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Jets move to 2-1 with 27-20 win over Bills

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Piling up all the things the Jets did wrong on Sunday paints a picture of another gut-crushing loss born of self-inflicted wounds.

The scoreboard says differently, however. The Jets held on for a 27-20 win over the Bills at the Meadowlands on Sunday despite 20 penalties for 168 yards, two interceptions by Geno Smith and ham-fisted management of challenges by coach Rex Ryan.

Without those things, this would not have been a close game because the Jets defense ate up E.J. Manuel and the Bills offense. Manuel finished the day 19-of-41 for 243 yards and was sacked eight times by a Jets defense that brought a relentless amount of pressure. For all his foibles, Ryan can coach up a defense and he’s done just that by building around young defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.

It was a 20-6 game in the third quarter when the Bills clawed back into the game with the help of Jets blunders. A Kyle Wilson pass interference call set up one field goal and Smith’s second interceptions set up another before Wilson went totally haywire in the fourth quarter. He committed penalties on four straight plays, including a pair of personal fouls that led to a brief benching. Ryan’s mismanagement of the challenges also hurt as he couldn’t challenge what looked like a Manuel fumble on the same drive. The Bills scored their lone touchdown of the day and got the two-point conversion to tie the game.

The tie would be broken a few plays later when Smith hit Santonio Holmes for a 69-yard touchdown. Holmes had his biggest day in almost three years with five catches for 154 yards while Stephen Hill also caught a touchdown and went for 108 yards on a day when Smith’s mistakes were more than balanced out by some big plays down the field. He wound up 16-of-29 for 331 yards and also ran for a touchdown. Bilal Powell kicked in 149 rushing yards to help boost the Jets to 2-1 on the season.

It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the win was a much better brand of ugliness from the Jets.

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  1. wrongsizeglass says: Sep 22, 2013 8:06 PM

    Ugly, but still a win.

    BTW, the Jets had 163 yards in penalties, the Giants had 160 total net yards.

    The 0-3 Giants will be the big story tomorrow.

  2. jrcoop says: Sep 22, 2013 8:09 PM

    Billsmafia… sleeping with the fishes.

  3. lance19 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:09 PM

    Don’t trash Ryan…the has already won two (?)
    three (?) Super Bowls…and enjoys excellent job security based on his record…

  4. jakec4 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:09 PM

    eight sacks. Wow.

    I guess Rex still knows a thing or two about defense.

  5. briscocountyjr says: Sep 22, 2013 8:10 PM

    Wow, Geno Smith…..! (Looking at Kaepernick)

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:11 PM

    Don’t worry Jets fans, 2-14 for the year is still within reach!

  7. ryann252013 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:11 PM

    Very classy move by Geno Smith by Praying for Carrington while he was down. This man was never a diva and he is one heck of a rookie to lead a team with literally no skill position players.

  8. eaglefan94 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:12 PM

    Their wins have been ugly, but I’m happy to see the Jets 2-1. All of the unprofessional mocking from journalists and pundits was really getting old.

  9. green41563 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:12 PM

    Get mad, people.

  10. zo121179 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:13 PM

    Lets see what happens when they play someone tough. They still haven’t played against a defense that could stop a nose bleed.

  11. hatesycophants says: Sep 22, 2013 8:14 PM

    It was Legendary!!!!

  12. patriots123456 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:15 PM

    Jets 2 – 1
    Giants 0 – 3
    Redskins 0 – 3

    Weird

  13. wwwmattcom says: Sep 22, 2013 8:15 PM

    But the jets are terrible!

  14. c4h4n says: Sep 22, 2013 8:17 PM

    Geno – 331 yards, 2 TDs, and a running TD…. i cant wait to read all the reports slamming him for his 2 ints

  15. IndyTyler says: Sep 22, 2013 8:17 PM

    Just curious to see when you might actually write an article without your “Anti-jets” agenda on this website.

    I watched a rookie qb throw for 300 plus yards, account for 2 tds, and not let himself get sacked once. Yes he turned it over twice but he is a rookie you know?

