Bills withstand late rally, earn 22-17 victory over Jets

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Ryan Fitzpatrick’s fourth down pass for Kellen Davis fell incomplete in the end zone as the Buffalo Bills held on for a 22-17 victory over the New York Jets in Rex Ryan’s return to MetLife Stadium.

The Jets had pulled within a score on Fitzpatrick’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker midway through the fourth quarter.

The touchdown pass was the 128th of Fitzpatrick career, which moves him past Sid Luckman’s 127 for most touchdown passes by a quarterback from an Ivy League school.

The Bills were unable to gain a first down in four straight possessions and a fumbled punt snap by Colton Schmidt put the Jets in prime position to take the lead. But the Jets were unable to capitalize despite taking over possession at the Bills 13-yard line.

On 4th-and-4 from the Buffalo 7, Davis never saw the pass from Fitzpatrick as it fell harmlessly in the back of the end zone.

The Bills converted a pair of first downs on the ensuing possession to drain the clock and Fitzpatrick was intercepted by Bacarri Rambo on the Jets final possession to seal the victory.

Lesean McCoy had 112 yards on 19 carries for Buffalo and Karlos Williams scored a touchdown in his sixth straight game to tie an NFL record for touchdowns to begin a career.

76 responses to “Bills withstand late rally, earn 22-17 victory over Jets

  1. Ugly football played in even uglier uniforms. This was not a good defensive game it was a horrific offensive one.

  2. Ugly game all around. Bills using their timeouts so early in the 2nd half, Jets committing atrocious turnovers, dropped passes, etc. The Jets had several opportunities to capitalize on Buffalo’s mistakes and failed to take advantage.

  3. They should be 6-3 that PI penalty at the end of the jags game will cost them at the end of the year.

  4. I’m actually impressed the jets made a game of it. The jets are a better team than last year but their coaching staff made a lot of bad calls and their defense is HIGHLY overrated. They have the talent to be an 8-8 team and that’s what they are going to be this year

  5. Good tough win. Short week on the road gutted it out and ran the ball pretty well against the Jets D-line hope that trend continues for the Bills. The run game can be dominant if they stay healthy.

  6. Never should have been that close. Jets got some serious home cooking, especially the second half. Guy gets his helmet ripped off his head, NO FLAG! Multiple favorable spots for 1st downs. No flags on multiple holds! Being forced to use your challenge on early on an obvious incompletion. And they still got beat at home! Go Bills!!

  7. And all of a sudden Rex and the Bills are right back in it!

    Week 17 between these two teams at the Ralph will be to decide who’s going to the playoffs

  8. A lot of a trash talking by the New Jersey Jesters fans. Sorry, this wasn’t the Browns, Colts, Jaguars, Dolphins, or Redskins (before you say anything about the Jags beating the Bills, the Bills also didn’t have Watkins OR Tyrod Taylor). Luckily for them, they have two more soft games against Houston and Miami before they start playing real teams again. With how soft their schedule has been, to be 5-4 is garbage.

  9. I’ll take it! I thought for sure the Bills would blow it after that muffed punt but they squeaked it out! Oh and Shady was a beast totally gashing that unstoppable Jets D.

  10. Not a Bills or Jets fan. Rex is a terrible coach. Jets outplayed the Bills. Jets offense out scored the Bills offense. Bowles made 2 bad decisions. Jets beat themselves in this one. Bills are not that good, will get slaughtered by the Pats and go onto a 7-9 record.

  11. Also, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a mid season football game receive so much attention by the press. Multiple channels literally had coverage on this game the entire day.

  12. mjd08501 says:
    Nov 12, 2015 11:58 PM
    And all of a sudden Rex and the Bills are right back in it!

    Week 17 between these two teams at the Ralph will be to decide who’s going to the playoffs

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    Week 17 between these two teams at the Ralph will be to decide who’s going to lose to the Patriots in the playoffs

    Fixed it for you

  13. I’m not a Jets fan at all and I can’t stand Rex Ryan. He’s a blowhard and has a terrible offensive mind. I mean that in more than one way. Rex will never be a SB contender. Defensively he will always be decent, consistently keeping around an 8-8 record in complete mediocrity. Sorry Bills fans, as long as Rex is your coach, your offense will be offensive.

  14. Who’s the play caller for the Jets offense? Chan Gailey? … I mean … pathetic.

    I was excited to watch these teams play tonight. I’m in Denver. So it’s always west coast and midwest games.

    Here’s my two cents:

    The Jets D is really good. But for all that they are, McCoy cut em like butter. He was better tonight.

    Chris Ivory is a stud. The offensive coordination on Jets is unfair to the players on that team – both sides of the ball. I’ll never understand how on 3rd and short or 4th and short you call a pass play short of the markers. Once maybe? Try to make a open field play … Chan Gailey lost that game.

    I dunno. I’m a bigger fan of good football than anything else. I wanna see good football played by both teams. There’s a lot of overpaid coaches on the sidelines.

  15. Amazing how many solidly mediocre teams there are in the NFL these days. Saw two perfect examples tonight.

  16. My major takeaway from that game is that these may be the two worst coached teams in the NFL. That they are both over .500 is a tribute to their talent.

