New York's start was disastrous as Geno Smith threw three interceptions in his first eight passes. He found himself getting benched after completing two of eight passes for five yards. Michael Vick entered the game and temporarily shifted momentum in the Jets' favor. Despite the turnovers, the Jets only found themselves down seven points at halftime.
The Bills made halftime adjustments to Vick and outscored New York 19-6 in the second half. Vick finished the game going 18/36 for 153 yards and one interception. He also led the Jets in rushing with 69 carries on eight rushes. Vick was responsible for four fumbles during the game, and the Jets lost two of them.
New addition Percy Harvin finished with three receptions for 22 yards on nine targets as well as four carries for 28 yards. He also had six kick returns on Sunday with his longest going for 35 yards. It wasn't a bad debut, but he didn't make the impact that Rex Ryan and the Jets had envisioned on Sunday.
For the Bills, the defense carried the Bills to their fifth victory of the season. In addition to all of the interceptions and fumbles, Buffalo's defense sacked Vick four times and limited the Jets to 2.9 yards per pass. New York was only able to convert 9-of-19 third down attempts on Sunday.
Offensively, the Bills found themselves with terrific field position all game due to the Jets' offensive woes. Kyle Orton only attempted 17 passes, but he completed 10 for 238 yards and four touchdowns. Orton connected with Robert Woods, Lee Smith, Scott Chandler and Sammy Watkins on his four touchdowns. It was the first game where Orton did not throw an interception.
Buffalo's run game was ineffective against the Jets. The Bills rushed the ball 32 times for 67 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Dixon carried the ball 22 times for 44 yards and the touchdown came on a two yard run from Frank Summers. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett called a very predictable game and this may have been one of the reasons for their struggles.
In the receiving game, Sammy Watkins led all receivers with three receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown. Watkins could have had two touchdowns, but he showboated on an 84 yard reception before getting tackled from behind. The rookie wide receiver said he wouldn't let it happen again.
Dan Carpenter added three field goals for the Bills and went 4/5 on extra points.
The Bills enter their bye week 5-3, while the Jets move to 1-7 and realistically realize their 2014 season is over. New York will now be relegated to playing the spoiler role.
Behind Kyle Orton, the Bills are 3-1. They'll get one week to lick their wounds before facing the Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets and Browns. Buffalo's next four games will determine if they're playoff contenders or pretenders.