    I would say that’s a pretty good job by someone drafted I’m the second round.

  16. earpaniac says: Sep 22, 2013 8:21 PM

    Raise your hand f you thought the Jets would look like a better team than the Giants.

  17. green41563 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:22 PM

    zo121179 says:
    Sep 22, 2013 8:13 PM
    Lets see what happens when they play someone tough. They still haven’t played against a defense that could stop a nose bleed.
    ________________________________

    “Play someone tough.” This is the kind of thing you hear from guys in their 50s who haven’t caught on to the fact that there *are* no tough teams anymore.

  18. boyshole25 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:22 PM

    The jets are terrible but damn Rex can coach a d!

  19. slim1337 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:23 PM

    As a Dolphins fan I am very disappointed that the jets have found a replacement for Sanchise.

  20. dbookatay says: Sep 22, 2013 8:26 PM

    #1 D in the NFL

  21. packersarethebest says: Sep 22, 2013 8:27 PM

    Living in NYC and being a Packers fan, I always root for this franchise to continue to be the comedy that it has been for the past few years. I do have to say that on a real note, this defense is ridiculous. Say what we all may say about Rex knows how to put a defense together! I hope he gets fired by the Jets and the immediately hired by the greatest franchise in the NFL!

  22. afcdomination says: Sep 22, 2013 8:27 PM

    320 some yards lol. oh my goodness jets fans. relax. geno should send Justin Rodgers a freaking gift card.

  23. bucforever says: Sep 22, 2013 8:28 PM

    Right now the Jets are the best team in New York state! That’s gotta mean something.

  24. tellemallrex says: Sep 22, 2013 8:28 PM

    Ugly,ugly win yes, but encouraged by the play of young players…..especially on defensive front 8

  25. strokinmyego says: Sep 22, 2013 8:32 PM

    The AFC East has been considered a joke and a weak division by many but the AFC East is undefeated against the rest of the NFL with the only losses coming from teams within the division (Patriots beat Jets and Bills, Jets beat Bills).

  26. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 22, 2013 8:36 PM

    Sanchez won the competition!!!

  27. stillperfect says: Sep 22, 2013 8:37 PM

    They’ve beaten the bucs and the bills, big deal…..nothing to see here folks, keep on surfing.

  28. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Sep 22, 2013 8:38 PM

    Exhausting game to watch!!

    Moving the ball on ‘O’. Penalties killing our drives

    Stopping the ball on ‘D’. Penalties killing our stops

    We kept Buffalo in it. Should have been a blowout!

    Plenty to keep building on though!!

    Team word for the week ‘DISCIPLINE’!!!

    Haters be scared once we work out the kinks!!

    2-1

  29. spedman24 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:40 PM

    2-1. Not so bad for a team w/the worst roster in football (like an expansion team), Rex must be better than Lombardi…

  30. multiplemiggs says: Sep 22, 2013 8:42 PM

    hahahah wheres the Toronto Bills fans now?

  31. bills399 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:42 PM

    ryan252013…orwhatever, ray lewis will pray for people too (except for the two murder victims)….what’s or point?

  32. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 22, 2013 8:43 PM

    Where was Mario Williams?

  33. multiplemiggs says: Sep 22, 2013 8:44 PM

    it feels good having a defense like we have. We can have our offense screw up and punt the ball away with our legs kicked up on the coffe table and a drink in hand and say “its all good, were gettin it back in a couple minutes anyway” hahah

  34. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:45 PM

    zo121179 says:

    Lets see what happens when they play someone tough. They still haven’t played against a defense that could stop a nose bleed.
    ________________________

    Pats D is pretty good actually.

  35. multiplemiggs says: Sep 22, 2013 8:46 PM

    strokinmyego makes a good point

  36. dogman9 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:49 PM

    Wait, where are all of the trolls who said Geno pick was a wasted selection?

    And those who picked the Jets as 32nd team this year?

