New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills: Live Score, Video and Analysis
AFC East division rivals square off on Sunday when the Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets in one of the more intriguing contests of Week 9. Kickoff at Ralph Wilson Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast by CBS. The game is a sell-out.
For the Bills (5-2), they are in a tie for first place in the AFC East with the New England Patriots (Bills hold the tie-breaker advantage due to their win over New England), while the Jets (4-3) are hoping to climb back into the AFC East race with a win.
The Bills are No. 3 in the NFL, scoring an average of 30.1 points, while the Jets are holding NFL quarterbacks to the lowest QBR rating (60.5) in the league. Something has to give.
While the Bills will probably be without Kyle Williams, Aaron Williams and Demetrius Bell for this contest, they will have Donald Jones and Chris Hairston back, available to play. Chris Kelsay will probably be a game-time decision, as his calf is bothering him again.
For the Jets, center Nick Mangold appears to be back, and he will look to neutralize Bills rookie Marcell Dareus, who is replacing Kyle Williams at nose tackle. The only significant Jets player who is a game-time decision is wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who has developed an issue with his back this week.
Two ex-Bills players are now members of the Jets, and they are Aaron Maybin and Shawn Nelson. Based on their production in Buffalo compared to their level of expectations, Bills fans will probably greet them accordingly. The crowd, by the way, will be wearing mostly white to honor the request made by the Bills players, who are wearing their all-white road uniforms on Sunday.
The biggest question mark will be which of the various Bills weapons will be able to step up this Sunday. You figure that All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis will look to minimize the effectiveness of Steve Johnson, while the rest of the defense tries to stop Fred Jackson. So, that means that the other Bills starters on offense will have to take advantage of less attention being paid to them.
Check back throughout the game for our reaction to the plays and thoughts about how the rest of the game will unfold.
Updated score: Jets 27, Bills 1
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Final Thoughts: Bills offense just couldn't get untracked today, and that is one half of the story. The other half is that the Bills defense just couldn't get off of the field, and the Jets continually found ways to extend drives and eat up clock.
The loss puts some doubt as to the Bills chances for the playoffs. Are they out of it? Of course not, but this is the kind of caliber game that they would see in the playoffs, and they just did not look ready for that kind of a game.
Fred Jackson hopefully was not hurt too badly, because the Bills offense evolves around Fred Jackson. The Bills will need to get back on track next week against the Cowboys.
Final Score: New York Jets 27 - Buffalo Bills 11
Jets recover the on-sides kick, but there was some excitement on the play. Brian Moorman kicked it off and the ball was fumbled down the field for a good 25-30 yards.
Jets are now going to try to run out the clock. They are faced with a third and five at the two-minute warning. Ball is on the Jets 45. WIthout any time outs left, the Bills really don't have much to go on right now.
The Jets will move into a tie with the Bills, as both teams are now 5-3. The Bills now face a rough three games on the road, where they travel to Dallas, Miami and then they close out their season series with the Jets.
Final score - New York Jets 27 - Buffalo Bills 11.
Steve Johnson draws a holding penalty from Revis and then beats him for a 26 yard pass play. Then Fred Jackson rips off a 23-yard run to the Jets 26-yard line.
Fitzpatrick has only completed 46 percent of his passes today, while he had three straight games of at least 70 percent completed coming in to the game. So much for stats.
Bills continue to drive the ball but on a third and three from the Jets 20, Andy Levitre is called for holding. Bills now are faced with a fourth down and five from the Jets 21. Fitzpatrick runs up the middle to get a first down, setting them up at the 12-yard line for a first and 10.
Fitzpatrick hits David Nelson on a seven-yard touchdown pass to narrow the lead a little, but honestly, it is too little, too late.
Bills decide to go for two points. Fitzpatrick rolls to his right, and sees no defenders, so he runs it in for the two-point conversion.
Updated score: New York Jets 27 - Buffalo Bills 11, with 3:14 left to play.
Jets take over and start to drive the ball again. They cross over midfield, and the Bills defense appears to be worn out. That is understandable, since the offense had so much trouble moving the ball today.
Jets give the ball to John Conner, the Terminator, on a third down and one, and he picks up seven yards to give the Jets a first down at the Bills 33. On a third and long, Jets throw a screen pass to Tomlinson, and he picks up a first down inside the Bills 20, so the Jets have another red zone opportunity.
Running seven minutes off of the clock in this drive, the Jets are following their game plan to perfection. The Bills defense has forced the Jets into a number of long third down plays, but the Jets have been able to convert far too many of them.
Again on a third and long, the Bills put some heat on Sanchez, and he lobs a pass into the end zone that Terrence McGee gets called for pass interference, so the Jets get the ball at the Bills one yard line. John Conner then runs it in from the one-yard line, and the rout is officially now on.
