Grading the Bills

Fred Jackson suffered a right knee injury in the second quarter, but C.J. Spiller didn't let down the offense. Spiller ran 14 times for 169 yards. He had a 56-yard touchdown run four plays after Jackson got hurt and a 49-yard run in the third quarter to set up the Bills' second touchdown. If the Bills can rush for 195 yards every week, then they should win a bunch of games.
Garbage-time production gave Ryan Fitzpatrick better stats than his performance suggested. He completed 18 of 32 throws for 195 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions. Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie ran his interception back 40 yards for a touchdown to make the score 34-7 early in the third quarter. The game essentially was over then.
The Bills contained Shonn Greene and limited the Jets to only 118 rushing yards and 3.3 yards per carry. Greene's lone touchdown came with 77 seconds left in the game and after the Bills' pass defense gave up a 25-yard completion to an uncovered Santonio Holmes.
Bills coach Chan Gailey summed it up himself: They didn't generate enough pass pressure and left Jets receivers wide open. That would be a losing combination against a Mid-American Conference team. The book on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is well-established. Get him nervous and wait for mistakes to happen. The Bills recorded zero sacks and one quarterback hit (although the game book says none). Sanchez's passer rating was 123.4.
Jeremy Kerley returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was one of many demoralizing plays but came at a time when the Bills needed a break. Instead, they trailed, 21-0. Leodis McKelvin had a nice day in the return game, averaging 23.7 yards on kickoffs and returning one punt 27 yards.
The Bills seemed thoroughly prepared for the Tim Tebow package and shut it down. But the rest of their game plan was woefully inadequate. Fitzpatrick admitted the Jets played a basic defense compared to what they've seen in the past and still couldn't pass effectively. On defense, the Bills were content to send four pass-rushers and never did anything creative to get Sanchez out of a rhythm.
Grading the Jets
Rex Ryan's "ground-and-pound" offense was pretty mundane. The Wildcat package was a big letdown for anybody excited to see what it would look like. Greene was effective as a clock-churning workhorse but never was a threat to break any big runs.
The Jets faced so many questions about their passing attack. Can Sanchez handle the pressure of having Tebow on the team? Is Sanchez truly a franchise quarterback? Who will fill the Plaxico Burress void? The receiving corps looked just fine Sunday. Rookie Stephen Hill had a game-high five catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Kerley had four catches for 68 yards and a score. Santonio Holmes had four catches for 68 yards and came one synthetic fiber away from getting his toe down for a TD.
Ryan's pride and joy failed him a few times Sunday, letting Spiller get loose for a couple of big runs. But the Jets held Jackson to only 2.5 yards a carry and stuffed Tashard Choice twice at the goal line before the Bills passed for a third-quarter touchdown.
The stellar cornerback tandem of Darrelle Revis and Cromartie each jumped on a Fitzpatrick pass for an interception. Safety Yeremiah Bell separated tight end Scott Chandler from what would have been a long gain in the fourth quarter. Stevie Johnson's fourth-quarter touchdown happened when Revis was off the field with an injury. Fitzpatrick's other two TDs were from 5 and 6 yards.
Kerley's touchdown return was enough for a nice grade, but the Jets were solid in every phase of special teams. Robert Malone averaged 51.5 yards a punt. Nick Folk made both field-goal attempts and had six touchbacks.
The Jets had little trouble in any element of the game. They jumped to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter and 34-7 early in the third quarter with touchdowns from their offense, defense and special teams. They converted 71 percent of their third downs. They didn't need to punt until the fourth quarter.