Jets steal 28-20 win in Buffalo

The Bills lost their home-opener and failed to build off the momentum of last week's 16-6 win at Miami. Chad Pennington capped three drives of 58 yards or more with touchdowns, and linebacker Victor Hobson's 32-yard fumble return for a score helped the Jets to a 28-20. The Bills had two fumbles, a failed fake FG, a botched bootleg on the Jets' goal line and an interception in a comedy of errors.

The Buffalo Bills started strong -- scoring on Roscoe Parrish's 51-yard touchdown reception on the second play from scrimmage -- but then progressively kept making costly errors.

"They blitzed and we hit a hot route and that's what you're supposed to do in cover zero," said Losman. "If you can make a guy miss it's a big thing. Usually there's a guy there to tackle him quick, but if you can get the ball out quick and he can make a nice little juke move and go… it was a big play."

The Bills continued their offensive success, moving to the Jets' 37 on their second drive of the game. Lining up for a 54 yard FG attempt in swirling, gusting wind conditions the Bills attempted a fake FG. Brian Moorman's attempt at a shovel pass failed, and the Bills turned it over to the Jets on downs.

Jets Safety Kerry Rhodes stripped JP Losman twice- the first time killing yet another drive deep into Jet territory. Late in the first quarter, the Bills moved from their own 27 to the Jets 19. On a third-and-4 play, New York sent a six-man blitz at Losman, who didn't seem to recognize the safeties cheating up toward the line. Losman held the ball too long and got hit by Rhodes, who forced a fumble that was recovered by Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

Rookie running back Leon Washington, seeing his first significant action on offense, jump-started the Jets with a 47-yard reception to set up Kevan Barlow's 3-yard touchdown run to tie the score with 10:17 left in the second quarter.

The big turnover came five minutes into the second half with the Bills on their own 33. The Jets then took control on the Bills' opening possession of the third quarter when Rhodes forced his second fumble as he rushed around the right corner. New York sent a six-man rush and McGahee missed his block, who blasted Losman in the back. The ball squirted onto the ground, and Jets linebacker Victor Hobson returned it 32 yards for a touchdown that put New York ahead, 21-10. The Bills failed to challenge the score despite replays showing Hobson stepped out of bounds at the Buffalo 3.

"Hey, it was just getting bigger and bigger as it was getting closer to me and I just had to pick it up and run," Hobson said. Late in the third quarter, the Bills moved smartly from their 11 to their 49, but Losman threw an interception on a deep throw into the wind for a double-covered Evans.

Losman moved the Bills from their 13 to the Jets' 1 early in the fourth quarter with some well-thrown strikes to Evans and Josh Reed. But on third-and-goal from the 1 the Bills called a play-action bootleg run for the quarterback. Jets end Bobby Hamilton, 35 and the second-oldest player in the game, wasn't fooled. He tackled Losman for a 9-yard loss.

The Bills settled for a field goal, cutting the Jets lead to 21-13 with 9 minutes remaining. The Jets responded with a nine-play, 58-yard drive capped by Cedric Houston's 5-yard touchdown scamper on his second carry of the season. The Bills made the game interesting in the final 3 minutes. Follwing Houston's score, Losman engineered a 10-play 77 yard drive capped by a 4th down TD scramble. Losman dove across the goal line with 1:12 remaining to pull the Bills to within 28-20.

After replay upheld the score, the Bills' Andre Davis managed to recover the onside kick. But as good Losman looked on the previous drive, the momentum was slammed to a sudden stop with 4 straight incompletions- with some poorly thrown balls.

The Jets (2-1) won despite allowing 475 yards of offense, while managing a mere 256 of their own, including a meager 74 yards rushing. They overcame career outings by running back Willis McGahee, who had 150 yards rushing, and J.P. Losman's 328 yards passing. It was the first time in NFL history that a team was able to win on the road against a club that featured a 150 yard rushing performance by a running back and a 300 yard passing performance by a quarterback in the same game.


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