held the Bills to 194 total yards of offense, scoring just one touchdown and a pair of field goals. 

Once again, Mark Sanchez and Kellen Klemens (who replaced Sanchez after his injury in the third quarter) managed the game. They did not take unnecessary risks and kept the team in the game. While they were keeping the team in the game, the defense was making bold statements. 

Darrelle Revis completely shut down Terrell Owens who was held to 31 yards. Already this year, he has shut down top receivers Randy Moss, Marcus Colston, Steve Smith, and Andre Johnson. The defensive leader of the team even stepped up and made the game ending interception with just minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter. 

The Jets lone touchdown was scored by Braylon Edwards. Despite his incredible second effort to score the touchdown, it should have been his second of the night. Edwards dropped what was an easy touchdown pass earlier in the game as a perfectly thrown ball from Sanchez bounced right off his hands. Another catch able ball was dropped in the game by Edwards as well. 

Although it concerns me, the defense showed their toughness and I firmly believe that with Kris Jenkins returning in 2010, the Jets will be a strong playoff contender. His loss was the true turning point of the season and has resulted in an inability to stop the run. Next season, with Revis shutting down the air game and Jenkins of the middle, the Jets defense could be historically good.