    Now all of the talking heads on TV start backpeddling and jumping on Geno’s bandwagon.

    Do us all a favor – DONT BOTHER. Your football knowledge is unsubstantiated, like a weatherman.

  37. jlilly67 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:54 PM

    8 sacks vs a team that allowed 1 in two games. Not many outside the Jet fans know about this young DL. They are beginning to turn heads

  38. wearethesteelers says: Sep 22, 2013 8:56 PM

    In My Lifetime: Rex Ryan

  39. cwk22 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:59 PM

    Congrats. Jets doing better then I thought. A Dolphin Fan.

  40. onebucplace says: Sep 22, 2013 9:00 PM

    Amazing the Jets fans whining about the officials after being given a win in week 1 by the officials.

  41. longtermbuffalonian says: Sep 22, 2013 9:13 PM

    To be honest – I thought the Bills had the better team going into this game and were gonna squeak out a win. I’ll admit – I was pretty badly wrong. The Jets DOMINATED the game on both sides of the ball.

    Gotta hand it to the Jets D – they were SWARMING today… They did what they needed to do – keep the pressure on and prevent EJ from getting into a rhythm. And their offense did what needed to be done.

    (still not convinced Geno is that much better than EJ, but he certainly looked better today throwing against our *really* beat up secondary…)

  42. beastmode5150 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:20 PM

    AFC. Maybe they will play a real team soon.

  43. wwwmattcom says: Sep 22, 2013 9:24 PM

    Jets don’t have a chance. What a terrible sign for the ATC east.

  44. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 22, 2013 9:26 PM

    Jets havve a winning record without Sanchez at QB. Imagine that?

  45. 1uniquename says: Sep 22, 2013 9:30 PM

    Afc east beat the Colts and Falcons, two playoff teams. As a dolphin fan I checked off both games against the jets as wins but it won’t be that easy against that defense.

  46. gadzod says: Sep 22, 2013 9:34 PM

    Geno played against a 7th and a 6th round pick at CB, as well as the backup FS. The fact he e eked out a win and threw 2 ints is not encouraging.

  47. mrmet21 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:36 PM

    Jus two weeks ago the “experts had my jets as the worst team in the league. That’s y u play the games. Geno has gotta cut down the giveaways he looked like Eli manning out there. If we can do that watch out. J-E-T-S JETS! JETS!! JETS!!!

  48. heymangold says: Sep 22, 2013 9:48 PM

    Geno played against a 7th and a 6th round pick at CB, as well as the backup FS. The fact he e eked out a win and threw 2 ints is not encouraging.

    ____________________________________

    eeked out a win? don’t know if you watched the game, but if the referees didn’t blow an obvious fumble call forced and clearly recovered by the jets D on TWO OCCASIONS, this game would have ended 27-12. geno shredded that defense with huge plays, critical 3rd down conversions. aside from interceptions by 2 of the bills best defensive players, i think geno played a hell of a game.

  49. zipnyc says: Sep 22, 2013 10:05 PM

    @onebucplace – Your team gave the game away, not the officials. No one likes a bad loser.

  50. coltzfan166 says: Sep 22, 2013 10:11 PM

    Funny how the other New York team is 0-3

  51. orivar says: Sep 22, 2013 10:12 PM

    “Play someone tough.” This is the kind of thing you hear from guys in their 50s who haven’t caught on to the fact that there *are* no tough teams anymore.
    —————————————————-

    Seahawks, Ravens, Bears. Physically tough teams. I would say the 49ers but they’ve been exposed and need to do some reflecting. Maybe Carolina as their defense is becoming nasty.

    Rams & Cardinals are inconsistent but have potential.

  52. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: Sep 22, 2013 10:17 PM

    Calm down Jets fans.
    You played against a team without

    Jarius Byrd – pro bowler
    Stephone Gilmore – #1 corner
    Ron Brooks – nickel corner
    Leodis McKelvin- starting corner
    Marcel Dareus- starting DT

    Smith was just as average as Manuel. If Rodgers turned around he would have picked off the GW TD.

