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Jets climb the AFC East ladder

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Before today, the Jets had played three road games this season. And the Jets had lost them all.

Today, the Jets made the trek to Western New York for a crack at the previously 5-2 Bills, and many (including me) weren’t impressed by wins over the Dolphins and the Chargers.  And so the Jets delivered perhaps their most impressive victory of the year, shutting down the Bills and pulling into a second-place tie with the Bills in the AFC East.

With only three total points scored in the first half, the Jets systematically pulled away from the Bills in the second half, via touchdown runs by LaDainian Tomlinson and John Conner and a touchdown reception by Santonio Holmes.

New York’s final points capped a 14-play, 84-yard drive, which gave the Jets a 27-3 lead in the fourth quarter.  A late score by the Bills plus two-point conversion pushed the final score to 27-11.

The Jets dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for nearly 38 minutes.

The two teams are now tied at 5-3, behind the currently 5-2 Patriots.  If the Pats lose to the Giants, there will be a three-way tie at the top of the division.

For Buffalo, a great started has given way to serious questions about whether they’ll end a postseason drought that extends back to 1999.  Not long ago, the answer was a clear yes.  Now, it’s not looking so good.

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40 Responses to “Jets climb the AFC East ladder”
  1. maxvv says: Nov 6, 2011 4:56 PM

    Just a monster Jets win. Aside from Sanchez’s two Sanchez moments, I saw nothing but positives from the entire team. Still lots of football to come, however, including two more divisional games in November.

    Happy 3rd straight win, ampats. See ya next week.

  2. david7590 says: Nov 6, 2011 5:00 PM

    Its 2007 all over again for Buffalo.

  3. RexCanCoach says: Nov 6, 2011 5:01 PM

    This was not as close as the score indicated. If Sanchez does not have 2 bonehead moments Jets would have won by 30 pts.

    Sorry Bills but you have work to do, you don’t just wake up and contend for AFC East title.

    Jets in great position now to continue the winning streak at home vs. Patriots next week with 1st place on the line.

  4. mh28102 says: Nov 6, 2011 5:05 PM

    Crazy how Jets disappointed through first 8 and Bills played well yet Jets have the better chance at the playoffs now.

  5. pftbillsfan says: Nov 6, 2011 5:08 PM

    what bs, they’re 5-3 after playing the hardest schedule in the nfl over the first half of the season. Obviously Im biased but let’s give some credit…also Phil Simms is the worst most annoying announcer ever and his son sucks at qb

  6. jetfanfolife says: Nov 6, 2011 5:08 PM

    Choke-o’lo Bills…lol…were never that good to begin with…

    I just want to rub it in the face of the haters who kept talking BS all last week about how the Bill were going to dominate them. Even with Revis not covering well (must’ve been sleeping it does get lonely and boring on Revis Island) on 2 key plays Buffalo STILL had nothing afterwards

  7. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 6, 2011 5:16 PM

    It’s going to be a 3 way tie atop the division with the suddenly (and again) punchless Patriots.

    I had a feeling they’d come out trying to rely on the run and here we are….three and out after three and out.

  8. bsun98 says: Nov 6, 2011 5:19 PM

    Has EVERYONE forgotten the Jets 3 road losses were AT Oakland for their home opener (with a helathy McFadden & Campbell) AT Baltimore (who are 18-1 in their last 19 home games) and AT New England (who are awesome at home) all in a row!!!!!

    Folks made far too much about these losses. The Jets are right there with the big boys in the AFC. In fact, they never actually left that group.

    As for the Bills- their record in games in which they have beneftted from less than 4 opponent turnovers: 1-3. They are who we thought they were.

  9. greendreams6 says: Nov 6, 2011 5:26 PM

    If not for that garbage time TD + 2 pt conversion when the defense packed it in, they wouldve only scored a FG. The Bills are beyond overrated. The Jets had arguably one of the toughest 1st half schedules plus a mediocre QB and they are 5-3. Say what you want but the JETS arent going anywhere. They are well coached and will contend for the AFC E with the Patriots. The Bills on the other hand got exposed today.

