Instant Reaction: 3 Up, 3 Down Jets Crush Bills, Keep Rolling Through AFC East


Didn’t that feel a little too easy? After watching the Jets embarrass the Bills today, it doesn’t say much for Miami and New England that they beat them by one possession. Today was a completely one-sided statement from Jets, who avoided any threat of a trap game and are certainly looking like one of the elite teams in the NFL.

LaDainian Tomlinson was the primary story on offense, as he put on a show with 133 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns, including a highlight reel move on a 26 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter. I don’t think anybody expected Tomlinson to show this type of speed after the way he looked last year. Shonn Greene also finally got going with 117 yards on 22 carries, in a much needed confidence boosting performance.

Mark Sanchez has made it through 1/4 of the entire season without a single turnover. He put together an efficient performance with 166 yards and 2 more touchdowns, included a well executed double move 41 yard touchdown to Braylon Edwards. Without Santonio Holmes out the first four games, Edwards has stepped up with 3 touchdowns in 4 games.

The Bills offense is putrid, but the Jets still did the job they needed to. Shaun Ellis banged his knee up but is apparently fine. Antonio Cromartie completely took Lee Evans out of the game. Dwight Lowery and James Ihedigbo each had a sack. Bryan Thomas had a nice forced fumble. Nick Folk didn’t let us get too comfortable with him by missing a 30 yard field goal.

The most important thing is that the Jets are 3-0 in the division. Even better news, Santonio Holmes and Calvin Pace will be back next week, likely joined by Darrelle Revis. The Jets get a shot at Brett Favre and the Vikings on Monday night football and our stadium is going to be rocking. A victory is going to put all of that talk about the Jets difficult start to their schedule to rest.

Great teams beat the teams they are supposed to, and the Jets didn’t just beat Buffalo today they put an exclamation point on their first tour through the division marking themselves as the team to beat in the AFC East.

A few fun stats:

  • Dustin Keller is on pace for 20 touchdowns.
  • Mark Sanchez is on pace for 32 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
  • LaDainian Tomlinson is on pace for over 1300 yards rushing.
  • Braylon Edwards is on pace for 12 touchdowns.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Jerseykid 456

    This game should put us in a position to press forward in our division. The only thing that worries me is injuries. It was good to see Joe McKnight out on the field today. And my fellow Scorpio, Mark Sanchez, is living up to what I expect of him. I am extremely confidant in our running game when it comes to the nitty gritty. If we mentally stay fit; we can get the job done this year.

  • Shibadog

    I can’t believe we got LDT. He’s fast becoming my favorite Jet. Everytime he touches the ball I think he’s going to break it for 15+ yards. Wow. Bring on the Vikes and the Packers should be a good test.

  • Tony C

    I’m glad Folk missed his kick today, he’s finally got his first one under 45 yards out of his way. And it wasn’t a game changing lose, sure it was where the scores were low, but it wasn’t a game winning punt.

    In addition I believe that Calvin will be on Pace to return next week.

  • Jimi

    “Calvin will be on pace” Cue the rim shot…

    LT’s Madden type juke on that run was so dirty. I love that everyone is eating their words (See Peter King’s MMQB, Don Banks’ Snap judgements, etc..) about him.

    Im eager to see how the passing attack goes with Edwards, Holmes, Keller, and Cotchery. Who the hell are you supposed to cover? It will leave plenty of room for LT and Shonn Greene to gain plenty of yards. I hope Favra throws 4 picks and is sacked 7 times…

  • Angel

    LT is who I thought he was! I can’t believe San Diego let him off the hook.

    Anyway… Mark Sanchez is playing like a man possessed since Schotty put faith in him. I don’t think anyone thought he would be this good this fast, except Jerseykid apparantly.

    I have to admit, I thought “trap game” all the way and I thought the Jets would drop this one. Because they didn’t, I see redemption coming up in the next AFC championship, and I see this team going ALL THE WAY!

  • Joe Caporoso

    LT has been the most suprising thing for me so far this year, I can’t beleive how well he is playing. Let’s hope the Jets don’t burn him out for December/January/hopefully February haha.

    Sanchez has been beyond impressive since week one, if he keeps playing like this the Jets are a 12 win team