The Jets have now scored on four straight drives, and the Bills defense can't figure out a way to slow down the Jets offense.
Updated score: New York Jets 27 - Buffalo Bills 3 with 6:27 left in the game.
Fred Jackson catches a screen pass for 26 yards and the Bills are now in Jets territory at the Jets 36. David Nelson makes a nice catch and now the Bills are at the Jets 25. Steve Johnson beats Revis on a slant play for seven yards, and the Bills are back in the red zone again. They have to cash this trip in for a touchdown to give them any shot in the fourth quarter.
Fitzpatrick hits Fred Jackson in stride but Revis hits Jackson and jars the pass loose. Naaman Roosevelt catches a pass but is two inches short of the first down at the 15. Chan Gailey decides to go for it on fourth down, but he instead decides to throw out a challenge flag on the spot of where the referee ruled that Roosevelt was down.
The Bills disdain the use of Brad Smith again, and Fred Jackson is tackled in the backfield to stop the play short. The Jets take over at their own 16. That was a big play that went against the Bills.
Updated score: new York Jets 20 - Buffalo Bills 3 with 12:44 left in the game.
Jets drive the ball to midfield by passes from Sanchez to Keller and Burress. Then Sanchez attempts to hit on a home-run pass to Santonio Holmes, and he draws a pass interference call (42-yard gain), that takes the ball down to the Bills 8 yard line. On first down, Sanchez hits Holmes for a touchdown.
That drive was extremely quick, and the Jets are starting to pull away from the Bills.
Updated score: New York Jets 20 - Buffalo Bills 3 with 3:27 left in the third quarter.
Fred Jackson was shaken up on his fumble, and C.J. Spiller has now replaced him in the backfield. If Spiller was ever going to take over a game with a long play, this would be a good time.
On third down, Fitzpatrick hits Steve Johnson on a 53-yard pass, where he beat Darrelle Revis deep, thanks to a good second move.
Fitzpatrick then hits Scott Chandler for a first down to the Jets 12. Fred Jackson is back in the game, and he runs for six yards, leaving a third down and four yards to go. Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass slightly behind Fred Jackson, and so the Bills waste their red zone opportunity and settle for a short 24-yard field goal, which he nails.
That is a shame that the Bills only get three points, because they haven't had many chances down close yet. At least they know they can throw deep on Revis, which is a moral victory of sorts.
Updated score: New York Jets 13 - Buffalo Bills 0
Brad Smith returns the kick to the 22 yard line, and then on first down, Fred Jackson fumbles the ball when he is hit by two Jets defenders. The Jets take over at the Bills 19-yard line, so they are already in the red zone without even needing to drive the ball. Jackson had never fumbled all year, so that is especially painful turnover.
This is not the kind of second half adjustments we were thinking of.
Jets connect with Plaxico Burress on a pass that he pushes off on the Bills secondary to gain separation. He is downed at the one yard line, and then LaDainian Tomlinson dives over the top for the touchdown.
Updated score: New York Jets 13 - Buffalo Bills 0 with 8:34 left in the third quarter.
Predictably, the Bills try two dives with Fred Jackson that goes nowhere, and on third-and-long, Fitzpatrick tries to hit Fred Jackson deep down the sidelines. Pass is incomplete, which means that Fitzpatrick has now thrown eight straight incomplete passes, which is the longest such streak of his career. Not a good sign for the Bills.
Moorman punts it from the end zone, and Jeremy Kerley returns it to the Bills 40.
Tomlinson runs for eight yards, setting up a third-and-two at the Bills 32. Big play coming up right here. Dustin Keller is back in the game, and Sanchez tries to hit him, but pass is incomplete. Jets decide to try another 50-yard field goal, and it is good.
Updated score: New York Jets 6 - Buffalo Bills 0 with 10:16 left in the third quarter
Jets get the ball to open second half. Joe McKnight runs the ball back 59 yards on the kickoff return. He is tackled by Bills kicker Rian Lindell, who gets hurt on the tackle. Since he hurt his arm, or elbow, he can hopefully still kick the ball. Jets have great field position as a result of the kick return by McKnight.
Jets have a third and two at the Bills 37. Marcell Dareus comes up big with a hit on Greene, so Jets decide to punt the ball instead. Jets down the punt at the Bills one-yard line. Bills now have to drive 99 yards if they want to take the lead.
Updated score: New York Jets 3 - Buffalo Bills 0
Halftime thoughts: Chan Gailey will have to come up with some of his halftime magic, like he did in rallying the Bills in second half against the Patriots and the Raiders.
Today, Fitzpatrick looks lost against how to move the ball against the Jets.
Halftime stats: Jets held the ball for 20:47, Bills for 9:13.
Fitzpatrick was 4/12 for 24 yards with two interceptions. Sanchez was 13/18 for 137 yards with one interception and one fumble.
