Cheers & Jeers: Jets Beat Buffalo

A look at the great plays and players that made for a dominating 38-14 win by New York over Buffalo.


On the Jets' opening drive, Ladanian Tomlinson set the tone for the game accounting for 52 yards (42 rushing and 10 receiving) on the Jets nine-play, 61 yard touchdown drive. Tomlinson fought his way across the goal line to give the Jets an early 7-0 edge and in doing so totaled 12,740 career rushing yards, surpassing Tony Dorsett for 7th on the NFL's all-time rushing list.

All told, Ladanian carried the ball 19 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns and for the first time since 2008, (26 games) the former San Diego star would rush for over 100 yards in a game. Tomlinson put the finishing touches on a dominating performance; when late in the third quarter, he eluded Bills' safety Donte Witner with a beautiful sidestepping juke in route to a 26 yard touchdown run. Tomlinson provided a vintage "LT" performance, leading a powerful Jets' running attack to a convincing win.


The Jets showed a lackluster defensive effort on the Bills' last drive before the end of the first half. Seemingly in control and outgaining the Bills at that point in offense yardage 246-38, the Jets defense gave the Bills a second life. The Bills decided to go for a 4th&2 from their own 44 yard line with 1:47 left in the first half. Fred Jackson took a direct snap from out of the Wildcat formation barreled up the middle for four yards, keeping the Bills drive alive. The Bills would change to a no huddle offense, keeping the Jets' defense on their heels. On the next play, Ryan Fitzpatrick zipped a pass down the middle to wide out David Nelson for 37 yards down to the Jets'30 yard line. 2 plays later, Ryan Fitzpatrick play action faked a stretch play to running back Fred Jackson and floated a touchdown pass into the arms of tight end David Martin, all alone in the left corner of the end zone. In a half where the Bills were dominated on both sides of the ball, their late scoring drive put them on the board and back in the game and made the score seem deceptively respectable.

Hear, Hear:

"Both of them go for over 100 yards. When we say we have two great backs, there's no question about that," said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. "I don't know what they averaged, but both of them are hitting them up there. Most teams don't have one back and we're lucky we have two."

Big Stat:

Entering the Sunday's game, the Jets defense ranked last in the NFL on third down efficiency, while the Bills' offense also ranked last in the NFL in third down efficiency. Opponents converted 51 percent (23/45) of third down chances against the Jets' defense, while the Bill's offense converted a measly 33 percent (12/36) of its' third down opportunities. In a matchup, where something had to give, the Jets' defense stymied the Bills offense, holding them to ZERO third down conversion on 10 chances. The Jets' combination of unrelenting pressure and sound coverage limited the Bills to another big stat but this one was a small number, conceding only 223 yards of total offense.

Extra Stat:

The Bills have yet to intercept an opposing quarterback in 2010, while Mark Sanchez did not turn the ball over and has thrown eight touchdowns and no interceptions thus far in 2010. This follows Mark's rookie campaign in which he posted 12 touchdowns and a league high 20 interceptions.

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The Jets dominated the line of scrimmage with the offensive line creating gaping holes for their running attack to exploit. The Jets run blockers punished the Bills defensive line, sealing and pancaking blockers to make way for both Shonn Green and Ladanian Tomlinson to rush for over 100 yards each in the game. This was no more evident than when rookie fullback John Conner, nicknamed "The Terminator", annihilated Bills linebacker Chris Kelsay, paving the way for an 18 yard gain for Tomlinson on the Jets first touchdown drive of the second half.

Final Thought:

The Jets looked every bit the part of a Super Bowl contending team, while the Bills looked the part of the AFC doormat. In what many experts deemed "a trap game", the Jets rose to the occasion and dominated in all facets of the game. The Jets would score three touchdowns in a 3:30 minute stretch (6:17, 4:42, 2:47) in the third quarter, putting the game out of reach and coasting to a 38-14 thrashing of the Bills. The Bills remain winless posting a 0-4 record, while the Jets improve to 3-1, with a Monday Night Showdown, at the New Meadowlands Stadium against Brett Favre and the Vikings looming.

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