  53. multiplemiggs says: Sep 22, 2013 10:20 PM

    New York Sack Echange is back you punks. Enjoy the circus! ;) you mad? yeaaaaaaa…you mad :D

  54. brenenostler says: Sep 22, 2013 10:21 PM

    Well looks like Geno is the best rookie QB at this point. Better than that first rounder everyone has been praising.

  55. actuary17 says: Sep 22, 2013 10:21 PM

    beastmode5150 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:20 PM

    AFC. Maybe they will play a real team soon.
    __________________________________

    AFC 6-1 vs. the NFC this week. And the one win was arguably the NFC’s best (Seahawks) against the AFC’s worst (Jaguars). So yeah, keep talking about the AFC like that. Although as I’m typing this, the Bears will probably make it 6-2, but still a dominating day for the AFC.

  56. giantssb42champs says: Sep 22, 2013 10:22 PM

    Not a Jets fan by any stretch but for some reason I really like Geno Smith. He has quite an arm and will only get better. Sanchez better have his bags packed.

  57. lewiscafarella says: Sep 22, 2013 10:23 PM

    EJ Manuel sucked. CJ Spiller got hurt and sucked. Mario Williams sucked. Marcel Dareus got hurt and sucked. Robert Woods sucked. The O-Line sucked. Justin Rogers REALLY SUCKED.

  58. zipnyc says: Sep 22, 2013 11:06 PM

    The Jets defense is looking great. There’s no way you can argue with that.

  59. jr507 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:07 PM

    what takes the edge off a 2.5 hour drive home from MetLife: a Jets win, a cold beer, and reading the crying of the whiners who’s lives revolve around the “Jets circus” routine. That ship has sailed, boo hoo ladies.

  60. pzkslc says: Sep 22, 2013 11:13 PM

    Packers- 1-2…. Niners 1-2…. Jets, 2-1???
    Bizarro World!

  61. kgun80 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:44 PM

    It was a good game… Bills lost but I can take solace in the fact that it was close and competitive. The fact that the Bills stayed in it as long as they did is a positive. Since they were missing their top 2 corners and starting safety. I’d like to think if those guys play those big plays are minimized.

  62. slick50ks says: Sep 22, 2013 11:48 PM

    I’m hardly a Jets fans, and the Bills flat out suck, but Geno was ALWAYS the best QB in this draft and got shat on unmercifully for no good reason at all.

    The Chiefs should have taken him 1.1 period. He’s an actual pocket QB, unlike all this joke college QBing nonsense.

    This is the NFL!

  63. selbyrj82 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:58 PM

    I love how fans of teams jump on bandwagons so early in the season. Im seeing the same thing with fans of Seattle trashing San Fran the same as Jets fans on here are getting too excited.

    I watched this game as a fan of neither team and I saw an ugly hard fought game in which neither rookie QB was overly impressive nor overly unimpressive. The game was won for four reasons: the Jets offensive line is good (which we already knew) and it opened up the run game and helped protect Geno; the Jets defense played very well (we already knew they were good) and the extremely depleted Bills secondary (missing their top 3 corners) couldnt hold up, and the Bills play calling was shaky.

    All in all, nothing about this win indicated anything about either team we didnt think before this game. EJ will be good, Geno will be good. Both teams need work, and the truth is that this was a close game between two mediocre but young teams who still need time to develop.

  64. dlk47823 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:22 AM

    Powell, Holmes. Hill and Kerley sure looked good for a team with no skill players.

  65. drewzducks says: Sep 23, 2013 12:55 AM

    No one circles the drain like the Buffalo Bills !

  66. purplepeter says: Sep 23, 2013 1:01 AM

    Lets see what happens when they play someone tough. They still haven’t played against a defense that could stop a nose bleed.________________________Pats D is pretty good actually.

    —————————–
    Didn’t they lose that game?

