Result: The Jets (2-9) were blown out by the Bills (6-5) on Monday night in Detroit.
Need to know: After the Jets went three-and-out to open the game, Buffalo put together a 10-play drive that was capped off with a 7-yard TD reception by Robert Woods as Buffalo took a 7-0 lead. The Jets’ third drive stalled in the red zone, and they settled for a field goal that cut the deficit to 7-3.
To finish a drive aided by a pair of pass interference penalties on the Jets, Scott Chandler reeled in a 19-yard TD pass as Buffalo extended its lead to 14-3 with under a minute to go in the second quarter.
After a 53-yard field goal by Buffalo made it 17-3 early in the third quarter, the Bills blocked a Jets punt and recovered in the end zone to increase their lead to 24-3 and put the game away.
Michael Vick struggled mightily, completing 7-of-19 passes for 76 yards and an interception before Geno Smith took over for him midway through the third quarter.
DE Mo Wilkerson exited the game with a toe injury in the second quarter.
TE Jace Amaro left the game in the fourth quarter with a head injury.
Links: AP recap | Box score
What’s Next: The Jets host the Dolphins next Monday night at 8:30.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
This game was an abomination. The Jets had some recent success two weeks ago against the Steelers, but there was no carry-over against a Bills team that was snowed in and playing a home game on a neutral field.
Another season and another rusty team coached by Rex Ryan coming out of the bye. Ryan now falls to 1-5 coming off the bye with the Jets.
After everything we’ve seen so far from the Jets this season, this might be the worst of their three “no show” games (at San Diego, Buffalo, at Buffalo) by the team; the defense had no answers for Kyle Orton and Robert Woods much of the night. Special teams also had a bad night getting a punt blocked and recovered for a score in the end zone. Mike Vick looked as if he had given up even before he was benched by the Jets during the second half in favor of Geno Smith.
The worst thing was that the run game (excluding Vick and Geno) seemed to be working well and as is Marty Mornhinweg’s wont, he refused to use it, even though it was the thing that was clearly working the best for the Jets. The Jets averaged 5.7 yards per rush with their running backs, but the league’s fifth best rushing attack ran the ball a criminal 15 times with their running backs.
Maybe it is too early to judge, but for now it seems that any goodwill the Jets win over the Steelers might have bought was quickly erased tonight in the Jets humiliating loss to the Bills.
After the game, Rex declined to say who will start at quarterback going forward and it might not much matter. There were reports just last week about the Jets having already turned the page on Geno Smith, and the coaching staff seems to be awaiting their doom. Should the Jets move away from Rex Ryan, barring a miracle it seems unlikely that a new coach would be willing to wager their future on Geno Smith or Mike Vick.
Wilkerson exits game with toe injury
DE Muhammad Wilkerson exited Monday night’s game in the second quarter after injuring his toe. He will not return.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
The defensive line was a different unit with Wilkerson out and the game spiraled even more quickly once he was not able to go. The rest of the line was still able to pressure Orton, but the center of the line was not able to maintain the push and anchor that it normally can when Wilkerson is in the game.
Wilkerson’s injury is something we will watch very closely in the coming days. Hopefully it won’t be anything too serious for Wilkerson and bringing him to the sideline was more preventative than anything else. If there are updates we’ll be sure to keep you informed.
Game: The Jets are in Detroit to take on the Bills in a rescheduled and moved game on Monday night.
Time: The game will air at 7 p.m. on CBS.
Injuries/Inactives: G Dakota Dozier, QB Matt Simms, RB Bilal Powell, WR Walter Powell, CB Josh Thomas, LB Ikemefuna Enemkpali, OL Wesley Johnson
Bills: FB Frank Summers, TE MarQueis Gray, LB Randell Johnson, OL Cyrus Kouandjio, WR Marquise Goodwin, DE Jarius Wynn, DE Bryan Johnson
Previous Meetings: The two teams met in October, with the Bills winning 43-23. Michael Vick took over for Geno Smith after Smith threw three interceptions in the first quarter. Vick then turned the ball over three times — an interception and two fumbles lost.
Jets fans are showing up in Detroit before the team’s rescheduled and moved game against the Bills.
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“We do a better job of communicating in the back end, much better in the red zone and it starts with communication down there. We’re a better tackling team than we showed. And then obviously, we have to take care of the football a heck of a lot better and we will.”
-Rex Ryan on how the team has improved since the last time the Jets played the Bills
During the season, Bent’s Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets’ upcoming opponents, enabling a break down of what to watch out for on gameday…
With six games to go in their season, the Jets face the Bills again, this time in Detroit. Four weeks ago, the Jets hosted the Bills and lost by 20 after Geno Smith threw three first quarter interceptions and the team shot themselves in the foot after having pulled back within a score at 24-17 just before half-time. The Bills, then 5-3, have since suffered two tight losses in a row to the Chiefs and Dolphins, so their bid for a long-overdue playoff berth will be well and truly on the ropes if they don’t beat the Jets. Detroit was the scene of one of their best performances of the season, a come-from-behind win over the Lions. However, their preparation hasn’t exactly been ideal.
After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for.
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Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWith the Jets kicking off on Monday night in Detroit, here’s some of the Sunday games I’ll be paying close attention to:
Lions at Patriots — The Lions have one of the best defenses in the NFL this season and will get tested by Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Look to see how the defensive line of Detroit can harry Brady and stop the runners and if their lightning in a bottle secondary can slow down Gronk.
Cardinals at Seahawks — The Cardinals have the best record in football but are playing in Seattle after losing their starting quarterback two weeks ago. Can Drew Stanton shock the world with a win against Seattle and the 12th Man?
Dolphins at Broncos — The Dolphins have been one of the AFC’s better teams this season and will face one of their stiffest tests against a very complete Broncos who happens to be coming off a trap game loss to the surging Rams and might be looking to take out their frustrations against Miami.