  10. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 6, 2011 5:37 PM

    J-E-T-S! So much for Stevie Johnson and everyone else who was on the Bills bandwagon.

  11. david7590 says: Nov 6, 2011 5:41 PM

    @bsun98:
    Don’t forget Mangold was out in both the Raider and Raven game and the offense suffered because of it. The Patriot game when Mangold back they just lost.

  12. kegpack says: Nov 6, 2011 5:50 PM

    Looks like the real Bills are standing up -Pretenders.

    Once again I think it was a mistake to pay Fitz this early. He looks like absolute crap. His throwing motion reminds me of Tebows (sh!tty). Now they are handcuffed to him. You never see him going over plays with his recievers on the sideline, he just sits on the bench like hes taking a sh!t. Hes a solid backup in this league and his true colors are coming out now because the Bills are leading the division and teams are getting up for them. The Bills cant handle prosperity and its showing. This game was an absolute must win and they came in unprepared.

    Ya I’m not a a Billiever. Seen this crap too many times over the years. Here comes the slide…

  13. keepyerstickontheice says: Nov 6, 2011 5:57 PM

    Man, if only the Jets had two weeks to prepare for everybody else, they’d be like 8-0 by now.

  14. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 6, 2011 6:01 PM

    Enjoy your W Jets fans, you will be brought back to earth next week. This loss hurts the Bills now, but they have a very soft schedule the rest of the way, and have beaten the Pats once. I can’t see how everybody is piling on the Bills that they aren’t for real. If anything, they are getting better. The D played much better today, while being on the field for almost 40 min. This Offense is a lot better than what showed up today, and poor play calling didn’t help anything today. Yet again though, a few bad calls that could have swung the momentum the other way, especially the PI on McKelvin on an unreachable ball. Either way, the Jets won, but should be prepared for a solid rematch in a few weeks, I still think it’s Buffalo and NE fighting for the division, and it will probably come down to the New Years Eve game. Then maybe the Jets won’t get a chance to lose their 3rd straight AFCC game.

  15. nyjalleffingday says: Nov 6, 2011 6:18 PM

    Talking about coming back to earth…beat up a bunch of bad teams and have Tom Brady gift wrap a game for you guys, but you see the Bills battling it out for the division? LOL. The Bills are still the Bills. The Jets gave Buffalo multiple chances to be competitive despite being completely and utterly dominated, out coached, out talented and out executed, and the Bills couldn’t come up with one single play. Those wins were cute and all, but no. Know your place. (3rd)

    @mh28102

    Not really, if you think about it. Super Bowl contenders don’t peak in October…

  16. stanmark says: Nov 6, 2011 6:19 PM

    darn yall are right. tied for first in the division is such a bad place for buffalo to be. oh man its over. good season guys. maybe next year you can be tied for 2nd.
    and kegpack, nice job spamming multiple stories with the same garbage. fitz is in his first year starting the bills and shows promise (at least, the vast majority of NFL analysts agree) how many years has sanchez been with the jersey yets now? how sad. dude blew against the raiders and the pats! the bills handled both.

    jets go 8-8 this year punch it.

  17. RexCanCoach says: Nov 6, 2011 6:23 PM

    @rabid

    Yeah right the Bills defense played well today you say??? The Jets piled on the offense and time of posession, and the Jets offense doesn’t scare anyone!

    If you are feeling good about the Bills defense after the Jets drop 27 on you at home, you got problems.

  18. wtf_seriously says: Nov 6, 2011 6:37 PM

    Rabidbillsfan, I admire your spirit, but the game I saw today showed the Bills as pretty soft and unorganized. Those PI calls were not BS, sorry. They were textbook PI penalties. Worry more about your own team and less about how the Jets are doing.

  19. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 6, 2011 6:38 PM

    The 27 points you had wasn’t because of poor defense. You were gift wrapped TD’s with 2 poor calls ( Non-Call on Burress’s 2 handed push-off, and the bogus call on McKelvin) to put the ball inside the 5 TWICE. Again, I won’t be all up in arms after today, we had some very poor Offensive play and a boneheaded challenge by Chan that cost us time and points in the end. The pass rush is coming alive, and again we play a soft schedule down the stretch. I agree with an above poster, 8-8 for the Jets, 9-7 for the Bills.

