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Fitzpatrick has his way as Jets beat Bills, 37-31

New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) dives for a touchdown during the first half an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) AP

The Bills made a few big plays Thursday night and made it interesting late, but otherwise got handled by the Jets.

Don’t be fooled by the final score of 37-31. The Bills took a third-quarter lead on a pair of big plays, but the Jets dominated from there the way they did for much of the first half en route to their first win.

Matt Forte ran for 100 yards and three touchdowns, but it was the play of Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick that exposed the Bills’ defense. Fitzpatrick completed 24-of-34 passes for 374 yards and a touchdown, and three of his receivers had at least 90 receiving yards.

Fitzpatrick had been 1-8 in nine previous starts against Rex Ryan-coached defenses, but past the first drive Thursday night he was at least a step ahead of the Bills. The Jets had to recover a late onside kick and then drain the clock to basically lock up the victory, and even that final sequence summed up the night. The Bills had previously burned a timeout with 7:11 left with backup quarterback E.J. Manuel in the game — then didn’t convert a fourth down run after the timeout.

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw touchdown passes of 84 yards to Marquise Goodwin and 71 to Greg Salas, but Taylor was picked off on the first play of the fourth quarter and the Bills didn’t run a play inside the Jets’ 20-yard line until the final 90 seconds of the game.

The Bills just couldn’t keep up with Eric Decker — or any of the Jets’ receivers — and couldn’t get off the field. Decker caught six passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 101 yards, and Quincy Enunwa caught six passes for 92 yards.

The Jets had the ball for 39:12 and rolled up 493 yards of offense.

The Jets (1-1) are at the Chiefs in Week 3. The Bills (0-2) host the Cardinals.

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59 Responses to “Fitzpatrick has his way as Jets beat Bills, 37-31”
  1. deanvernonwormer says: Sep 15, 2016 11:40 PM

    This was a complete and total blowout that the Jets had to sweat out to the end. What a joke lol

  2. igotgamenj says: Sep 15, 2016 11:43 PM

    Another long year Bills Fans

  3. trina16 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:44 PM

    Awww Sexy Rexy. Wonder how long it will take before he starts fighting with his brother.

  4. dudeicle says: Sep 15, 2016 11:45 PM

    I wish I had watched the game if only to see Rex throw his headset to the ground in disgust and anger. Bose really should sign him up to do a few commercials.

  5. amplewor says: Sep 15, 2016 11:46 PM

    They stink. Fire all the coaches.

  6. willige says: Sep 15, 2016 11:49 PM

    Jet just squeak by one of the worst teams in NFL.
    Don’t be fooled!!!

  7. tjacks7 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:51 PM

    There’s just something that’s satisfying about a Rex Ryan loss.

  8. MD says: Sep 15, 2016 11:51 PM

    Somewhere, Geno weeps.

  9. latenightroach says: Sep 15, 2016 11:57 PM

    And they didn’t want to pay him.

  10. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 16, 2016 12:01 AM

    The Ryan twins train wreck continues…

  11. npadln says: Sep 16, 2016 12:04 AM

    I don’t think the Patriots have any thing to fear when Buffalo comes to town. Now the Jets on the other hand… Need to see more but so far they could make things interesting in the AFC east and maybe even the AFC itself.

  12. solidarityrules says: Sep 16, 2016 12:12 AM

    Thank goodness the Bills are led by a pair of defensive geniuses. Rex and Rob are the reasons the Bills defense was able to hold the Jets to 37 points. Imagine what it would have been like without the Ryan leadership.

  13. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Sep 16, 2016 12:14 AM

    Good team win tonite.

    We’re off to KC…

  14. QB Film Room says: Sep 16, 2016 12:15 AM

    Fitz was on fire. Dude looked like best QB in league

  15. azjahawkr says: Sep 16, 2016 12:31 AM

    At least the Bills won the off-season championship. ..lmao

  16. tqaztec says: Sep 16, 2016 12:44 AM

    Buffalo defense has gone full Rob Ryan

  17. cantescapekarma says: Sep 16, 2016 1:10 AM

    Wow, that was just embarrassing. Rex’s defense made Ryan Fitzpatrick look like Tom Nrasy and the Pats at their best…
    The book is out on the Ryan defense. Throw quick, short passes and Rex has no answer.
    This team should be getting better in Rex & Roman’s 2nd year, not worse. It’s for being a Bills fan. We get our hopes up every season that this year will finally be different and it never is. Being a Bills fan is like living the movie Groundhog Day (with Bill Murray).

  18. funshipm174 says: Sep 16, 2016 1:22 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see both Ryan brothers get axed at the same time by the halfway point of the season.

    Defense gave up Almost 500 yards on a night the Bills were retiring an all-time greats Jersey in Bruce Smith.

  19. cdace13 says: Sep 16, 2016 1:30 AM

    Where’s Revis Island????

  20. hamlet423 says: Sep 16, 2016 1:38 AM

    Bills could go 0-3 here. Can’t be good for rex.

  21. noknoknokpenny says: Sep 16, 2016 5:08 AM

    Didn’t watch the second half.

