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.