The Jets, whose recent defensive inconsistencies have been well documented, once again struggled to mount an effective pass-rush, allowing Edwards plenty of time to maneuver in the pocket. A Buffalo Bills offense that entered the game ranking among the league's worst had their most productive outing of the season.
" We are still a work in progress," Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis said. "Teams are attacking us in different ways. They are just executing their plays and we're not doing a good job stopping them. As far as today, I think we played well against the run. There were times he did get out but overall I thought we shut the run down. We just got to work on the passing (defense)."
On the offensive side of the ball, Chad Pennington had another productive afternoon; throwing for 290 yards and a score. However, two ill-timed interceptions proved costly.
Pennington's first interception came early in the fourth quarter on a pass intended for Laveranues Coles. It appeared there was miscommunication between the two, and cornerback Jabari Greer jumped the route, picking Pennington off and handing his offense the ball, and a short field to work with.
Six plays later, Edwards found his tight end, Michael Gaines, in the end zone to give the Bills a ten point fourth quarter lead.
Led by the strong running of Leon Washington, the Jets offense rallied; cutting the deficit to three and getting the ball back in Pennington's hands with 1:17 left on the clock.
The Jets offense crossed midfield and looked poised to give Mike Nugent an opportuity to atone for his 37-yard miss prior to halftime.
However, with 11 seconds remaining, Pennington committed his second mistake of the afternoon. An errant pass intended for Justin McCareins was intercepted by cornerback Terrence McGee. The play sealed the Jets fate, and secured the first win of the season for the Bills.