In front of a rambunctious pro-Buffalo crowed in Detroit, the Bills locked themselves in for another week of playoff eligibility. While on the other side of the state, the Jets are looking to stay afloat coming in to the more bearable stretch of their schedule.
Robert Woods provided us with the highlight of the night when he hauled in a 25-yard pass from Kyle Orton with 2:47 left in the second quarter. Woods tiptoed the sideline while pinning the ball against his helmet in order to make the first down catch (similar to David Tyree’s catch in Superbowl XLII). The grab by Woods later set up a 19-yard pass from Orton to Scott Chandler for a touchdown with less than 40 seconds before half.
The score at the end of the 2nd quarter signified the opening of the floodgates in Detroit, as Buffalo came out guns-blazing after halftime. Former Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter connected early from 53-yards out to open up the scoring after half. However, it would prove to be the Bills offense and special teams that were doing all of the scoring tonight.
Buffalo’s exceptional defensive line was showcased again as they tallied seven sacks on the night (two against Geno Smith and five on Vick). Buffalo now holds the league lead in sacks for the season as they overtook the Eagles for the top spot after tonight’s impressive performance.
Unfortunately Michael Vick’s game was less than impressive, but on a bright note, Geno was solid in relief as he completed 10/12 for 89 yards. Most expect him to be the starter moving forward from here (no official word has been released on the matter yet).
Vick was seen getting a bit emotional at the end of the bench after his 3rd quarter interception. It’s very understandable though, as he was holding onto maybe his last shot ever to be the starter in NY, or maybe any other city for that matter.
It’s possible that Geno Smith could get the majority of the starting reps and snaps moving forward as Head Coach Rex Ryan and the rest of his staff were visibly upset over the performance tonight. “That was a horrible performance all around… we didn’t do anything [well],” said coach Ryan.
It’s no surprise—Rex Ryan is on the hot seat. But how many weeks of Rex and Idzik does this fan base have to take before the problem is addressed. Don’t expect both of them to leave town at the end of the year. But one thing is for sure; both Idzik and Ryan will stick around to face the music for at least five more games.
After the game Ryan was a bit more candid than usual (something he’s rarely accused of). “I don’t regret anything I say… I believed we were going to have a heck of a game, but in the end the Bills totally outplayed us.”
Even though it got ugly quick, there were still at least a few positive takeaways from the game for Jet fans.
Geno Smith played all right in the time we saw him and the Jet’s did at least accomplish their primary goal of stopping Sammy Watkins (limited to three receptions for 35 yards). Other than that, things look pretty grim for Michael Vick, Rex Ryan, and John Idzik moving forward. It seems inevitable that some kind of move will be made before the season is over or at least shortly there afterwards.
For Vick, this probably marks the end to a great on-field career. Fans can sometimes judge Vick for his off-field issues during his time in the league, but many will most likely remember him for the electrifying player that he was on Sunday’s. He always made football so much fun to watch, and for that he will be dearly missed.