The Buffalo Bills and NY Jets met in NFL Week 3 action in the Meadowlands. There are many ways one could describe the match up between these two AFC East rivals, but not a single one of them would be positive. Neither team seemed too insistent on going for the win, with numerous (stupid) mistakes and sloppy play all around.
The Bills offense struggled out of the gate, and throughout much of the first half, with EJ Manuel completing just 5-of-10 passes for 53 yards through 2 quarters. Manuel was under constant pressure by an aggressive Jets defense ( 8 sacks on the day). C.J. Spiller also struggled out of the gate with a pitiful 9 yards on 9 first half carries. The lone bright spot for the Bills offense was an impressive 59-yard scamper on 3rd and 1 towards the end of the 1st quarter. Thanks to the foot of Dan Carpenter, the Bills managed to get 6 points on the board in the first half, trailing 17-6.
Manuel and the Bills offense started the second half right where they left off, struggling to get anything going. After the teams exchanged field goals, Kiko Alonso became the first Bills rookie since Jairus Byrd in 1999 to intercept a pass in 2 straight games, and allowed Dan Carpenter to hit his fourth field goal of the game
In the 4th quarter the Jets decided that they had seen enough of the Bills offensive struggles and in turn took several boneheaded penalties (one of which was offset by an equally bone headed Stevie Johnson penalty) that allowed the Bills to extend their drive and gave EJ Manuel the chance to finally find a groove (and Scott Chandler for a 67 yard touchdown). Manuel then found Stevie Johnson for the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 20.
With the Jets so generously giving the Bills solid field position on their previous drive, they apparently felt the need to reciprocate giving the touchdown right back as Geno Smith found Santonio Holmes for a 69-yard touchdown strike, which ended up as the game winner.