Monday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills

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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.

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  • Joe Willie

    Both Jet lines out physicaled the Bills -some mental lapses when the refs were going flag happy—Geno and Holmes finally got some good practice time in and we seen the results as each games passes this young team will get better and better—Jet fans stop listening to the lame know nothing media heads and get your expectations way up –at least to be in the playoff run in December. I said the Jets would win more games then the Giants this year but I didn’t think the blue boys would suck this bad lol.

    • Alan Schechter

      It works for me Joe

  • Frank Antonelli

    Amazing how quiet things are when the Jets win. The haters have to hide in shame! Here are a few takeaways from the game:

    (1) Geno was the right choice. He may indeed be our long sought franchise QB. The idiot Bills will regret that decision almost as much as hiring the rat Pettine.

    (2) Rex is a GREAT defensive coach and showed it in 2009 and 2010. He made a grave error turning the reins over to the rat Pettine. 2011 and 2012 were seasons that the Jets were awful on 3rd down defense, Pettine has brought that to the Bills! While the Jets are now back to being a great 3rd down defense.

    (3) Mevis was over-rated. CB are not QBs and should not be paid at that level. I hope Mevis enjoys a horrible losing season in that hinterland he knows inhabits.

    (4) The MEVIS TRADE might go down in Jets history as the best trade this franchise has EVER made! Richardson is the real deal. Plus we have all the cash to spend next off-season plus at least a 4rd round pick but probably a 3rd round pick since the Bucs probably won’t cut him since that would make them look more inept then they really are. Imagine that 3rd round pick being a late 2nd round pick since the Bucs will be picking near the top of the third round!!!!

    (5) The defense is good but will become great when Coples is fully healthy and they get Milliner up to speed on the coverages. Milliner will be a beast by the end of the year.

    (6) Suddenly the second four game stretch doesn’t look so daunting with the Steelers collapsing, the Patriots not that tough and the Bengals definitely vulnerable.

    Conclusion: We’re headed to the playoffs and Mevis can watch us on TV!

    • Alan Schechter

      Fair points on all accounts Frank.

  • Paul Newbold

    Good game, especially for Geno Smith. The stats speak for themselves, imagine when he matures a bit more and doesn’t throw the 2 picks! The pressure the Jets applied stymied the Bills offense, great to see them getting to the QB!! Offensively they were quite good as well, the pass to Stephen Hill was a sight to behold, and Powell went a long way to prove he can carry the load. Only sad note offensively is that Ivory is a walking injury, defensively Wilson needs to be benched, someone has to be able to cover better then that!!

    • Alan Schechter

      Agreed Paul. It is tough to watch Ivory, as he could be so good, but he is never healthy. It was a great day otherwise, got to be out at MetLife yesterday.