Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham (11) celebrates his first half touchdown against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
This week saw the Buffalo Bills taking on the fresh and rested New York Jets, in an AFC East division showdown. The Jets having come off a huge win over the New Orleans Saints two weeks prior, and the Bills coming off their second straight loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. This game was close for only a quarter, before it was blown wide open. So let’s recap how the Bills did this week!
The first quarter started out quite dull, as both teams didn’t do much on the offensive side of the ball. The only potential offense came from the Jets side of things, but Nick Folk had his 48 yard field goal attempt blown wide right by the brutal winds in Ralph Wilson stadium. A combined four punts by booths teams and missed field goal, not exactly a barn burner, but things really started to pick up in the second quarter. The Bills blew this thing wide open in the second quarter, scoring on all four of their drives, beginning with a Dan Carpenter 40 yard field goal. The Jets mustered -2 yards in a three and out on their possession, giving the ball back to the Bills who proceeded to march the ball nearly 70 yards, capped off by a 34 yard touchdown strike from EJ Manuel to TJ Graham. How would Geno and the Jets respond? By promptly fumbling the ball near their own end zone, giving the Bills prime field position, which was punctuated by a Frank Summers touchdown plunge from 3 yards out, to put them up 17-0. Geno Smith once again turned the ball over, which set up another Chris Carpenter field goal, this time from 42 yards out, to put them up 20-0, as we entered the half.
The third quarter kept up the torrid pace left off by the second quarter, as the Jets got on the board on their first drive of the half, on a one yard touchdown push from Chris Ivory, closing the gap to 20-7, but that was as close as the Jets would get, as the Bills would respond with another touchdown two drives later on a 43 yard bomb from Manuel to Marquise Goodwin, making the score 27-7. this was followed by not just one Geno Smith interception, BUT TWO! the second one being returned for a touchdown by Da’Norris Searcy from 32 yards out, making the score an even more lopsided 34-7 as we entered the final quarter. Geno Smith was relieved of his duties as quarterback for the day, replaced by Matt Simms who proceeded to throw a touchdown to Jeff Cumberland, to make the score a bit more respectable. Dan Carpenter knocked in another field goal from 43 yards, making the final score an embarrassing 37-14. An excellent bounce back game for the Bills, and another disappointing loss for the Jets who yet again have a let down week after a big victory their previous game.