All season the New York Jets have alternated winning and losing, and today was their day to lose. They were embarrassed by the division-rival Bills 37-14 and looked like a complete mess. The first quarter signaled the Jets would have a rough game when the previously-perfect kicker Nick Folk missed his first field goal of the season. The second quarter was dominated by the Bills as they put up 20 of their 37 points: two field goals by Dan Carpenter, a 34 yard TD pass to T.J. Graham from EJ Manuel under pressure, and a 3 yard TD run by Frank Summers after the Bills forced a Geno Smith fumble at the Jets 4 yard line.
Chris Ivory capped off the Jets 7 play, 40 yard drive in the third quarter with a touchdown, finally putting the Jets on the board. The Bills answered two drives later, though, with a 43 yard TD pass to Marquice Goodwin. The Bills capitalized on yet another Jet turnover at the end of the third when Da’Norris Searcy picked off Geno Smith on a screen pass to Santonio Holmes and took it 32 yards to the house.
Geno Smith was benched for the fourth quarter after going an abysmal 8/23 for 103 yards with 3 picks and a fumble. Backup Matt Simms gave the Jets their only other points of the day with a TD pass to Jeff Cumberland in the fourth quarter. He finished 4/6 for 60 yards and a TD. The Jets defense that was supposed to be improved after the signing of Ed Reed got torched by EJ Manuel, who finished the game 20/28 for 245 yards and 2 TDs. Mistakes and miscues killed the Jets; 4 turnovers and going 2-11 on third down makes a game nearly impossible to win. Perhaps the team shouldn’t have gone to Dave & Buster’s yesterday instead of having the usual pre-game meeting.
Tags: New England Patriots