New York Jets Climb into First Place Tie with Dominant Performance Against the Buffalo Bills
The book on the New York Jets was seemingly already written.
The outsiders said the Jets were a team that couldn’t win on the road.
The “experts” said this Jets team that was a step backwards from the teams that went to the past two AFC title games.
After three straight losses, sitting at 2-3 on the year, the book on the Jets 2011 season was supposedly written in permanent ink.
Well, forgive the Jets if they choose to write their own story.
The Jets have won three straight to get to 5-3 on the year, and they finished Week 9 tied atop the AFC East after sitting in third place entering play on Sunday.
The Buffalo Bills had been undefeated at home, and the Jets had been winless on the road. But the Jets continued their recent dominance over their AFC East rival, beating them for the fourth straight time.
The final score was 27-11, but it wasn’t ever really that close. The Bills had been one of the most potent offenses in the NFL until they ran into the buzzsaw that is Rex Ryan’s ferocious defense.
The Bills came into Week 9 as the highest scoring team in the AFC, but were held to a season-low 11 points. 8 of those points were on a garbage time touchdown and two-point conversion in the final minutes.
Running back Fred Jackson was leading the NFL in rushing, and has been the most complete back in football all season, but the Jets contained him enough to keep the Bills offense in check.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was leading the AFC with a 67.7 completion percentage, but he was dismal against the Jets pass defense, completing just 48.4% of his passes, finishing with under 200 passing yards and two interceptions.
Mark Sanchez on the other hand, completed a season-high 71.4% of his passes and overcame two bad first-half turnovers to play a nearly flawless second half as the Jets cruised to an easy victory.
The Jets got some help from their MetLife Stadium roommates, as the New York Giants knocked off the New England Patriots in Foxboro to help the Jets leapfrog from third to first in a matter of hours.
The Jets, Patriots, and Bills all have identical 5-3 records,with the Jets and Patriots both 2-1 in division play.
Next week, the Jets will return home and put their 4-0 home record on the line in a big AFC East showdown with the Patriots with first place firmly on the line.
With the Patriots on a rare two-game losing streak and the Jets flying high, I can’t wait for next Sunday. It should be a great game.