The New York Jets dominated the Buffalo Bills for 30 minutes in the first half of Sunday's regular season finale at Ralph Wilson Stadium. How, then, do the Bills hold a 14-9 lead? Simple: they've gotten two big plays at opportune moments.
Trailing 3-0 early in the first quarter, Bryan Scott picked off a horrible Mark Sanchez pass and raced 20 yards into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game. Then, after Nick Folk had kicked two more field goals to give the Jets a 9-7 lead in the second quarter, C.J. Spiller caught a short screen pass on a third down and raced 66 yards untouched for the go-ahead score.
Aside from those two plays, the Jets have controlled the flow of the game. They've run 43 offensive plays to Buffalo's 16, and have a commanding lead in the time of possession battle. Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell have spearheaded an excellent rushing effort against Buffalo's league-worst run defense, as the Jets already have 119 rushing yards on the day. Ryan Fitzpatrick, even with the aforementioned screen pass touchdown, is just 3-of-11 on the day, and the Bills have 26 rushing yards.
Bottom line: aside from the big plays for Buffalo, this has been more of the same. The Bills get the ball first in the second half; unless they're able to up their game in virtually every way, it's fair to expect the Jets to chip away at that unlikely lead for another 30 minutes. This is your open thread for the last half of Bills football until next September. Enjoy!