Final Score: Bills 22, Jets 17
November 12, 2015
Kicking off the Week 10 NFL schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we had an AFC East matchup between the Bills and the Jets. Buffalo trounced the Dolphins in their last appearance, while New York got a scare from the Jaguars but eventually came out on top in Week 10. The Bills have dominated the recent meetings between these teams, and that trend held up here.
Let’s check out a few of the notable players and stats from the game so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll take a look ahead to Week 11 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Rex Ryan got revenge on his former team at MetLife Stadium in a mostly defensive battle, moving ahead of the Jets in the standings for the AFC Wild Card.
New York started out well enough, posting the only first-quarter score on a Randy Bullock field goal.
In the second, the Bills went to work on the scoreboard, sandwiching a fumble return TD between a pair of Dan Carpenter field goals for a 12-3 halftime lead.
Buffalo kept the pressure on in the third quarter, adding a Karlos Williams receiving TD from Tyrod Taylor from 26 yards out, and another Carpenter field goal shortly thereafter.
The Jets then put together a solid drive ending on a 14-yard Brandon Marshall TD catch from Ryan Fitzpatrick, making it 22-10 at the end of the third.
The only score in the fourth quarter came on a 31-yard TD pass from Fitzpatrick to Eric Decker.
Buffalo’s defense would hold throughout a series of odd plays and bad field position to emerge victorious in enemy territory. The 22-17 mark would hold, and the Bills move into playoff contention in the early conversations; both teams have a 5-4 mark overall.
The Stars: LeSean McCoy played very well, overcoming injury concerns he’d had over the past few days. He didn't score, but he would finish with 112 yards on 19 carries and five grabs for 47 yards. Taylor played a mostly mistake-free game, going 17-of-27 for 158 and a TD. He rushed six times for 12 yards.
The Buffalo defense and special teams were the real stars here, however, snatching up four turnovers and holding the inept Jets offense to a 3-of-13 mark on third downs.
The Goats: The Jets offense took a while to get going, and it cost them. The turnovers were deadly here, and the passing game never really found a rhythm (Marshall was pretty much nonexistent in the first half). Fitzpatrick’s numbers stick out like his sore thumb: 15-of-34 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. The Jets would lose the time-of-possession battle 26:44 to 33:16.
This was a surprisingly clean game, with just eight penalties called between both teams.
Injuries: Fitzpatrick is scheduled to have thumb surgery today, as speculated over the past few days. His injury reportedly worsened during the game; as of now it’s unknown whether or not he’ll be good to go in Week 11, but the general feeling is that he’ll be okay for Houston.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 11, the Jets will be back in action on Sunday, November 22 when they head to Houston to visit the Texans (1:00 PM ET on CBS).
Meanwhile, the Bills get another primetime game when they hit the road to visit the Patriots on “Monday Night Football” (November 23 at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN).
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