Final Score:Buffalo 38 – NY Jets 3
Photos of the Week 12 matchup between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field in Detroit.
Location:** Detroit, Michigan – Ford Field
W-L records: Buffalo (6-5); NY Jets (2-9)
In a Nutshell:
In a game the Bills had to have to maintain a pulse in the AFC playoff race they may have had their most complete performance of the season. The offense scored on their opening possession and the defense and special teams provided more than enough support in a dominant 38-3 rout of the New York Jets to improve to 6-5 on the season.
Buffalo's offense had been struggling in the red zone, but looked sharp going three-for-three inside the 20 against the Jets. Kyle Orton was responsible for two of the scores with touchdown passes to Robert Woods and Scott Chandler, who also both scored TDs in the first meeting with New York.
The Bills defense was suffocating logging seven sacks and an interception and chased Michael Vick from the game late in the third quarter. Even Buffalo's special teams played a role getting a touchdown on a fumble recovery off a blocked punt.
How it went down:
--The win gave the Bills their first season sweep over the Jets since 2007.
--The Bills scored on their opening possession relying mainly on the ground game. Fred Jackson and Boobie Dixon combined for 21 yards on six carries and Robert Woods did the rest with a pair of receptions for 23 yards including a seven-yard touchdown catch on 3rd-and-goal for a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
--A 41-yard punt return by Jeremy Kerley set the Jets up in prime territory at the Bills' 37, but New York could only come away with a 27-yard field goal by Nick Folk to make the score 7-3 near the end of the first quarter.
--Buffalo staged one of their longest drives of the season marching 90 yards on 13 plays. Robert Woods was an integral part of the drive with four catches for 41 yards including all three third down conversions. Kyle Orton capped the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Scott Chandler for a 14-3 Bills lead.
--The Bills would pad their lead with an 11-play field goal drive as Dan Carpenter bombed a 53-yard field goal to make it 17-3.
--Buffalo's special teams would strike again as Boobie Dixon blocked a Jets' punt deep in New York territory and Manny Lawson recovered the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown to blow the game open midway through the third quarter (24-3).
--Five plays later Duke Williams intercepted a Michael Vick pass that he returned 34 yards to the Jets' 16-yard line. Fred Jackson turned the takeaway into points on a five-yard touchdown run to balloon Buffalo's lead to 31-3 late in the third quarter.
--Boobie Dixon put an exclamation point on the night with a 30-yard touchdown run with just under six minutes remaining to make it 38-3.
--Kyle Orton was 23-32 passing (75%) for 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns good for a passer rating of 115.4.
--Buffalo's defense had another dominant performance with seven sacks, an interception and held the Jets to 3-of-15 third down conversions.
--Boobie Dixon was big in the run game and on special teams. He rushed for 54 yards on 12 carries for a 4.5 yards per carry average against the league's fourth-ranked run defense and a touchdown. He also blocked his second punt of the season that led to another touchdown on a fumble recovery.
--The Bills' 35-point win was their largest margin of victory of the season trumping their previous high, a 20-point win over the Jets in Week 8.
--After not scoring a touchdown on their last eight red zone possessions Buffalo exploded for three touchdowns on three red zone opportunities.
--The victory was Buffalo first Monday night win since Oct. 4, 1999 at Miami when the Bills beat the Dolphins 23-18.
--Rookie Ross Cockrell saw his first action at cornerback in a regular season game late in the fourth quarter. Safety Baccari Rambo, who just joined the club also got snaps late in the game.
--EJ Manuel saw his first action since Week 4 in the game's final minutes with the team up 35 points.
--Fred Jackson was active after missing the Dolphins game in Week 11. He had 10 carries for 32 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 13 yards.
FB Frank Summers, TE Marqueis Gray, LB Randell Johnson, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, WR Marquise Goodwin, DE Jarius Wynn, DE Bryan Johnson.
The Bills will host the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium this Sunday (Nov. 30) for a 1 p.m. kickoff.