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Bills paste Jets to close out season

New York Jets quarterback Sanchez evades Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Williams in the first quarter of their NFL football game in Orchard Park, New York Reuters

If Chan Gailey is fired on Monday, at least he can say he went out a winner.

The Bills beat the Jets 28-9 at home on Sunday, drawing the curtain on a pair of dismal seasons long after either team’s season held out the promise of anything but continued misery. The Bills offense was able to turn the time of possession tables in the second half, controlling the ball and scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to close out any hopes of a Jets comeback.

Of course, most would argue that letting the Jets offense possess the ball is the surest route to victory and they did nothing on Sunday to counteract that notion. Mark Sanchez was 17-of-35 for 205 yards and turned the ball over twice, leaving him with 52 turnovers since the start of the 2011 season. That should tell you everything you need to know about the state of the Jets’ offense right now and everything you need to know about why offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s expected firing will kick off an offseason of change for that unit. Whether or not it includes Sanchez remains to be seen, but his guaranteed $8.25 million salary for 2013 may mean his run as a Jet is not yet at its end.

Change is coming to Buffalo too, of course, and it will likely include quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick threw one last touchdown Sunday, but he completed fewer than half of his passes and didn’t do much to make you think Buffalo would be making a mistake by moving in a different direction. It’s always nice to leave on a high note, though, and that’s what the Bills were able to do on Sunday.

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16 Responses to “Bills paste Jets to close out season”
  1. wwwmattcom says: Dec 30, 2012 4:29 PM

    The only high note is a Buffalo Bill thinking this game means they ended positively. That guy. Is high.

  2. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 30, 2012 4:30 PM

    Mark Sanchez is the benchmark for poor QB play.

  3. andrewfbrowne says: Dec 30, 2012 4:30 PM

    All Bills did by winning was give up five or six draft spots.

  4. moose2k says: Dec 30, 2012 4:36 PM

    A meaningless win and all it does it lose a spot or two in the draft. Time to get out the brooms Ralph.

  5. dcfan4life says: Dec 30, 2012 4:37 PM

    Im curious to see how many people attended and tuned in to watch this game and if that broke any records…

  6. kgun80 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:49 PM

    Thanks Chan you now have failed at failing!! Coulda used the loss for a lower draft pick. Well at least we aren’t the Jets.

  7. blackbug99 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:56 PM

    Bring out the broom!! All this win does is move us down a few draft spots.

  8. profootballwalk says: Dec 30, 2012 5:25 PM

    Look on the bright side, Jets fans… pitchers and catchers will be reporting soon.

  9. jaysfan64 says: Dec 30, 2012 5:28 PM

    Complete clean out is called for… and demanded by the fans, I think…when more than one former player publically voices their concerns (to put it mildly) then it’s time for the broom…there’s a rumour Mr. Wilson will announce this week that he’s selling (estate planning)…that, folks, is the only way we’ll see real, true change..

  10. jillbrenneman says: Dec 30, 2012 5:51 PM

    The match up between Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t get flexed to SNF? Go figure.

  11. pinion8ted says: Dec 30, 2012 6:07 PM

    Love the AFC East…. neither team had anything to play for, both teams sucked, and both coaches likely getting fired tomorrow.

    It’s great to be a Patriot’s fan!

  12. EJ says: Dec 30, 2012 6:16 PM

    I’m thinking that Gailey will be given one more chance, which includes a new QB in the process. Nix is on his last leg and so is the rest of the staff. QB? Maybe Vick? Guess we’ll see soon enough.

  13. stevietimmy says: Dec 30, 2012 7:01 PM

    Only loser “fans” would endorse intentionally losing a game. As Herm once said, “You play to win the game!” So you would have preferred the Bills tanked the game and give it up to Sanchize and the pitiful Jets? Losers.

  14. harry1941 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:23 PM

    Rex Ryan wil not get fired because of his defensive skills. Teams like the Steels want him as their defensive coordinator. That’s Johnson wants to keep him.

  15. peepeetoucher says: Dec 30, 2012 9:53 PM

    At least we got the Knicks.

  16. npina111 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:01 PM

    guess the QB with highest rating on the team.

    hint initials TT.

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