The Buffalo Bills enter this week’s division rival game against the New York Jets with many serious injuries on both sides of the ball, but this game in New York is critical for them if they want to continue their post season aspirations.
This game started true to form for both teams struggling on the offensive side of the ball. In the first quarter the Bills defense started off pretty well against the Jets by stopping them on their first two series with the ball.
Aaron Williams (23) of the Buffalo Bills bodies-up Santonio Holms (10) during this end-zone drop.
Finally during the first quarter it seemed that the Bills offense began to start coming to life. It seemed for the last three weeks the Bills had been taken out of the things that they do best. This was the challenge for Chan Gailey this week to come up with a game plan to keep the aggressive Jets defense off balance. Bills 7- Jets 0 early 1st quarter.
The second quarter unfortunately started with the Jets answering the Bills with a long drive of their own which ended with a Justin Keller Touchdown reception. The Bills defense just has continued to struggle this season giving up a lot plays because our ends failure to hold the edge on reverses, and outside runs. Bills 7- Jets -7
Offensively during the second the Bills seemed to move the ball but had troubling finishing drives. It apparent on this day Chan Gailey has decided to go right at Revis Island . One of the low points of the day had to be when Aaron Maybin recorded his fourth sack of the year against Ryan Fitzpatrick. After the Bills defense picked off Mark Sanchez the Bills offense took advantage and scored quickly on a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Steve Johnson. Bills 14- Jets -7. Bills kicker Rayner missed his kick off giving the Jets excellent field position. The Jets took advantage of a blown coverage and scored quickly tying the game at the half 14- 14.
The second half for the Bills saw them able to move the football but was unable to score on their opening possession. This was not the case for the Jets as they continued to move the football against the Bills taking a 21 – 14 lead with 3:50 left in the third quarter. After a muffed punt the Bills recovered and immediately scored and tied the game at 21-21 on a touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Brad Smith.
The Fourth quarter started with the Bills beginning to once again move the Ball against the aggressive Jets defense… The Bills continued to go after Darrell Revis during this game with Steve Johnson having one of his best games against them. This drive ended with a 53 yard field goal by the Bills giving them the lead 24 -21. The Jets came back with a timely drive and took the lead 28-24 with 1:01 left the fourth quarter… Unfortunately the Bills made a valiant attempt but this comeback came up short giving the Bills their sixth loss of the season, and fourth loss in a row.
Well in this loss we found out that our defense is just not good enough, and is in need of some impact players that have the capability of changing the course of a game. I stated that if the Bills were to make the play offs they needed to end up 11-5. That prediction went out the window on this four game losing streak.
The Buffalo Bills Game Report Card 11-27-2011
Coaching- Much better offensive game plan
Offense- Much better offense of play calling and Fitzpatrick played a lot better.
Defense- Defense once again failed to stop the jets in critical situation but played better.
Special Teams– The bad kick off gave the jets ideal field position and took away moemtum.
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