Following an impressive win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night, the Jets trek to Orchard Park to play the Buffalo Bills. The teams are going in completely opposite directions. The Jets are walking the walk after talking all off season while the Bills will be lucky to win five games. Still, the Jets cannot afford to overlook the Bills. Last year the Bills came into Giants stadium and caught five interceptions from rookie Mark Sanchez. They split last year’s meetings and this time around, Sanchez and the Jets are looking great. Click below to read more.
The first game of the season Mark Sanchez looked like a true sophomore. He couldn’t find an open receiver and was all over the place. That was against the Baltimore Ravens. He threw for 76 yards and looked abysmal. Week two Sanchez had his best performance since the 2009 Rose Bowl as a Trojan. Against the Patriots he started to look like a true pro quarterback. Early on in the game, the Jets were throwing on 1st and 2nd down. The Patriots seemed confused and Sanchez made them pay with his arm. He threw for 230 yards and three touchdown passes (a career high thus far). The defense helped as well by completely shutting down Tom Brady & Co. by holding them to zero second half points, forcing Brady to throw two interceptions and sacking him once (by familiar foe Jason Taylor) which caused Brady to fumble. This past week, Sanchez picked up exactly where he left off. Miami always plays the Jets tough. This game was to be no different.
After what happened last year on Monday Night Football against Miami where the Dolphins squeaked out a win in the closing seconds, the Jets were hungry to beat them on national television. The Jets took control of the game early on as they opened a 14-0 lead with two touchdown passes to TE Dustin Keller. Miami would battle back to a 14-10 halftime deficit. Miami would gain the lead in the second half but that would last a mere 18 seconds as Sanchez hit Braylon Edwards who broke a tackle and took off for a 67 yards score to make the score 21-17. The Dolphins would never regain the lead. Ladanian Tomlinson added a score and Nick Folk would add a field goal while the Dolphins never found the endzone the rest of the night but managed two more field goals. With under a minute to play, they reached the Jet five yard line but the defense but were thwarted by a Drew Coleman interception with 27 seconds to play. Jets win 31-21 and are off to a 2-0 division record.
Mark Sanchez for the second time in two weeks had three touchdown passes in a game. The defense (without Kris Jenkins for the year, Calvin Pace and Darrelle Revis out for a couple weeks) is amazing. They shut down the slouch (Randy Moss), kept Baltimore’s “high powered offense” (according to ESPN writer James Walker) in check, and kept the Dolphins out of the endzone (Brandon Marshall had 166 yards, however). The offense is clicking right now and Sanchez has proven he can play in this league. The running game is receiving life from future Hall of Famer Ladanian Tomlinson. Once Pace and Revis return the defense will get better and let’s not forget Santonio Holmes will be back for the week five match up against the Vikings next Monday night.
Overall the Jets have looked like one of the most complete teams in the NFL during the past two weeks. Injuries are not limiting this team and off the field issues don’t seem to bother players on the field (thank you Braylon Edwards). This team will go as far as Mark Sanchez will take them. The Bills should be an easy game for the Jets. The Bills did score 30 points last week but this is a great defense. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be running for his life. I will take the Jets in a laugher 31-10. This will give the Jets a 3-0 division record through four games with Miami and Buffalo having to come into the New Meadowlands. The Jets will be in the driver seat to win the AFC East after this week.
Written By: Stillz504
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