The New York Jets committed 20 penalties for 168 yards, 2 short of setting an NFL record, turned the ball over 3 times, over-came Rex Ryan’s bonehead challenges, and still were somehow defeat the Buffalo Bills 27-20 in what truly was an ugly, ugly game.
The Jets were in complete control up 20-6 with 9 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter. Then Kyle Wilson did what he does best, getting called for a pass-interference penalty resulting in a 24-yard penalty that led to a Bills field goal to make the score 20-9.
On the next Jets drive, Geno Smith completed an 11-yard pass to Santonio Holmes, but Kellen Winslow was called for offensive pass interference. On the very next play, Smith was intercepted by Kiko Alonso who returned it 32 yards all the way to the Jets 13-yard line.
The defense held Buffalo to just a field goal, but the score was now 20-12. That’s when things really started going down hill. The Jets were driving and had a 3rd and 1 at the Buffalo 37 yard line. Bilal Powell was clearly stopped short on the 3rd down play. But Rex decided to challenge the spot, which never had a chance in the first place.
So Rex decided to go for it on 4th and 1, this time giving the ball to fullback Tommy Bohanan who was stuffed giving the ball to the Bills. On the very next play, Stevie Johnson caught a 23-yard pass and clearly got his feet in bounds. But Rex once again wasted no time throwing the challenge flag, and once again, the call stood.
The Jets were now out of challenges, which would loom large. On the next Buffalo possession, EJ Manuel scrambled for 21 yards, fumbled and Jaiquawn Jarrett recovered it. However, the refs ruled Manuel was down and the Jets couldn’t challenge.
If Rex hadn’t wasted 2 blatantly unnecessary challenges, the Jets would have had the ball deep in Buffalo territory with a chance to extend the lead. Following Rex’s terrible leadership and coaching, Kyle Wilson then committed 4 penalties in 5 plays, including 2 personal fouls, allowing Buffalo to score and then tie the game on a 2-point conversion.
Geno responded big time though on the Jets first play hitting Santonio Holmes for a 69-yard touchdown that gave the Jets a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. New York held on for the win.
There were 3 bright spots in this game for the Jets. The first was the defense besides Kyle Wilson, who sacked EJ Manuel 8 times holding him to a Mark Sanchez esque 45 percent completion percentage.
The others were Santonio Holmes and Bilal Powell. Powell had his best game as a Jet rushing for 149 yards on 27 carries filling in for Chris Ivory who had to leave the game with a hamstring.
Holmes looked like the player the Jets traded for in 2010 catching 5 passes for 154 yards. The offense in total compiled 513 yards of total offense, the most in the Ryan era. The previous high was 462 yards that came in Mark Sanchez’s first game as a starter in 2009 against the Texans.
A win is a win for the Jets, who now stand at 2-1 and travel to Tennessee next week for a matchup with the up-start Titans.