Fred Jackson has 49 yards rushing in 10 carries, while Shonn Greene has 52 yards in 11 rushes.
David Nelson leads the Bills with two catches for 17 yards. Steve Johnson was shut out in the first half.
Plaxico Burress had three catches for 47 yards, while Dustin Keller had two catches for 35 yards.
Updated score: New York Jets 3 - Buffalo Bills 0 waiting for the second half kickoff.
On a third and 15 from the Bills 44, the Jets threw a short pass to LaDainian Tomlinson for 12 yards, taking the ball down to the Bills 32. Nick Folk tries a field goal from the 50, but he misses it wide right.
This is going to be the Bills best field position of the day, as the Bills have the ball at their own 40 yard line with all three time outs remaining.
Fitzpatrick tries a pass for about 20 yards to Donald Jones but Antonio Cromartie is all over him. His second down pass is intercepted by David Harris. Fitzpatrick looked clueless on how to beat the Jets defense.
Sanchez then fumbles a snap in the shot gun, and the Bills recover the ball at the Jets 46. They just gained 20 yards in the exchange of turnovers. Jackson runs it to the 38 of the Jets, leaving them with second and two with 43 seconds left.
Fitzpatrick scrambles but doesn't gain any yards, leaving a third and two. Fred Jackson absolutely leveled Marcus Dixon. Fitzpatrick is hit from the blind side by Jim Leonard, but Chad Rinehart couldn't hit Leonard.
Bills decide that they will go for it on 4th-and-2 from the Jets 38. Fitzpatrick tries for a long pass to Donald Jones, but it falls off of Jones hands. Jets take over at the 38 with no time outs left. Crazy end to the first half with three turnovers in short period of time.
Updated score at the end of the first half: New York Jets 3 - Buffalo Bills 0
With the way that the Jets have moved the ball on the Bills, they are lucky to only be down 3-0 now. The Bills start a drive at their own 26. After two runs by Fred Jackson, Bills are looking at a third-and-one at their own 35. Clock winds down to the 2:00 warning.
Bills need a first down here. Will they go to Brad Smith, who hasn't run from the Wildcat once yet today?
Fitzpatrick hands it off to Jackson, who picks up the first down. Jets for some reason calls a time out after the Bills picked up the first down. That seems like a rather curious move. If the Bills are able to pick up some points before the half, the media will quiz Rex Ryan about the time out.
Marcus Dixon of the Jets gets hit with encroachment penalty, so Bills have a first and five at the 43. Fitzpatrick throws a pass to David Nelson, but he had ran a pattern into double coverage. Calvin Pace caught the interception that was thrown directly to him.
Jets now have the ball at the Bills 39 with only 1:27 left in the half.
Updated score: New York Jets 3- Buffalo Bills 0 with 1:27 left in first half.
Bills blitz Sanchez, and pass is deflected up in the air. The Bills best player on defense all season, George Wilson comes up with the diving interception, to thwart another Jets drive.
Marcell Dareus continues his good play by deflecting the pass at the line of scrimmage.
The play is challenged by Jets head coach Rex Ryan, as it is unclear if Wilson got his hand underneath the pass, before it hit the ground. The referee rules the pass is incomplete, so the Jets are able to try their field goal after all.
Nick Folk tries a 49-yard field goal, and he nails it.
Updated score: New York Jets 3 - Buffalo Bills 0 with 2:55 left in the first half.
Jets drive into Bills territory, as Sanchez hits on passes to Burress, Kerley, and LaDainian Tomlinson. Joe McKnight runs for a first down, and the Bills defense is in full bend-but-don't-break mode today.
Jets now have the ball at the Bills 30 with a key third-down and eight yards to go. Jets call time out to talk about it.
Jets have been winning time of possession battle 19:46 to 7:10. Jets have outgained the Bills 180-53, with three minutes left in the first half.
Updated score: Bills 0 - Jets 0
Fitzpatrick can't connect on short passes with Donald Jones and Namaan Roosevelt, so it's antoher three-and-out drive for the Bills. Moorman punts it to Jets 25-line. Exactly what the Bills defense didn't need, a short drive.
Unless the Bills defense can come up with a three-and-out, or come up with another turnvover, the Jets seem to have the edge right now in the first half.
Bills went with three short passes, and disdained running the ball on that drive. They will have to try to resort to some screens, throwing the ball long, and mixing up some runs with the passes.
Updated score: No score with 7:00 left in the first half.
Dustin Keller tries to leap over a defender after a catch, but takes a nasty spill as a result, and has to leave the game. There goes my fantasy tight end for the day, ugh !
Pass to Santonio Holmes for 12 picks up a first down. Sanchez has started out going 7/8 for 82 yards. Great start for him, but he would like to have that red zone interception back.
Shonn Greene runs for 41 yards, but there is a holding penalty on Matthew Mulligan, who just came in for Keller. Wonder if Mulligan would like to have that block over again, get it?