    @NyJallefingday

    What would know about a Superbowl Contender? I mean you’ve been talking about it for 2+years now, but where’s the Lombardi? I guess we can hang our hats on losing 4 straight Superbowl’s, I mean atleast we made it to the big game…

  20. stanmark says: Nov 6, 2011 6:39 PM

    2011 Mark Sanchez: 1545 passing yards, 12td’s, 6 ints
    2011 Fitzpatrick: 1739 passing yards, 14td’s, 7ints
    Fitzy>Sanchez

  21. stanmark says: Nov 6, 2011 6:43 PM

    @nyjalleffingday: buffalo beat the raiders and the pats, how did those turn out for the jets again? and dont talk about giftwrapping games, that is sanchez’s trademark. get your finger off the trigger, bills/jets have the same record, and the bills have a better qb.

  22. ny82jy says: Nov 6, 2011 6:44 PM

    Since the jets went on this three game win streak they have gotten better and better each week. To me this was their most complete game of the year. Their d was awesome today from start to end and besides the sanchez pick and fumble their offense was good and efficient. The jets are right where they need to be and will battle for first place next week. Each week the jet hate is getting quieter. The good teams are starting to rise to the top and the jets are gonna be there at the end just like the last two years. Feels good to he a jet fan today. Now if only the giants could beat the pats now today would be perfect

  23. ny82jy says: Nov 6, 2011 7:19 PM

    @ stanmark
    The bills have a better qb
    —————-

    Really? Yea fitz really lit it up today? Check the stats he was outplayed by sanchez all day. The bills didnt do one thing better than the jets today. You got dominated in every phase

  24. bigjimatch says: Nov 6, 2011 7:21 PM

    I guess since we can’t argue the Henne is better than Sanchez, its now Fitzpatrick that is supposed better. Considering Fitzpatrick has been in the league forever and Sanchez has only been in for 3 years, that fact that its even a discussion tells you all you need to know. Sanchez has a long way to go, but both have their flaws. either your an elite QB of not. all other discussion are white noise.

  25. dannydramany says: Nov 6, 2011 8:40 PM

    ahhh jets fans are so annoying… jets played a very good game today.. they deserve the win but to say the buffalo was exposed to being the “bad” team they are… please with one of the top running backs in the league this season and a uprising from fitz this team has come alive… now lets remember last year the bills were 4-12 and were barely mediocre… the fact that this team is now 5-3 and tied for first in the division is a huge change… not to mention 2 of the losses have been by 3 points… close games that could have gone either way… by far are the bills a bad team this year. they are a growing team but lets talking about exposing something for what is real your coach continuously makes outrageous guarantees and slandering quotes on how you will win a superbowl or how he would have one won with another team… its real easy to beat a team with 2 weeks to prepare…. but to put this game in to perception no team will win with the amount of turnovers the bills had today.. poor plays made by the players that cost them the game… defense can only play hard for so long and being on the field for 40 minutes is alot to ask your defenst to keep it close while the offense puts like a car with out gas

  26. stanmark says: Nov 6, 2011 9:39 PM

    @ny82jy said “Check the stats he was outplayed by sanchez all day. ”
    This makes total sense… but darn those FACTS getting in the way again!
    2011 Mark Sanchez: 1545 passing yards, 12td’s, 6 ints
    2011 Fitzpatrick: 1739 passing yards, 14td’s, 7ints

    “To me this was their most complete game of the year.”
    Ya that sounds about right. Jets qb throws 230yds/1td/1int… this is actually an above average day for Sanchez. Meanwhile Steve Johnson was averaging 60yds/game until this week. Thanks to Revis he actually did better at 83 yds off of bombs. Welcome to Revis island.

    “The jets are right where they need to be and will battle for first place next week.”
    wow, so i guess the pats, bills, and the yets are all in the right place right? since they ALL will be battling for 1st…place…next….week.

