New York Jets Spoil The Home Opener For The Buffalo Bills
After Thursday night's disappointing 37-24 home opening loss to the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills fall to 0-2 on the season. And with the next two games against the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots the Bills could conceivably open the season with four straight losses.
After a good effort against the Baltimore Ravens, the Bills defense had a tough night against the Jets. Facing virtually no pass rush, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets carved up the Buffalo defense for 493 yards in offense. Fitzpatrick was 24 of 34 for 370 passing yards with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker each going over 100 yards receiving.ns
The Bills finished with just under 400 yards in offense. Tyrod Taylor passing for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns including an 84 yard hook-up with Marquise Goodwin and a 71-yarder to Greg Salas. Mike Gillislee scored on an 18-yard reception with just over a minute to play, but the Jets successfully ran out the clock to close out the game.
The win by the Jets ends a five-game losing streak against the Bills. The two teams meet again in the regular season finale January 1st at the Meadowlands.
Last week it was the offense that turned in a stinker. This week it was the defense. Rex Ryan will have 10 days to get things figured out before the next game at home against the Arizona Cardinals.
At halftime the Bills honored Hall of Famer Bruce Smith by retiring his number 78 jersey. Smith, along with Jim Kelly, are the only two players in the history of the team to have their jerseys retired.