New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) is sacked by Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)
Bills Storm Past Jets
Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) Wind and rain were expected to be factors in Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets but it was the Bills who provided the storm as they upended the Jets 37-14.
The Bills went after the Jets from the opening series as Marcel Darius blasted rookie quarterback Geno Smith who had to leave the game for one play. The Bills took over and were unable to generate any offense and had to punt. The Jets moved into field goal range but the winds swept a Nick Folk attempt and left the teams scoreless. Dan Carpenter was able to make a kick a short time later from 40 yards out to give the bills a 3-0 lead.
E.J. Manuel then went to work following a poor outing last week against Pittsburgh, as he found T.J. Graham for a 34 yard scoring pass which increased the Bills’ lead to 10-0. On the ensuing series by the Jets, Kyle Williams got to Smith and forced a fumble which was recovered by Manny Lawson and the Bills were in business at the New York four yard line. Two plays later, fullback, Frank Summers rumbled into the end zone and Buffalo was up 17-0.
The problems continued to mount for Smith as he was intercepted by Jairus Byrd which then resulted into another Carpenter field goal as the Bills took a 20-0 lead into the half.
The Jets were finally able to get onto the scoreboard on a fourth and goal from the Bills’ one when Chris Ivory got into the end zone. The Bills responded two series later via the long ball as Manuel hit Graham on a 40 yard strike and then zipped a 43 yard touchdown to Marquis Goodwin and the Bills led 27-7. Manuel finished the day 20 of 28 for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
Smith, who had over 300 yards passing in the teams’ first meeting of the year looked shell shocked as he threw another interception to Byrd and then yet another as Da’Norris Searcy returned Smith’s fourth turnover 32 yards to make the score 34-7.
Matt Simms replaced Smith in the fourth quarter and guided the Jets to a 6 play, 62 yard drive capped by a 13 yard pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland to trim the Bills’ lead to 34-14. The Jets also threatened to score following a Carpenter field goal which made the score 37-14 as running back Chris Ivory scampered 69 yards but the Bills’ defense held on a fourth and goal try by Simms.
The win keeps the Bills faint playoff hopes alive as they hit their bye next week.