Coming into Sunday’s game, all anyone wanted to know was how the Jets would handle having two quarterbacks.
It’s turned out to be a total non-issue. The Jets lead 41-7 in the third quarter after Stephen Hill’s second touchdown catch of the game. The 17-yard catch came a couple of plays after Mark Sanchez and Hill hooked up for 27 yards on a flea flicker. The Jets, it seems, weren’t kidding when they said that they weren’t showing off the full extent of their offensive arsenal during the preseason.
Hill was the second Jet to score a touchdown in the second half. Antonio Cromartie picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick and took it for a 40-yard touchdown. It was Fitzpatrick’s third interception of the game and the Bills also lost a C.J. Spiller fumble, which the Jets have turned into 24 points in a full-scale rout. None of the fears about the offense have been in evidence to this point, including an offensive line that’s held up quite well.
Which leads us to Buffalo. All caveats about Week One apply, but this isn’t the start that the Bills wanted after their offseason work, particularly the Mario Williams signing, left them as the recipients of much hype around the football world. There’s been little noticeable difference from the worst moments of last season and they’ve lost Fred Jackson for at least the rest of the game with a leg injury.
That mitigates what the Jets have done, but not all that much. Their offense isn’t a total lost cause and their defense remains a unit capable of putting them in position to score points. There were a lot worse starts contemplated for the Jets this season.