New York Jets’ defense comes up big against rival Buffalo Bills

Over the past two years, the New York Jets have been pretty difficult to figure out as they rarely play consistently or establish an identity. One thing is for sure; the Jets’ defense is for real and has really stepped up as of late in big wins over the Miami Dolphins (24-6) and the San Diego Chargers (27-21).

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Coming into Week 9, the New York Jets had arguably one toughest challenge ahead as they had to face off against the up-and-coming division rival Buffalo Bills. With the Bills becoming a force to be reckoned with this season, the race for the AFC East division title got that much tougher as the Jets had to contend with not one but two playoff caliber teams within the division.

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This was the first meeting of the season between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills and it was considered to be one of the best games of the week with a potent offense going up against a lockdown defense. Even though the Bills were favored (-2) to come out on top in this AFC East division showdown, the Jets definitely had the experience of being the underdog and underestimated.

With that being said, head coach Rex Ryan had some tricks up his sleeve on Sunday as he would not expect losing to an inferior football team on the road. The first half of this football game was a defensive battle with the Jets up 3-0, but that soon changed in the second half with New York exploding for 17 points in the third quarter.

This offensive explosion got started with a goal line touchdown from veteran running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Shortly after the Bills were finally able to get the board with a field goal from kicker Rian Lindell, but Buffalo’s offense never really got going the way it has all season long as up-and-coming quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick really struggled against the lockdown defense of the Jets.

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Fitzpatrick finished the game with just 191 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Along with turning the ball over twice, Fitzpatrick had just a 51.9 passer rating and will try to forget about this performance in which he could get nothing done against the Rex Ryan’s defense. Bills’ running back Fred Jackson was the only real bright spot for Buffalo as he racked up 120 total yards, but failed to reach the endzone and had a costly fumble.

As for the New York Jets’ offense, quarterback Mark Sanchez finished with 230 passing yards, one passing touchdown and an interception. Not eye-popping numbers from the young quarterback, but he did enough to get the job done and lead the Jets to the 27-11 win over the division rival Buffalo Bills.

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Next week will probably be seen as a playoff game for the New York Jets as they are set to square off against the New England Patriots for the second time this season. With the Patriots getting the win in their first meeting earlier in the season, the Jets will have to win this game in order to salvage any chance of winning the AFC East division title.

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