  27. footballfan80 says: Nov 6, 2011 11:20 PM

    stanmark:

    Read and weep these stats:

    Playoff Statistics:

    Sanchez- 4 Wins, 2 losses, 60% completion, 9 TD’s 3 int’s, 95 QB rating, 6th highest qb rating in nfl playoff history behind warner, rodgers, unitas, Montana, Young, tied for 1st for most road playoff victories in NFL playoff history

    Fitzpatrick 0 wins, 0 losses, 0% completion % 0 td’s, 0 int’s, no QB rating

  28. footballfan80 says: Nov 6, 2011 11:27 PM

    dannydramany:

    I am sorry if you cant admit it but the Bills screwed themselves for the next 5 years or so with their deicision to resign Fitz. Why on earth would you pay a career journeyman all that boatload of money before he wins a big game late in the year or has even a remotely decent game against one of the better defenses?

    If you let him play out the year and he does either of the 2 above, you really think the Bills would be looking at paying him any more money than they already did? What team in the NFL would they be bidding against for his services for that much money? NO ONE. Why jump the gun and sign him now when his resume is incomplete? Just wait till later in the season and if he plays well the whole season, you pay him at most what you signed him for just now!

  29. stanmark says: Nov 7, 2011 8:05 AM

    @footballfan80 said:
    “Read and weep these stats:

    Playoff Statistics:

    Sanchez- 4 Wins, 2 losses, 60% completion, 9 TD’s 3 int’s, 95 QB rating, 6th highest qb rating in nfl playoff history”
    even though this is about as helpful to your argument as a bills fan bringing up 4 in a row super bowl appearances, lets in fact LOOK AT THOSE STATS.
    In those 4 wins you brag about:
    Sanchez goes 182yds/1td beats Cincy 24-14
    then goes 100yds/1td/1int beats the Bolts 17-14
    Then in 2010:
    Sanchez goes 189yds/0tds/1int beats Indy 17-16
    then goes 194yds/3tds beats NE 28-21

    If the dude breaks 200 yards its considered above average! He can’t perform and is continuously bailed out by a defense that is not as good as we have seen in the past.
    I’ll take Fitzy’s clean slate over Sanchez’s sub par play anyday. No matter what defense you have, the qb has to be able to throw the ball. Sanchez can’t.

  30. stanmark says: Nov 7, 2011 8:23 AM

    Keep trying to pass off Sanchez as a valib qb threat and you come up short everytime.

    Look at the remaining schedule for the jets- 8-8 finish on the horizon. Dont worry, in each loss SancheZ will throw for around 200 yards, 1td, and 1int.

  31. jetfanfolife says: Nov 7, 2011 9:02 AM

    rabidbillsfan says:
    Nov 6, 2011 6:01 PM
    Enjoy your W Jets fans, you will be brought back to earth next week. This loss hurts the Bills now, but they have a very soft schedule the rest of the way, and have beaten the Pats once. I can’t see how everybody is piling on the Bills that they aren’t for real. If anything, they are getting better. The D played much better today, while being on the field for almost 40 min. This Offense is a lot better than what showed up today, and poor play calling didn’t help anything today. Yet again though, a few bad calls that could have swung the momentum the other way, especially the PI on McKelvin on an unreachable ball. Either way, the Jets won, but should be prepared for a solid rematch in a few weeks, I still think it’s Buffalo and NE fighting for the division, and it will probably come down to the New Years Eve game. Then maybe the Jets won’t get a chance to lose their 3rd straight AFCC game.

    ———————————————

    Rabies is affecting your thinking. Bills had a soft schedule to begin with. Yesterday was crunch time for the Bills and and they FAILED. I know it hurts, I am a Jet fan and I can relate, but at least I am not in denial like you Bills fans.
    We may have not made it to the SB the last two years but we were knocking on the door. And trust me I would rather lose those two AFCC games than 4, count them 4 Superbowls in a row. The losing Buffalo Bills will be in third place through out the remainder of the season.

