Mike Pettine's defense got beat up in Week 3, surrendering 513 yards and losing 27-20 in New Jersey, This week, the Buffalo Bills defense answered resoundingly and Geno Smith, who threw for a career high against Buffalo earlier in the year, was pulled in the fourth quarter of the Bills' 37-14 win over the New York Jets.
Pettine dialed up the pressure and Buffalo forced four turnovers of Smith before his benching. Kyle Williams had a strip-sack that Manny Lawson recovered inside the Jets five-yard line and one of Smith's picks was returned by Da'Norris Searcy for a score. Jairus Byrd had two interceptions, as well, as Smith was routinely planted in the turf. Buffalo tallied four sacks - two by Williams - as they were in control all game long. A late 69-yard run by Chris Ivory skewed an impeccable day on the defensive side of the ball.
On offense, Nate Hackett came down from the booth to the sidelines and took the reigns off. The Jets loaded the box, daring EJ Manuel to throw deep - and he did. On one drive, Manuel threw back-to-back passes over 40 yards to T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin for a touchdown. Manuel finished the day completing 20-of-28 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns in his best all-around performance to date.
Buffalo goes into their bye 4-7 and riding high. The Jets come of their bye and fall to 5-5. Buffalo is only two games out of a playoff spot in the AFC. Just sayin'.