    Between the horrible play calling, the abominable clock management, and the bewildering use of challenges and time outs, it’s amazing that either one of these dingbats ever manages to coach their team to a win.

    The fact they are both still in contention for the wild card should assure both GMs very healthy contract extensions and raises.

    As long as no one asks them what the heck they were thinking when they hired their coaches.

  17. Wa wa wa jets fans. Let me tell you the real story. Fitz is a good quarterback. Fun to route for. Chan Bailey is a go getter. Fun to route for. In the end, all they get you is turn overs and losses to 500 teams. Bills are the better team, this one was over with before it started

  18. Who cares ? nyc is all about the giants. the bills have talent and squeaked out a win against a wandering through the woods franchise. don`t worry bills fans. we will give you a hand on sunday.

  19. bchap17 says:
    Nov 12, 2015 11:47 PM
    If I had a nickel for every year the Bills have taken off my life…

    I don’t want to be “that guy”, but let’s say you were going to live to 95, the Bills cost you 50yrs so now you die at 45 – congrats on your nickels boss, you are the proud owner of $2.50 – nice try though!!

  20. Back in what ??…. A chance to have the Bills destroyed in a possible wild-card game ??…. Rex is a joke his QB will end up in a coma pretty soon ( lucky Suh didn’t do it last week)…Buffalo hangs on a thread cuz most of the AFC is weak … The only ones that really care will be covered in 8 feet of snow soon…..

  21. Even with Nick Mangold back at Center for this one, it’s obvious that the Jets’ O-line struggles more than 50% of the time on run plays. Ivory was able to burst through at times (and when he does he’s as dynamic as McCoy/Williams were) but … meanwhile, Zac Stacy goes down while Bilal Powell remains out … the ground game which was dominant is sputtering frequently; it looks to be Stevan Ridley’s turn to change-the-pace for Bowls & Co now.

    Oh, and non-sequitor: Reference here about Ryan Fitz amassing most TDs (128) by Ivy Leaguer since Sid Luckman. Dayum. This poor old dude held records for YEARS that are now being eclipsed by Fitzpatrick and (Bears’) Cutler. #IgnobleEnigma

  22. so glad that Rex is gone and the clown car as well. Jets are in a better space now that the Toxic Rex has been shown the door. Bowles has the defense playing well. If not for the turnovers, Jets win.
    Enjoy the win Bills fans…the head clown is driving the car and it is only a matter of time before the tires flatten and the head clown is shown the door, winning nothing. Que circus music….da da dutta dutta

  23. A couple of things
    1. I thought I was watching a kid’s Christmas play.
    2. Todd Bowles is Jim Caldwell’s son.

  24. In a quick glance the Bills red uniforms with white helmets actually reminded me of the old New England Patriots Uniforms from the 70s & 80s.

  25. The hapless Jets were given the game on a silver platter late in the 4th Qtr and blew it with non-aggressive rinky-dink play-calling from OC Chan Gailey. And then there is QB “Fitz” who’d rather check-down a pass than throw beyond 10 yards while in midfield — usually resulting in an INT anyway, while “Fitz” simply cannot wait to throw a pass for a TD while in the endzone. Meh!

  26. I wouldn’t blame the Jets defense for this loss, it seemed the Bills running game was taking it from them rather than huge defensive lapses. Additionally many of the Bills points came from Rambo causing turnovers.

    It was a decent game to watch, still too many bad calls by the refs. I wondered if that Bills linebacker exaggerated that injury when his helmet was ripped off just to let the nation know how bad the refs missed that one.

  27. Its always good to see an honest coach win without having to cheat eventhough they have a history of cheating and Goodell still allows them in the league.

  28. Bills99
    FITZ FAR outplayed Taylor last night. He hit receivers in the hands SEVERAL times wbere tbey dropped crucial passes. And the one in the end zone after the turnover where his receiver didnt even turn aroind and look? Brutal rexeiver play by the jets.

    Juat admit it, Fitzpatrick is proving in NY what Bills fans should know… He was NOT the problem in Buffalo.

    Coaching was the problem in Buffalo. But isn’t anymore..

  29. Bowles screwed up. Instead of going for the TD on fourth down after the bad snap on the punt, kick the FG there, get the ball back & you only need a FG with 3 minutes left. The Jets make both FGs & Jets win.

    Not smart coaching, way to get too caught up in the moment instead of steering your ship with strategy.

  30. bills99 says:
    Nov 12, 2015 11:58 PM

    Where are all the Rex-hating, loudmouth Jets fans?

    Enjoy your ride to 7-9 with Fitz.

    GO BILLS!!!
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    Yes, the Bills are for real for all this week, and then they play the Pats. That’s when the fanboys crawl back under their rock.

  31. I’m not going to run my mouth, but great win by the Bills. That game should not have been that close. The calls were AWFUL. Something needs to be done when you challenge and it’s plain is day and they still make the wrong call. Suspend these refs or fine them. Proud of my Bills!! The Jets have a nice team, Fitz is a gamer, always is, still love Taylor much better. I give the Jets Def props, they are really good!! Sure will be nice to sit and relax on this weekends games and not have to worry about anything!! Go Bills!!!