  32. nysaysbringit says: Nov 7, 2011 10:09 AM

    @ stanmark;
    The Jets defense WAS every bit as good as we have seen in the past. Its getting better every week!
    Sanchez did make some mistakes ,but he was able to “throw the ball” pretty well against the Bill’s yesterday.
    As I said ole “Fitzy” seems detached and not much of a leader.

  33. bigjimatch says: Nov 7, 2011 12:04 PM

    stanmark says:
    Nov 7, 2011 8:05 AM

    “I’ll take Fitzy’s clean slate over Sanchez’s sub par play anyday. No matter what defense you have, the qb has to be able to throw the ball. Sanchez can’t.”

    Fitzy doesn’t have a clean slate, he has been in the league 7 years and will be 29 on Thanksgiving. He has a career 76 rating. He seems like a is a nice guy and a nice story, but don’t make him out to be some young up and comer.

  34. footballfan80 says: Nov 7, 2011 7:07 PM

    stanmark:

    Its kinf of fun and easy debating with you about Sanchez because you bring up statistics that supports the other side of the argument, which happens to be mine!

    Those 4 games stats you listed for his playoff wins were great stats. Did you realize they amount to a 5-2 TD-INT Ratio? Did you realize the game against the Bengals he threw for 185 yards on 15 attempts. which is an astounding 12+ yards per attempt? Did you realize he was the best player on the field in the Bengals playoff game? Did you realize he was the best player on the field in the Pats game too and vastly outplayed Tom Brady in his own building? Did you realize in each of those 2 losses he led the game winning drive in the 4th quarter? Or that he outplayed Rivers when they played the Chargers?

    And what about those 2 losses you seem to leave out? 2 TD’s 0 int’s against Pitt, NOT in garbage time since they only had to stop one third down with 2 minutes left to get the ball back down by 1 score to win the game. Or the fact that Pitt had arguably the best defense in the league. Or the fact that he was tremendous against the colts in their loss with 2 td’s and 1 int in garbage time when they were already down 14 with a few minutes to go. The Jets didnt lose those 2 games because of Sanchez, but they were put in poisition to win by him.

    Yes, those stats amount to the 6th highest qb rating in nfl playoff history. Call me when Fitzpatrick has ONE above average game against a good defense in the regular season or ONE playoff game in which he plays well. Then we can really debtate. Now go hide in your corner and enjoy remembering the last decade of no playoffs!

  35. larrybiv says: Nov 8, 2011 8:45 AM

    Clearly the Jets are back on the road to the PO’s. Look around the league …..how many teams have a defense like the Jets? Stifling sound applicable? If Ryan allows Shotty to loosen up the play calling …in turn it will allow Sanchez to grow and learn from his mistakes. Enough with the babying. Let him fly like a Jet!

  36. stanmark says: Nov 8, 2011 11:18 AM

    @footballfan80 I brokedown the 4 games because you are sadly touting them as something they are not. you said “Sanchez- 4 Wins, 2 losses, 60% completion, 9 TD’s 3 int’s, 95 QB rating, 6th highest qb rating in nfl playoff history”
    look at the 6 games- Sanchez averages 192.5 yds/game and 1.5 td’s/.5 int’s. Your ONLY argument on this kind of horrible sub par play is, well… TRENT DILFER. Sanchez will have to double his output to hang in the playoffs, and, according to the statistics, he has shown he is capable.

  37. stanmark says: Nov 8, 2011 11:23 AM

    *correction “he has shown he is capable”

  38. stanmark says: Nov 8, 2011 12:40 PM

    Incapable that is.

  39. stanmark says: Nov 8, 2011 4:01 PM

    @nysaysbringit: fair assessment for last weeks game. I prefer the big picture of 2011 season stats to which sanchez falls short of production.

    @bigjimatch: fitz is in his first year actually leading a team. we’ll see where he goes. we all know that he has preformed better than sanchez this season, and based on previous years, sanchez will continue to average around 200yds/game and 1 td. thats just not enough in todays nfl.

  40. stanmark says: Nov 18, 2011 4:06 PM

    NEw headline “Jets FALL down AFC East Ladder”

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