Well that was fun, wasn't it?
The Buffalo Bills lost to the New York Jets 38-14 at Ralph Wilson Stadium this afternoon. The Jets' offense moved the ball at will. The Bills' offense had trouble with the pass rush and run defense all day. The special teams were lackluster, too.
Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambled seven times for 74 yards and went 12 of 27 through the air for 128 yards and a pair of TD passes. Both touchdowns and most of the yardage came with the game well in hand for New York, however, as Buffalo's rushing attack managed just 40 yards outside of Fitzpatrick's efforts. Fred Jackson was the most successful, getting 21 yards on three rushes. Marshawn Lynch, who lost a fumble, rushed four times for eight yards. C.J. Spiller added two carries for 11 yards.
David Nelson had a great drive to end the first half, catching two balls for 48 yards as the Bills put their first touchdown on the board with 41 seconds remaining. Fitzpatrick found TE David Martin in the back of the end zone for the score. The other touchdown pass came in the fourth quarter, when Fitzpatrick found Steve Johnson against an all-out blitz for 13 yards. Nelson finished with 4 catches for 75 yards on the day to lead the Bills.
On defense, the Bills were like a sieve, allowing the Jets to gash them for 274 rushing yards. LaDainian Tomlinson (133 and two TDs) and Shonn Green (117) both topped 100 yards rushing. It was the first time since October of 2008 that Tomlinson topped 100 yards on the ground. Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes and Brad Smith had one as well out of the Jets' version of the Wildcat offense. Dustin Keller continued the run of tight end success against the Bills, catching two of those touchdown passes.
Despite Brian Moorman becoming the all-time leader in punt yardage in Bills history, the special teams were not free from mistakes, as Chris Ellis muffed a short kickoff after the Jets' first touchdown drive. Nick Folk missed the eventual field goal attempt, so there was no harm done. Roscoe Parrish had a 26-yard return later in the game, as well.