Eric Mangini Proves Me Wrong: Jets Beat Bills, Tied for First in AFC East

Joey CinquegranaContributor INovember 2, 2008

About two weeks ago, I called Eric Mangini out, saying he was no better than Herman Edwards. He just out-coached Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron Sunday in a 26-17 victory.

Early in the game, Mangini had a chance to make it fourth down by accepting a penalty when the Bills were driving, but he decided to make it a 3rd-and-16. The Bills made the first down, but, a few plays later, Abram Elam took a Trent Edwards pass 92 yards back for a touchdown for the Jets and a 13-7 lead.

I got to say, though, on that 3rd-and-16 opportunity, I think I would have done the exact same thing Mangini did, because I believe that could have knocked them out of field goal position. 

Later in the game, Mangini caught something that Edwards probably never would have saw, noticing the Bills napping with too many men on the field. Even though that drive led to no points because Jay Feely, as usual, missed another field goal, that was a very good eye by Mangini.

This by far was the best game the Jets have played all season long, and that includes their offensive beatdown of the Arizona Cardinals.

Not only did the coaching staff come prepared, but the players did, as well. Kris Jenkins led the Jets' top-five-ranked run defense to allow the Bills just 30 yards rushing in the game.

Thomas Jones looked good again, beating up a pretty good run defense the Buffalo Bills have. Jones had 12 carries for 69 yards in the game and another touchdown, which gave the Jets a 23-10 lead over the Bills.

After Favre threw a pick-six, the Jets showed no signs of being afraid of the Bills, and continued what led to them winning this game. Feely kicked a field goal to give the Jets a 26-17 lead, and Darrelle Revis ended any chances of a comeback by intercepting a pass from Trent Edwards on the Bills' final drive.

With the Patriots losing today to the Colts, and the Bills obviously losing to the Jets, this victory puts New York in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East, with the surprising Miami Dolphins a game behind.

So with this article, I say, nicely coached game, Eric Mangini.