  67. babyphife says: Sep 23, 2013 4:52 AM

    everyone says the Jets have no receivers but you could do a lot worse than Hill, Holmes, Kerley, and Winslow

  68. realfootballfan says: Sep 23, 2013 7:18 AM

    Said all the teams who passed on Geno Smith will come to regret it in the years to come.

  69. EJ says: Sep 23, 2013 7:36 AM

    bucforever says:
    Sep 22, 2013 8:28 PM

    Right now the Jets are the best team in New York state! That’s gotta mean something.
    ================================================
    You mean the best team in New Jersey right?
    Buffalo is the ONLY real New York team.

  70. pksullivanmha says: Sep 23, 2013 8:19 AM

    Bills didn’t deserve to win…..but they do have something special. @footballady52

  71. zeuslizard says: Sep 23, 2013 8:27 AM

    Makes it hard to win when your top 5 DBs aren’t playing…

  72. 1nyj says: Sep 23, 2013 9:23 AM

    Too many penalties but a win’s a win. Defense looks pretty formidable

  73. dbookatay says: Sep 23, 2013 10:05 AM

    EJ says:
    Sep 23, 2013 7:36 AM
    bucforever says:
    Sep 22, 2013 8:28 PM

    Right now the Jets are the best team in New York state! That’s gotta mean something.
    ================================================
    You mean the best team in New Jersey right?
    Buffalo is the ONLY real New York team.

    ================================================

    That is the stupidest statement ever. We (Jets Nation) tried and tried and tried to get our own stadium…Remember the West Side, stupid? NY bureaucrats shot it down, not our organization, our owners or the NFL. So SHUT UP on that!

    Dallas Cowboys: Arlington, TX
    Miami Dolphins: Miami Gardens, FL
    Washington Redskins: Ashburn, VA

  74. remmsterr says: Sep 23, 2013 10:30 AM

    I am NO Jet’s fan but I’m happy they’re above .500; albeit by winning ugly (a win is a win). All of the mocking by ESPN and NFL Network “analyst” and “journalist” was getting annoying and tiresome.

  75. lrjets says: Sep 23, 2013 10:43 AM

    lance19 says:Sep 22, 2013 8:09 PM

    Don’t trash Ryan…the has already won two (?)
    three (?) Super Bowls…and enjoys excellent job security based on his record…
    __________________________

    Either you are under 14, or you didn’t get hugged enough as a child.

    You can’t control either one. Sorry.

  76. lrjets says: Sep 23, 2013 10:47 AM

    EJ says:
    You mean the best team in New Jersey right?
    Buffalo is the ONLY real New York team.
    __________________________________

    Since you don’t have the stones to name your team, I’ll tell you what, no matter, there are condo apartments in Manhattan that cost more than the land your team’s stadium sits on!

  77. greenlantern75 says: Sep 23, 2013 10:49 AM

    Looking forward to the Jets being placed somewhere between 25 – 30 on every ‘Power Ranking’ and fully expect the 0-3 Giants to be placed higher on all of them as well…Which is why I’m glad I don’t pay attention to college football and the stupidity of actually basing a team’s chances of winning it all on writer’s and coach’s polls…

    Oh and also looking to forward to every ‘expert’ picking the Jets to lose 35-3 to the Titans next week too…Not saying we’re going to win (we are playing away and Titans have started hot as well), but something tells me that Chris Johnson will be on lock down like every other RB playing the Jets….I’ll take my chances against the awesomeness that is Jake Locker…

    Go Jets!

  78. lrjets says: Sep 23, 2013 10:50 AM

    Gotta love the Jets haters. They cannot find what to say about the Jets , so they use the lines that long jumped the shark.
    Buttfumble
    Circus
    SB predictions…..

    It’s ok, we’ll take the wins!

  79. jetsheartache says: Sep 23, 2013 11:18 AM

    @titusyoungslegalcounsel

    who cares how many of the bills were out on Defense… The jets offense didn’t win that game, their defense did.

  80. kev86 says: Sep 23, 2013 4:37 PM

    I have the Jets at 3-5 through 8 weeks. Time will tell.

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