Buffalo Bills at New York Jets 9/22/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: New York Jets 27, Buffalo Bills 20
September 22, 2013
Sunday’s big Week 3 showdown between the Bills and Jets was certainly an interesting affair, but we’ll get to that in a moment. Both teams came into the game at 1-1: the Jets after dropping a close one in New England last Thursday; the Bills after pulling out the miracle comeback against the Panthers. Each team needed a win in order to keep pace with the Dolphins and Patriots in the AFC East.
Let’s take a look at some of the stars and noteworthy happenings from the game, as well as glance forward to see what’s in store for each team next week.
What Happened: If you’re a big fan of penalties, this was the game for you. We can’t think of a sloppier game played in recent memory, and most of that is on the Jets. They finished with a whopping 20 penalties (which was a franchise record), which helped to make the game a lot closer than it should have been. Thanks to a long touchdown by Santonio Holmes in the fourth quarter, the Jets were able to snag a 27-20 lead and hang on for the ugly win.
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The Stars: Jets QB Geno Smith was pretty good overall in this one (16-for-29, 331 yards, two touchdowns and two picks), and he got some legitimate help from his supporting cast. Holmes posted his first touchdown in what seems like forever on the way to a 154-yard day on five grabs. The Jets also had their running game working, with 149 yards (a career-high) on 27 carries from Bilal Powell. Their pass defense also came up big, posting eight sacks on the day.
The Bills can take solace in their TE-WR tandem of Scott Chandler and Stevie Johnson. Chandler hauled in five grabs for 79 yards and a score, while Johnson came up with six for a team-high 86 yards. Dan Carpenter was also 4-for-4 on field goals.
The Goats: Besides the finger-pointing we can do concerning the penalties (and the Bills weren’t perfect there; they had seven for 87 yards), there are a couple of things we can call out as adding to Buffalo’s futility. Bills RB C.J. Spiller was ineffective, going for nine yards on 10 carries and fumbling twice. Buffalo’s third-down efficiency was lacking as well, resulting in a 4-for-18 mark (22 percent). Rookie QB E.J. Manuel was okay but not great, posting a 19-for-42 line for 243 yards and a score.
Injuries: In addition to the defeat, the Bills also lost a couple of key players. RB C.J. Spiller had to leave early in the third quarter due to a knee injury, DL Marcell Dareus came out with an injured ankle and DB Leodis McKelvin exited due to a hamstring issue.
Meanwhile, the Jets had a petty lengthy injury report coming in, but were relatively fortunate in not losing anyone else, save for Chris Ivory. He managed just four carries for five yards before heading to the sidelines with a hamstring injury. We’ll keep you posted on everyone’s status for next week.
Outlook: Speaking of next week, let’s take a closer look at the upcoming schedule. The Jets will head to Tennessee to try and build on their success against the Titans, who are 2-1 as well. Tennessee’s rush attack and defense have carried them thus far, so expect an afternoon of smash-mouth football.
For the Bills, they’ll try to gain momentum again by hosting the defending champion Ravens. Baltimore is 2-1, and is coming off a 30-9 beat-down of the Texans.
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