Jets-Bills: Gang Green Domination
105.7 The Hawk was the radio home for the best New York Jets performance of the season on Sunday afternoon. Their 27-11 win over the Buffalo Bills supplied them a much needed road victory, win in the division, and boost to start their crucial November stretch.
How did they do it? Here is a breakdown of the beat down:
-Coaching: Rex Ryan had his best performance of the year on the sidelines. Clearly, his tweaking of the bye week schedule had the team more prepared than in previous seasons. His defensive game plan totally took away the strengths of the Buffalo offense. In a battle of wits, New York's sideline dominated Buffalo's.
-Toughness: Plaxico Burress can be described in many ways and using many different words. We need to make sure resilient is always a part of the conversation. Despite not knowing if he would be able to play with a chronically stiff back, Burress was actually better than in his three touchdown performance of two weeks ago. His five catches for 79 yards seemed to come at exactly the right moments for this Jets offense.
-Quarterback advantage: It seemed like Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick were battling to see who could play worse in the first half. Sanchez single-handedly killed a 15-play opening drive by throwing his third red zone interception of the season. Amazingly, Fitzpatrick was actually worse. His 4-12 performance was capped off by two costly interceptions. A 3-0 halftime lead for New York was actually high scoring considering the mistakes made. While Fitzpatrick continued to struggle against the Jets suddenly resurgent defense, Sanchez flipped the script. He finished with his highest completion percentage of the season and led the team with the confidence that creeps into the huddle during his good moments.
-Focus: It would have been easy for New York to overlook a Bills team they had dominated during the Rex Ryan era. Although Buffalo is much improved in 2011, they have roughly the same roster that hasn't been a tough match-up for Gang Green in years. On this day, Ryan and Co. did not let anything like that deter them from their game plan and focus. Not even a date with New England next Sunday night.
Listen to the Jets battle the Patriots for first place in the AFC East right here on 105.7 The Hawk this Sunday night.