TBT: Jets toss 3 INTs to Bills in 1st Quarter

It was a game to forget for Rex Ryan and the Jets in 2014. If the Bills have a similar performance this season, Ryan will be smiling.

What a difference a year makes. Last year, Rex Ryan manned the sidelines for the New York Jets. One season later, Ryan finds himself beloved by Buffalo Bills fans as their new head coach. This week’s Throwback Thursday looks at Buffalo’s 43-23 win over Ryan’s Jets from October 27. More specifically, the TBT will look at Buffalo’s three first quarter interceptions of quarterback Geno Smith.

Interception One

Smith’s first interception came on a pass intended for new Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin. The receiver runs a fly route on the play and Buffalo’s No. 1 cornerback, Stephon Gilmore, stays with Harvin stride for stride. Gilmore turns to see the pass coming in his direction and intercepts the pass as Harvin falls to the turf.

Interception Two

On New York’s next series, the Jets faced a 3rd and 9. It looks like the same play from the previous drive, but this time tight end Jeff Cumberland is lined up one-on-one with linebacker Preston Brown. Just as Gilmore stayed with Harvin, Brown stayed step for step with Cumberland. Smith’s pass is underthrown and Brown is able to register his first career interception.

Interception Three

Smith’s eighth and final pass attempt was intended for wide receiver Eric Decker. The pass is simply airmailed and lands right into the waiting arms of safety Aaron Williams. It’s returned to the one yard line and sets up Buffalo’s second touchdown of the game. It Williams’ only interception of the season.

Smith was pulled following the third interception and finished the game 2-for-8 for five yards and three interceptions. Buffalo’s defensive performance last season probably gave Rex Ryan fits. If the team has a similar defensive performance in 2015, something tells me that Rex will be smiling this time around.

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