This is all-time meeting No. 98 between two long time rivals, with the Buffalo Bills holding the series edge 53-44 over the New York Jets. These are two franchises heading in two completely opposite directions right now. Even though the Jets have lost their last two games after starting 3-0, they are still a very strong team with lots of promise, and are in first place in the AFC East. The Bills, after two strong performances that led to a 1-1 record have lost their last three contests - and looked rather pathetic in doing so.
My guess is that after this week, the Jets make up some ground on that series record.
The last five meetings between these two teams that have taken place in New Jersey are after the jump.
Sunday October 10, 2004: Jets 16, Bills 14
After three quarters of play, the Jets led the Bills 13-0 on the strength of to Doug Brien field goals and a Chad Pennington-to-Chris Baker touchdown pass. The Drew Bledsoe-led Bills attack then rallied for two touchdown passes, one each to Mark Campbell and Lee Evans, to give the Bills the lead. But Brien hit another field goal with 58 seconds left in the game to give the Jets the win. Both Chris Kelsay and Aaron Schobel recorded sacks in this game. John Abraham had a hat trick of sacks for the Jets.
Sunday January 1, 2006: Jets 30, Bills 26
This was a real back-and-forth game that saw five lead changes and two separate ties. The most amazing thing about this game: Roscoe Parrish caught four passes for 43 yards, one of which went for a touchdown. Despite Kelly Holcomb throwing four interceptions (three to Ty Law and the other a pick-six by Mark Brown), the Bills had the lead courtesy of a 36-yard Rian Lindell field goal mid-way through the fourth quarter. Justin Miller would then return the ensuing kick-off 95 yards to give the Jets the lead, and eventually the win.
Sunday December 10, 2006: Bills 31, Jets 13
This game was close early, with the Jets holding a 10-7 lead when J.P. Losman hit Lee Evans for a 77-yard touchdown pass. Nate Clements then picked off a Chad Pennington pass and took it to the house to give the Bills a 21-10 lead, and they never looked back. The Bills had 174 rushing yards on the day to control the game. Aaron Schobel (3.0) and Ryan Denney (2.0) had good days rushing the QB.
Sunday October 28, 2007: Bills 13, Jets 3
After three quarters of Trent Edwards producing only six points for the Bills, J.P. Losman entered the game a promptly did this. Angelo Crowell (1.0), Aaron Schobel (1.0), and Kyle Williams (1.0) recorded sacks, and Terrence McGee, and George Wilson each picked off Chad Pennington.
Sunday December 14, 2008: Jets 31, Bills 27
I really didn't want to remember this game. Needless to say, after the Bills manhandled the Jets on the ground all day to the tune of 187 yards rushing - with Marshawn Lynch looking unstoppable - the Bills give the ball to Losman and let him do what J.P. Losman does... this.