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Buffalo Bills Dominate Turnover Battle to Finish First Half of Season with Win vs. New York Jets

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Aaron Williams' interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

Aaron Williams’ interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Winning the turnover battle is one of the surest recipes for winning football games. Winning the turnover battle six to zero paves a clear path to a blowout victory.

That plus-six turnover margin paved the path to a 43-23 victory for the Buffalo Bills over the New York Jets on Sunday, and has put the Bills, who sit 5-3 at the halfway point of their season, in position to contend for a playoff spot in the second half of the year.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets, 2014 NFL Week 8: Matchups to Watch and Keys to the Game

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Kraig Urbik will get his first chance to start this season for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Kraig Urbik will get his first chance to start this season for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills will reach the midpoint of their 2014 season on Sunday. Playing the New York Jets on the road, they’ll need a victory to bring a winning record into their Week 9 bye.

Buffalo, at 4-3, is a favorite to win Sunday against the Jets, who are 1-6 this year. While the Bills have had their issues this year, they’ve still been a clearly better team than New York, who carries a six-game losing streak into Week 8. That said, the Bills haven’t beat the Jets in MetLife Stadium since 2009—Rex Ryan’s first year as Jets head coach.

The following matchups and keys for each team will play a big part in determining whether the Bills can reverse that trend.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets: Week 11 Live Game Thread

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson may have a heavy workload based upon the forecast for today’s game. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills dominated the New York Jets on Sunday to improve to 4-7 as they enter their bye week.

Buffalo’s defense gave Geno Smith nightmares on Sunday and the Jets quarterback finished the day 8 for 23 for 103 yards and three interceptions.

Jairus Byrd recorded two of the interceptions and Da’Norris Searcy returned Smith’s third interception for a touchdown.

Smith also lost a fumble after getting sacked by Kyle Williams. The Bills sacked the Geno Smith four times on Sunday and pressured him multiple times. It was Buffalo’s best defensive performance of the season.

Offensively, the Bills struggled to move the ball on the ground with their running backs. Fred Jackson led the team with 34 yards on 12 carries. C.J. Spiller only had 6 yards on 13 carries.

Whereas the Bills struggled on the ground, EJ Manuel found himself having his best game as a pro. He went 20 of 28 on the day for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Manuel was accurate all day and had deep passes go for touchdowns to T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin. The pass to Graham was underthrown, but T.J. stopped and made a great play on the ball. Goodwin’s catch was perfectly thrown and caught in stride by the speedy receiver.

Buffalo also had contributions on the ground or in the passing game from Frank Summers, Scott Chandler and Chris Hogan.

On special teams, Dan Carpenter was excellent kicking in tough conditions. Carpenter went 3 for 3 on kicks of 40 yards or more. Brian Moorman wasn’t as great punting averaging 33.3 yards on six punts. His average was brought down by a two yard punt after Moorman dropped a snap.

The Bills may not have been perfect on Sunday, but it was pretty close. The Bills enter their bye week 4-7 and 2-2 in the AFC East.

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Buffalo Bills Fail to Capitalize on New York Jets’ Mistakes in Week 3 Loss

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The New York Jets made Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel show his rookie youth on Sunday. (Photo: Anthony Gruppuso — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

20 penalties for 168 yards.

That’s how many penalties the New York Jets had against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. They still won the game, 27-20, in a game the Bills should be embarrassed about losing.

The Jets showed an incredible lack of discipline, especially on defense, picking up stupid penalties at inopportune times. Of the 18 first downs the Bills picked up in the game, eight of them were a result of Jets’ penalties.

Between 20 penalties and two turnovers (both Geno Smith interceptions), the Jets shot themselves in the foot throughout the game. When a team makes that many mistakes, they should never win the game. They did, however, because the Bills didn’t make the plays to capitalize on many of the Jets’ mistakes.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets: Week 3 Live Game Thread

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine goes up against his former team, the New York Jets, on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: I’ve seen many ugly Buffalo Bills games in my lifetime. Tonight’s game against the Jets is right up there with many other hard to watch games. Buffalo fell to 1-2 after losing 27-20 to the Jets. While the score indicates that the game was close, Buffalo struggles offensively and defensively.

Offensively, EJ Manuel really struggled against the Jets’ pressure. The offensive line didn’t do Manuel any favors, but it’s clear the Bills quarterback was frazzled on Sunday. Manuel finished the game 19/42 (45%) and was sacked eight times. When passing the ball deep, Manuel often led his wide receiver out of bounds. It was an ugly game for Manuel, but those are to be expected with a rookie signal caller.

In the run game, C.J. Spiller was stifled much he was in the season opener against the Patriots. Spiller ended up leaving the game with an injury, but his ineffectiveness in two of three games is a bit troublesome. Fred Jackson led the way with seven rushes for 72 yards. Jackson’s appears to be the only back who can run between the tackles successfully.

The receivers were rather ineffective for Buffalo, but a lot of that had to do with Manuel’s passes. Much of Buffalo’s offensive success was actually thanks to the Jets and their penalty issues.

Defensively, the Bills failed to sack Geno Smith on Sunday. While Kiko Alonso and Jim Leonhard each intercepted Smith, the Jets rookie quarterback was able to move the ball down field on Buffalo’s secondary. Smith finished with 331 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Much of Smith’s success passing was due to injuries on Buffalo’s defense. Marcell Dareus left the game with an injury and in the secondary, Leodis McKelvin suffered an injury early in the game. With Stephon Gilmore, Jairus Byrd and Ron Brooks out with injuries, the Jets often targeted Justin Rogers to great success. It’ll be a game to forget for Rogers as the team begins to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens. Buffalo needs to get Gilmore, Byrd and McKelvin back as soon as possible to help with the effectiveness of Buffalo’s defense.

The Bills came close to stealing a game they didn’t deserve to win, but instead they are now 1-2 and two games back in their division.

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