Sanchez is distributing the ball to his three wide receivers and tight end. Bills had the one sack on Sanchez and that is it. No real pressure on him since then. Lots of illegal motion and now Jets get hit with 12 men in the huddle.
Jets are faced with a third-and-seven at their own 42, but pass is behind Holmes. Bills finally get their defense off of the field. Jets have outgained the Bills so far, 136-49. Jets have held the ball for 14:39, while the Bills have only had the ball for 6:15.
Bills will need a long drive right now, because their defense will be getting worn out.
Updated score: No score with 8:44 left in the first half.
Bills drive the ball to the Jets 42, and on a third-down and one yard, Fred Jackson loses a yard, leaving a fourth-down and two. Interesting that the Bills chose not to go with Brad Smith, to run the Wildcat offense there, as he has often been able to move the chains on third-and-short throughout the year. Maybe the Bills felt that the Jets know Smith too well, and chose not to go there.
Moorman punts to the Jets 18, and the Jets take over from there.
With no score in the first quarter, this game might turn out to be one of the Bills lowest scoring games of the year.
Updated score: No score with 13:26 left in the first half.
Fred Jackson runs for 14 yards on first down, then David Nelson comes up with a catch to convert on third-down and 12, bringing the ball to the Bills 48-yard line.
Looks like it it going to be another exciting Bills game. Has there been any other kind in 2011?
Updated Score: That is the end of the first quarter. Still no score.
Jets pick up a first down running the ball. On first and 10, Mark Sanchez gets sacked by Alex Carrington. Jets are able to pick up another first down on passes to Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Kerley.
Jets are penalized on offensive pass interference on Santanio Holmes, pushing off on Terrence McGee. Jets have already converted on 2nd and 19 and now they do it on 2nd and 14 on a pass to tight end Dustin Keller. Jets drive the ball to midfield.
Nick Barnett jumped offsides to set up a 2nd and 2 on the Bills 45. Shonn Greene runs it down to the 35, and another first down. Burress catch takes it to 21 and another first down. Jets are moving the ball via the ground and the air.
Jets are now in red zone on their first drive and have eaten up eight minutes of the first quarter. Greene runs it down inside the 10-yard line for a first and goal.
The Jets had only one touchdown in their opening drive over the last 22 games, but you wouldn't know it from this drive.
Sanchez then tries to end the drive with a touchdown, but Jairus Byrd intercepts the pass to thwart the drive. Make that one touchdown on opening drives for the last 23 games for the Jets. This was the second longest drive in the NFL this year, but the Jets have nothing to show for it.
Updated Score: Buffalo Bills 0 - New York Jets 0 with 2:44 left in opening quarter.
Jets won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. So, can the Bills get their offense going early today and take an early lead from their opening drive?
Bills start from their 20 after the standard touchback. Levitre does start at left tackle with Rinehart at left guard.
Safety Rodney Pool goes down at the end of the second play. Wonder if Pool will agree with L.T. that the Bills are waiting around to be punched in the mouth?
Safe to say that this is going to be a physical game, with lots of hitting. These are teams that don't like each other. Don't need to remind Bills fan that the Jets players were laughing at the Bills players last year.
Bills came up short on third down and their first drive turns out to be a three-and-out.
Jeremy Kerley fumbles Brian Moorman's punt and the Jets start their drive at their own seven-yard line.
Updated Score: No score with 12:30 left in first quarter.
Listening to the CBS pre-game show, Bill Cowher felt that the Jets would win because the Jets were more physical.
The Jets had their huddle on the field, where LaDainian Tomlinson was trying to fire up the rest of his team. With the cameras running, he said that the BIlls played "pretty ball" and we need to punch them in the mouth.
We will see if the doubters still feel that way after the next 60 minutes of action. Seems like the Bills have gained more respect, but not sure if it is the kind of respect that they really want to have. A win today by Buffalo would go a long way towards putting the "soft" team nonsense to rest.
Inactive List for Buffalo Bills
Kyle Williams, Reggie Corner, Aaron Williams, Tyronne Wheatley, Sam Young, Demetrius Bell and Chris Kelsay.
Analysis: Kelsay's calf acted up again and is preventing him from playing today. That means more of the young LB's like Danny Batten and Arthur Moats. Dareus will play NT today and it looks like Andy Levitre is starting for Bell at LT. That means that Chad Rinehart will again start at LG.
Inactive List for New York Jets:
DL Mike DeVito, DL Kenrick Ellis, TE Shawn Nelson, CB Isaiah Trufant, RB Bilal Powell, QB Kevin O'Connell and WR Eron Riley.
Analysis: Jets grilled Nelson for information on the Bills, but aren't going to dress him. WR Plaxico Burress will play. The Jets will miss DeVito on the defensive line.
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