ORCHARD PARK, NY - The Jets put up 493 yards of offense in route to a 37-31 win over the Buffalo Bills. Ryan Fitzpatrick (24 of 34 for 374 yards and one touchdown), torched Rex Ryan's defense and Matt Forte had a career high three rushing touchdowns on 30 carries for 100 yards. Gang Green scored 17 straight points in the second-half, and Forte's 12-yard touchdown run put the Jets up 37-24 with four minutes left in the game.
"Forte is a great player.... I really enjoy being in the huddle with him," said Fitzpatrick.
The Jets controlled the ball for nearly 40 minutes and had 28 first downs. The team converted eight of thirteen third down attempts. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey mixed up the play calling early, getting Quincy Enunwa (6 rec for 92 yards) involved, and calling the number of Eric Decker (6 rec for 126 yards and one touchdown), and Brandon Marshall (6 rec for 101 yards). For the second straight week the offensive line gave up only one sack, keeping Fitzpatrick virtually untouched the entire night.
The Jets scored on its first four drives of the game and went up 20-7 in the second quarter. Besides an 84-yard Tyrod Taylor touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin, the Bills struggled on offense mightily in the first half.
Buffalo came out strong in the third quarter and took a 24-20 lead after a 71-yard touchdown reception by Greg Salas, and a 36-yard fumble return by Nickell Robey-Coleman. But the Jets showed resilience and responded with a 12-play 84-yard drive, that ended with a Forte touchdown, taking the lead 27-24.
The Jets made two big plays on defense that helped propel them to a victory. Marcus Williams recorded his second interception of the season picking off Taylor who threw deep to Sammy Watkins down the left sideline. On a pivotal fourth and one play, Sheldon Richardson made his season debut in a big way by stopping the LeSean McCoy just short of a first down, causing the Bills to turn it over on downs.
The win gives the Jets some optimism as it will travel to play Kansas City September 25th.
"To come in here and get a win should do something for our confidence," said head coach Todd Bowles after the game.null