  32. Mistake filled middleweight bought, but one of these teams likely to become a tough out in January.

  33. wow. horrid uniforms. enough to set off a migraine. the play was unwatchable. you know it felt like when you’re sick, and you start hallucinating and wonder if what youre seeing is real. good lord.

  34. That was an old school game. Run the ball, stop the run, turnovers were key and the difference. Why the Jets did not keep running the ball is beyond me. I think they win if they keep running the ball instead of trying to get cute with little throws to the outside on a night when Marshall was clearly not 100%

  35. Bill’s fans but kudo’s to Richardson for playing a heck of a game, he was everywhere and he hit hard! But I really liked his sportsmanship, after he wacked someone (Taylor) he’s pick em up and make a comment, I was impressed.

  36. “The touchdown pass was the 128th of Fitzpatrick career, which moves him past Sid Luckman’s 127 for most touchdown passes by a quarterback from an Ivy League school.”

    That sounds like a compareable stat, until you look up Luckman and realize he won 4 NFL titles with the Bears in the 40’s.

  37. It looked like my bulldog ate a christmas wreath and puked it up on the field.
    Somewhere in the horror, a sloppy football game happened.

  38. mjd08501 says:
    Nov 12, 2015 11:58 PM
    And all of a sudden Rex and the Bills are right back in it!

    Week 17 between these two teams at the Ralph will be to decide who’s going to the playoffs

    —————

    Back? 5-4 is back?

    Both these teams stink.

  39. So, the Patriots have a four game lead on both the Bills and the Jets in the loss column and have the tie breaker in their favor as well, making it virtually a five game lead.

    The Bills and Jets spent heavily in free agency to compete with the Patriots and win the AFC East.

    Who, exactly, is accountable for these two teams being five games behind the Pats mid season: owner, GM, coach, or players?

  40. jetsfaninjersey says:
    Nov 13, 2015 5:43 AM
    so glad that Rex is gone and the clown car as well. Jets are in a better space now that the Toxic Rex has been shown the door. Bowles has the defense playing well. If not for the turnovers, Jets win.
    Enjoy the win Bills fans…the head clown is driving the car and it is only a matter of time before the tires flatten and the head clown is shown the door, winning nothing. Que circus music….da da dutta dutta

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    “If not for the turnovers…” Bah hah hah! Oh yeah, those pesky turnovers! They should ban them from the game of football! We would be undefeated right now if “not for the turnovers.”

    Jets lost. At home. To a Rex Ryan coached team. Deal with it.

  41. Ya nice game jets. Too bad your coach didn’t spend more time on TACKLING PRINCIPALS. Now I lost another point in my family pool. Darn it!

    Truth be told, Geno can pass as well or better than Fitzpatrick. Might as well play him and get him ready for next season. Your getting nothing with him on the bench other than his tendency to throw interceptions.

  42. Nov 13, 2015 9:36 AM
    “The touchdown pass was the 128th of Fitzpatrick career, which moves him past Sid Luckman’s 127 for most touchdown passes by a quarterback from an Ivy League school.”

    That sounds like a compareable stat, until you look up Luckman and realize he won 4 NFL titles with the Bears in the 40’s.

    ======================================
    Ya they left out one very big item. Back in those days the forward pass was not the mainstay of football so what Luckman did was astonishing considering the run ruled.

  43. jchipwood says:
    Nov 13, 2015 7:00 AM

    Its always good to see an honest coach win without having to cheat eventhough they have a history of cheating and Goodell still allows them in the league.
    —————————–

    That makes no sense, which isn’t surprising.

    If all of the teams that break rules were kicked out of the league, you wouldn’t have any teams left.

  44. You get down that many, turn the ball over like that, you aren’t gonna win a lot of games, although the Bills damn near handed it back on a platter due to their own inability to take control at the end. Speaking of the ending, Jets gonna Jet… Glad to see the other decent AFCE teams tripping each other up.

  45. icancountcanyou says:
    Nov 13, 2015 1:36 AM

    I don’t want to be “that guy”, but let’s say you were going to live to 95, the Bills cost you 50yrs so now you die at 45 – congrats on your nickels boss, you are the proud owner of $2.50 – nice try though!!
    ———————————
    I see you’re unfamiliar with the expression, “If I had a nickel…” You must be young. It’s not literal, it just means that it it happens often.

  46. mobil4life says:Nov 13, 2015 12:16 AM

    Not a Bills or Jets fan. Rex is a terrible coach. Jets outplayed the Bills. Jets offense out scored the Bills offense. Bowles made 2 bad decisions. Jets beat themselves in this one. Bills are not that good, will get slaughtered by the Pats and go onto a 7-9 record.
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    Keep dreaming. And the Jets did not outplay the Bills. You must of been one of those color blind people watching the game last night.

  47. Bills fans stop drinking Rex’s Kool Aid… He is a great defensive coordinator plain and simple…he cannot manage a whole team. The sooner that you come to terms with it, the better

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