Brett Favre had a solid game.
It didn't start out great when Ryan Denney blocked his first pass, but then on the next play he threw a screen to Leon Washington who took it 40 yards. Then on the next pass, a middle screen to Thomas Jones, Denney tipped it again. Clearly the Bills were expecting a lot of screens.
The first drive ended when Favre threw a terrific pass over the middle to Dustin Keller, who couldn't come down with it.
Against the Bills Cover Two, Favre did a nice job in the short-intermediate passing game. Remember this system is very good at taking away long passes. One of Favre's strengths is hitting players in stride, allowing them to run after the catch. A perfect example of this was in the third quarter. Favre hit Jerricho Cotchery on a crossing route in stride, and J-Co took it 35 yards. Favre also deserves credit on this play for spotting a major mismatch seeing Cotchery on 253-pound LB Kawika Mitchell.
Favre was more careful with this decision making this week compared to last week. An example of this was when he threw the ball out of the end zone with Copeland Bryan breathing down his neck and the Jets second possession. They settled for a field goal which was fine at the time. He didn't force it.
Favre threw a Pick Six in the fourth to Jabari Greer. This is going to happen.
But overall, it was a very solid, smart game from #4.
The Jets receivers did a good job taking what the defense would give them. Jerricho Cotchery led the way with six catches, including his aforementioned 35-yarder against Kawika Mitchell. Cotchery did some good work on third down with two six-yard receptions for first downs.
Coles had three nice grabs, including a diving 13-yard gain on Jabari Greer in the middle of the second quarter. This play was reviewed and upheld. Coles did a great job not letting the ball hit the ground. Later in that quarter, he had another 13-yard reception on Greer. He also beat him for 14 yards in the third quarter.
The Jets running backs rushed for a total of 82 yards. While it wasn't a gaudy number, they certainly were a big part of this victory. Thomas Jones rushed 12 times for 69 yards. 23 of those came on a carry in the middle of the fourth quarter. Jones keyed this run by breaking a tackle around the line. Another big run from Jones was his seven-yard TD jaunt in the third quarter.
Leon Washington had another standout game. On the Jets second offensive play, he took a screen 40 yards. On the Jets second possession, Washington broke three tackles on a run that should have gone for nothing, but went for five yards.
Tony Richardson had two key blocks in a row on runs of 23 and seven yards on consecutive plays in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Richardson might have made a mistake on a blitz pickup when Bryan Scott went unblocked on a run blitz that ended the Jets second possession.
The tight ends were kind of quiet.
Dustin Keller dropped a pass on third down to force the Jets to kick a field goal on their first possession. Keller beat Ko Simpson over the middle for a gain of 15 in the third.
On the second drive, Chris Baker was called illegal motion. Baker had one of the key blocks on Thomas Jones' 23-yard run in the fourth.
The offensive line had a solid game for the most part.
Nick Mangold did a lot of nice things. Mangold had the key block on Leon Washington's 40-yard screen in the first quarter. Mangold also had the key block on a six-yard gain off right tackle in the middle of the second quarter.
Alan Faneca had one of the most impressive run blocking plays of the year for the Jets on TJ's 23 yard gain, knocking two players out of the way. The first block was the key when he steamrolled Bryan Scott, opening a big hole. Faneca and Damien Woody paved the way on Jones' third quarter TD run. One play Faneca would want back is when Spencer Johnson blew by him for a QB pressure in the middle of the first quarter.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson continues to play well. Brick pancaked Ryan Denney on a Jones' gain of 11 late in the first half. He also had the nice block on Leodis McKelvin on a Jones gain of six in the third quarter.
Brandon Moore had a good game, but had his second penalty of the year for being illegally down the field when Favre was scrambling around buying time.
We aren't sure where the responsibility lies, but Paul Poslusny had two big plays in the backfield where he came through unblocked. First on a Leon Washington loss of two late in the first half, and then he hit Favre as he threw blitzing on the Pick Six.