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It’s a rout at the Meadowlands

New York Jets Kerley celebrates touchdown catch against the Buffalo Bills during their NFL football game in East Rutherford Reuters

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.

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21 Responses to “It’s a rout at the Meadowlands”
  1. skinsfan91 says: Sep 9, 2012 3:17 PM

    Play a real team. Fitzpatrick? Lol.

  2. eaglesfan94 says: Sep 9, 2012 3:20 PM

    Sanchez was right. The Jets really were saving all their TDs for the regular season.

  3. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Sep 9, 2012 3:20 PM

    Damn the 100s of jets haters on every jets article won’t be here. I’l put 10$ on it.

  4. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 9, 2012 3:20 PM

    Bills are a J-O-K-E Joke Joke Joke.

  5. mikeyz6 says: Sep 9, 2012 3:21 PM

    JETS BABY!

    the bills have a D-LINE?

    CJ spiller is an animal tho, knocking Fred Jackson out of the game is like shaking the bee’s nest with that kid

  6. flash1283 says: Sep 9, 2012 3:22 PM

    Don’t worry Bills fans, your team still has 15 games to battle it out with the Yets for SECOND place in the division.

  7. threespeedfan says: Sep 9, 2012 3:23 PM

    Congratulations on winning the offseason Bills fans – the good news is the next offseason begins in five months.

  8. realnflmaster says: Sep 9, 2012 3:27 PM

    LOL at every idiot on here who thought this team would win four-six games and Rex would be fired.

    How’s that Mario Williams signing going for ya buffaLOL. Undrafted rookie RT has been stuffing him all game.

    Make that 11 years and counting.

  9. rabidbillsfan says: Sep 9, 2012 3:29 PM

    This is for my Bills fans that were so optimistic after the draft. The FA signings were great, the draft, plain and simple, sucked. Gilmore has been TERRIBLE, and that was evident in the pre-season. Hill was available in the second round, yet the Bills decided to go with Glenn, who has been sub-par so far. All of the Spiller haters, are you watching this game? It’s the first game, but this could be a long, bumpy ride this season, and blame that on sub-par personnell decisions. I still belive in Fitz, but this defense really needs to step it up.

  10. Chase The Future™ says: Sep 9, 2012 3:31 PM

    .. call it what it is.

    Sparano has called a great game; kept buffalo off balance using the wildcat. Tebow is being used as a glorified fullback. Sanchez is confident, poised and his wide receivers are performing phenomenally.

    Special teams have been excellent, with great blocking in the return game that allowed Kerley to return a punt for a TD & have shown excellent coverage.

    The defense is faster and more physical than last season. The addition of Landry and Bell have proven great acquisitions. Landry decimated Fred Jackson and is the physical safety the Jets have needed.

    If all three units continue to perform like this consistently, the Jets will be contenders for the playoffs.

  11. jetsfaninjersey says: Sep 9, 2012 3:35 PM

    Everyone had Buffalo as high as winning the East..They are better than they played today, and the Jets are not as good as they played today…
    Mario and Kyle Williams and co. were quiet against a so called unsteady Jets O-Line

  12. teal379 says: Sep 9, 2012 3:44 PM

    realnflmaster says:
    Sep 9, 2012 3:27 PM
    LOL at every idiot on here who thought this team would win four-six games and Rex would be fired.

    How’s that Mario Williams signing going for ya buffaLOL. Undrafted rookie RT has been stuffing him all game.

    Make that 11 years and counting.

    Slow your roll there Yets fan. It’s the BILLS.

    Lets see this team/year develop a bit more than one game against a team that hasn’t had success since gas was 85 cents a gallon.

  13. pftfan says: Sep 9, 2012 5:10 PM

    “Stephen Hill will magically turn into a bust because he was drafted by the Jets”

    – Every PFT poster the last 4 months.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 9, 2012 5:19 PM

    Dude, it’s ONE game. Don’t start gloating about Hill or this team as a whole, for that matter.

  15. londonlion81 says: Sep 9, 2012 5:23 PM

    Wow. I’ll admit it, the Jets have really proved me wrong. Quite impressed

  16. billsboy88 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:19 PM

    Jets did what they needed to do: cause turnovers and get points off of said turnovers. Plus they added a special teams TD for good measure.

    Jets were good about not making mistakes today, but this game was more about how bad the Bills, especially Fitzpatrick, looked. Those 3 picks were the real difference in the game.

    And where the heck was the Bills’ vaunted D-line??! The two Williams were complete non-factors.

    But, if I’m a Jets fan, I’d be a little worried about Spiller racking up over 160 yards on the ground….

  17. pftfan says: Sep 9, 2012 6:51 PM

    “But, if I’m a Jets fan, I’d be a little worried about Spiller racking up over 160 yards on the ground….”

    Agreed…but the Jets were also without their best run-stuffer NT Sione Pouha, who missed Week but will be back next week.

  18. nofaceangler718 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:26 PM

    The thing that scares me is that every defensive player that looked great in the preseason played poorly today. Neither DT Ellis, Wilkerson nor Coples seemed to play very well. Bart Scott, who seemed a few steps quicker, only made a difference when he kicked Revis in the head. We need the 3 big linemen to become players before this defense is going to be on of the best in the league.

  19. pisano says: Sep 10, 2012 12:07 AM

    I have to admit Sanchez looked real good today, and I’ve been one of his biggest critics. I just hope he can keep it going because while I know they didn’t have a good team in front of them, they did execute well today. Next week will tell a lot more and hopefully they’ll keep it going. Good luck Jets.

  20. keepounding1234 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:26 AM

    realnflmaster says:
    Sep 9, 2012 3:27 PM
    LOL at every idiot on here who thought this team would win four-six games and Rex would be fired.
    ___________________________________
    Whoa. easy there fella. It was one game against the Bills. The Jets are going to find a way to tank this season.

  21. ohnothatguy says: Sep 10, 2012 9:44 AM

    Ahahahah jets fan always 1st to brag abt beating a bad team!! Remember last year after they blew out the jags?? Yea jet fans have short term memories!! I remember every1 was saying jets super bowl!! Yea!! And what happened? 8-8!!! Your clown coach n qb said ny/nj would be green!! Have a nice try trying to cover up that mural with 4 super bowl trophies on it clowns!! See how good you are after pitt,sf & houston oh and dont forget about them pats that dusted you guys twice last year! Now they have a real d in ne! Enjoy your measly win in doesnt mean much

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