    How did Revis look after half time?

  22. cylondetector says: Sep 16, 2016 5:16 AM

    Maybe Buffalo fans will finally wake up and demand the heads of the clown show Ryan Bros. and the inept GM, Whaley?

  23. MTLighthouse69 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:32 AM

    I remember when many in the media thought it was a great idea when the Bills hired Rex as their head coach. I never understood that. At the time, the Bills defense was very good. The problem was that the Bills offense was horrible. It would have made much more sense to bring in someone with a proven track record on building up the offense. That certainly isn’t Rex.

    Fast forward to now. Not only is the defense not as good as it was before when Rex got hired, this year he makes it even worse by bringing on his own brother who has a track record of being a horrible defensive coach.

    The Bills are going backwards, not forwards. This loss to the Jets does not surprise me in the least.

  24. bigpete07 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:34 AM

    The Jets got 20 million’s worth out of Fitzpatrick.

  25. michaele11111 says: Sep 16, 2016 6:23 AM

    Important victory for the Jets. They played well, exorcised the Ryan demon, but the weaknesses in their secondary were exposed. Who would have thought Fitz would look like a real QB last night? Big surprise. If he can keep it up, the Jets have a chance to be a playoff team.

  26. iowahbr says: Sep 16, 2016 6:23 AM

    Looks like the Bears will be a good source of key Jets players for years to come.

  27. dirtdawg54 says: Sep 16, 2016 6:52 AM

    Rob Ryan’s unique defensive talents strike again.

  28. whatjusthapped says: Sep 16, 2016 7:01 AM

    Too bad Fitzpatrick didn’t do this last year with the playoffs on the line, then I would be even more impressed.

    With the Bill’s defense, even a Viking QB could succeed, they are that bad.

  29. douc66 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:05 AM

    Yep, this defense has Rob Ryan’s fingerprints all over it. And that’s why it looks so bad….

  30. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:16 AM

    Can we please get some new, younger announcers? Nantz doesn’t know half of the players. Simms next intelligent comment will be his first. He hasn’t been relevant since the late 80s.

    How is NBC appealing to the target demographic with these dinosaurs?

  31. gah05 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:18 AM

    I was so wrong about them Bills defense, horrible last night.

    Enjoy your last season in Buffalo Tyrod, no way they are paying you $27.5 M next season.

    And oh also Rex & Doug, enjoy your last season too.

    CLEAN HOUSE, current formula ain’t working.

  32. bbillsfan01 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:52 AM

    Good Bye Rex. We hardly knew ye.
    ….and good riddance. Take that sorry excuse for an OC with you. This franchise is the worst and has no signs of getting any better. When does hockey season start?

  33. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:54 AM

    From a person who doesn’t care about either team:

    Excellent. I’m tired of reading about Wrex. I’m tired of him talking out of his hoo-haa. And I know he loves the spotlight enough that the only way he’ll ever shut up is if he gets fired.

    Go Cards. Finish him off.

  34. jr325 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:55 AM

    With the cardinals up next on the docket things arent looking too good for the hillbillies up there in Buffalo

  35. flightinsight says: Sep 16, 2016 8:22 AM

    The best thing about this game was scoring when they needed to. That shows playoff caliber football. Im glad Fitz can still swing it…maybe he finally figured things out. Great timing because he’ll never have this kind of WRs core.

  36. maxkingpin says: Sep 16, 2016 8:39 AM

    But Rex Ryan is a defensive genius.

  37. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 16, 2016 8:58 AM

    You’re finished Rex

  38. dougchillin says: Sep 16, 2016 9:04 AM

    Every defense Rob Ryan goes near turns to pure garbage. How does this guy keep getting hired?

  39. Della Street says: Sep 16, 2016 9:05 AM

    npadln says:
    Sep 16, 2016 12:04 AM
    I don’t think the Patriots have any thing to fear when Buffalo comes to town. Now the Jets on the other hand… Need to see more but so far they could make things interesting in the AFC east and maybe even the AFC itself.

    _______________________

    Giving up over 30 points to the Bills? I don’t see it.

  40. weepingjebus says: Sep 16, 2016 9:08 AM

    As predicted, our religion hating, Lady Gaga loving Bills fans now get to enjoy the taste of basement. Feels right.

  41. 4th Down says: Sep 16, 2016 9:12 AM

    How about them Ryan brothers? Defensive geniuses! Got blown out by a mediocre QB, lol.

  42. camdenyard says: Sep 16, 2016 9:12 AM

    Has anyone noticed that wherever Rob Ryan goes, defenses crash land? Seriously, what has this guy done to deserve any DC job? I know a few people with “Ryan” as there last name that can do better than this fat clown. Just sayin’.

  43. quizlingclinic says: Sep 16, 2016 9:12 AM

    “flightinsight says:
    Sep 16, 2016 8:22 AM
    The best thing about this game was scoring when they needed to. That shows playoff caliber football. ”

    it’s Sept. It’s the Bills. Bills are awful. Its nothing like playoff football

  44. rideforjesus says: Sep 16, 2016 9:14 AM

    $20 million for a starting cornerback who has lost it….isn’t going to fly next year…Jets will have serious cap space issues next year.

