It was a happy afternoon at MetLife Stadium as the Jets took down the Buffalo Bills by a score of 27-20. Aside from a few plays, the defense was terrific all day long, but before we get to the recap I have to give a shout out to some people.
Thanks to the “Road to MetLife Stadium” preferred blogger program, I had the opportunity to receive Coaches Club access for the game. All of the food is included, you can watch the game from inside, or on the field from a platform right behind the bench. Our seats were in section 115, right along the 30 yard line. The food was terrific, the access was great, and the folks at the stadium treat you like a king. After the game we were given the opportunity to walk the field, that is where the picture of the scoreboard to the right is from.
Thanks to Shane Arman and his team for the opportunity. Now to the recap.
It wasn’t pretty, but it sure was nice. The Jets did set a franchise record with 20 penalties on the afternoon. Several were on Kyle Wilson, which we are used to by now. He may have had four on one drive which was scary. Vlad Ducasse had several as well, which was not a positive, although the offensive line looked quite good. The most positive to take out of that was that the team didn’t quit and was able to RECOVER from those penalties.
Other than a few moments, and the penalties, the defense played quite well. They sacked E.J. Manuel eight times, which the Jets have not done since December 18, 1988. Mo Wilkerson led the charge in the backfield with two sacks, and the defense added 16 quarterback hits to the eight sacks.
We said all week that the way to bother a rookie quarterback is to put him under pressure all game, and is EXACTLY what the Jets did. It reflected in the stats, as Manuel only completed 19 out of 42 passes. He did throw for 243 yards and one touchdown, but much of that came late, as his day was not nearly as strong as those stats reflect. E.J. was running for his life all afternoon.
The run defense, as always, is something teams need to worry about as well. Yes, E.J. broke out some scrambles, and Fred Jackson broke a 59 yard run, bloating the Bills average yardage per carry to 4.8, but it really had no impact on the game. Before leaving with an injury, C.J. Spiller recorded 10 carries for nine yards. They were stout, and remained stout for the majority of the afternoon.
Great to see Quinton Coples back on the field, three weeks after ankle surgery, and making an impact with 2.5 tackles. Even in a part-time role he makes this team better.