The New York Jets tried but could not fly over the Buffalo Bills and landed in second place on Thursday, Nov. 12. Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills triumphed during his return to the Meadowlands and embarrassed Todd Bowels, who made some very questionable mistakes. The Bills came out strong with starting running back LeSean McCoy, who had been listed as questionable to play on Wednesday’s injury report. He was a big part of the Bills win against New York. The Bills remain a strong threat to the Jets and their hopes of making it to the playoffs.
The defensive line of the Buffalo Bills stopped Ryan’s former team inside their own 10-yard line not once, but twice in the final minutes of the game. Ryan could not contain his excitement over how well his defense was playing and sent his headset flying. Although it was both offense and special teams that did the scoring, it was Bicarri Rambo that sealed the game with his last-minute interception.
Ryan told reporters that his return to Jets Stadium was “like being dumped by some girl you have the hots for, you move on and every now and then, they call and want you back, and they can’t have you.” When Ryan was fired by the Jets. he was instantly picked up by the Buffalo Bills.
LeSean McCoy was only one of the stars of the game. He had 112 yards rushing and 47 yards receiving, beating Jets running back Chris Ivory, who had run for 99 yards. Ivory fumbled in the third quarter, which led to a 29-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter, who had added a 41-yard field goal to his stats just before half time. The Jets were flying too low for second place over the Buffalo Bills because the Bills quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, was too fired up in the second half and threw a 26 yard touchdown pass right to Karlos Williams, who is in his rookie year, and joins Robert Edwards as the only two players to score a touchdown in their first six games. Edwards achieved his accomplishment in 1998. Taylor was shaken in the beginning of the game by the Jets’ blitzes, but had quickly settled down after Corey Graham had intercepted a pass to Brandon Marshal, and the Bills scored their first points of the game. Right after that, Duke Williams recovered a fumble from Jets rookie Devin Smith and ran it in for a 19-yard touchdown.
Bowles stepped away from his safe zone and was more aggressive in his play calling. He went for it twice on fourth down in the fourth quarter. The first was early in the fourth, which was successful for a 31-yard touchdown to Fitzpatrick. However, later in the quarter, Bowles went for it again but this time the Jets had no success. Another factor in the Jets devastating loss was that Darrell Revis was not playing like he used to. Revis is not as fast as he used to be, and he had trouble beating the defenders down the field.
This season, Jets fans thought they had a good chance to go to the playoffs, but Ryan stepped up on his play calling. He let them know the Jets were not flying over the Buffalo Bills this time because second place belongs to the Buffalo Bills. The fans can not really blame Bowles because he did get aggressive when he needed to. The Bills took advantage of the costly mistakes and questionable calls from Bowles. They dominated the game and made Ryan’s return a memorable one.
Commentary by Katherine Miller
Edited by Leigh Haugh
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