  45. getyourownname says: Sep 16, 2016 9:30 AM

    “Every defense Rob Ryan goes near turns to pure garbage. How does this guy keep getting hired?”
    **************

    For as long as he has a relative working as a head coach. Which may not be much longer.

    Then again, Jeff Fisher keeps getting extensions with his losing record, so who knows?

  46. nhpats says: Sep 16, 2016 9:34 AM

    Remember when the Bills had the #4 defense in the league?

  47. araidersfan says: Sep 16, 2016 9:53 AM

    I neither like nor hate the Bills so no dog in this hunt. But if I were a Bills fan I’d be hoping that the team goes 3-13 or 4-12. The reason is that this may decisively convince Pegula to get rid of the Ryan Bros. On the other hand if Buffalo wins 6 to 8 games, then the likelihood is that they’ll stay and the circus continues for yet another year.

  48. ncphinsfan says: Sep 16, 2016 9:55 AM

    As an AFC East team fan, I enjoyed the game with some interest. I can’t imagine the average NFL did however. It was fun with some lead changes and big plays, but on the other hand this looked like NERF Football schollyard stuff. Bombs away? Both Defenses yielded one big play against each other. Zero pressure on the QBs. Sorry, fans of the Jets or Bills, but either you both are awesome or you both actually kimda stink. The Jets Offense was impressive, but they also gave up a boatload of points too. Let’s see how they play the Chiefs, a good balanced team. I am betting back to earth results. Don’t buy your Playoff Tickets just yet.

  49. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 16, 2016 10:17 AM

    “Tyrod Taylor is not an NFL starting QB”
    — Me last season
    🙂

  50. dudeicle says: Sep 16, 2016 10:52 AM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Sep 16, 2016 10:17 AM
    “Tyrod Taylor is not an NFL starting QB”
    — Me last season
    🙂
    ————————————-

    And Mark Sanchez was available

  51. oldcracker says: Sep 16, 2016 11:20 AM

    Keep the faith, Bills fans. You can always look forward to the Browns in DECEMBER!

  52. gah05 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:01 PM

    oldcracker says:

    Keep the faith, Bills fans. You can always look forward to the Browns in DECEMBER!
    ——————————————
    This will be a BIG game, playing for the 1st overall pick!

  53. granadafan says: Sep 16, 2016 12:07 PM

    Bills fans can take solace in the fact that at least their offense doesn’t suck.

  54. jetsfan136 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:25 PM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Sep 16, 2016 10:17 AM
    “Tyrod Taylor is not an NFL starting QB”
    — Me last season

    ———

    Jets must be trying to tank with this roster. Only explanation.

    – You this season

    Jets roster looks very good. Forte at his number versus what Ivory got was a great move.

  55. scmems07 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:46 PM

    That final score was not indicative of how that game went. The Jets demoralized them. The Bill’s are not a good football team and Taylor is not the answer. Can’t keep relying on 4 or 5 big plays to win games and Rob’s terrible defense continues to follow him wherever he goes.

    The Jets have a good roster…..but, it’s not a roster that will last for the next 3-5 years. Their best players are getting towards the end of their careers (Marshall, Forte, Revis, Fitz, Mangold, Harris) and they don’t have much talent behind them to step up when they leave. The D-line is solid and young, but no QB behind Fitz, Decker is good, but not #1 good, no TE, Pryor is a big hitter, but not the best in coverage and the secondary is suspect. Especially when they let Taylor throw 300 and 3 TD’s on them. Jets are in a win now mode, but they are good, no denying that.

  56. jetsfan136 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:56 PM

    Effectively, Enunwa is the TE. Still gotta find someone to cover him if you are gonna double Marshall or Decker. The other Marshall is a player as well. Gets open and has good hands. Good moves too and hard to bring down.

  57. mmack66 says: Sep 16, 2016 1:14 PM

    QB Film Room says:
    Sep 16, 2016 12:15 AM

    Fitz was on fire. Dude looked like best QB in league
    —————————–

    Give him time.

  58. jetsfan136 says: Sep 16, 2016 1:40 PM

    QB Film Room says:
    Sep 16, 2016 12:15 AM

    Fitz was on fire. Dude looked like best QB in league
    —————————–

    Give him time.

    —–

    1-1 versus NE as a Jet…and had the lead towards the end of the third at Gillette. Jets D-line usually gives NE trouble too.

  59. truths4all says: Sep 16, 2016 1:44 PM

    I wonder if the Fitz Haters will eat their evil words they spewed when Fitz refused to sign for pennies earlier this year.

    I wonder if those dumb Jets fans who hate Fitz and believed the propaganda the Jets were spewing out about Fitz actually still believe your second string QB (now what’s his name?) could have made those reads and passes that Fitz did to carve apart the Bill’s D?

    Perhaps now the uninformed Jets fans will begin to understand that every successful NFL QB has a decent running attack which the Jets finally now have?

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