The total wasn't huge (126 yards), but they ran it 39 times -- and that usually means victory. This was pure Ground & Pound. Nothing fancy, just power football. The Jets used a two-back set on 40 of 68 snaps, about twice as much as usual. FB John Conner, the line and the tight ends did a nice job blocking.
After a sloppy start, including his first red-zone interception, Mark Sanchez picked apart the Bills. He was 11-for-12 on passes in play-action, including a TD to Santonio Holmes. He spread the ball evenly, which should keep everybody happy -- for a week, anyway.
Fred Jackson gained garbage yards at the end to finish with 82, but he wasn't a factor. The banged-up D-line came up big, especially Sione Pouha and Mo Wilkerson. Bart Scott delivered the knockout blow, a fourth-down stop in the fourth quarter.
Simple strategy: Play physical, man-to-man on the outside, forcing Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw in the middle. It worked. Jets blitzed more than usual, but their conventional rush created both picks, by Calvin Pace and David Harris. They held Fitzpatrick, the $60 million man, to a 51.9 passer rating.
Another great game. Nick Folk made two long field goals, Joe McKnight ripped off a 59-yard kickoff return and T.J. Conley -- inconsistent in the previous game -- changed field position with a third-quarter punt down at the Bills' 1. The coverage units were excellent.
Rex Ryan deserves credit, overcoming the potential pitfalls of a bye week and having his team ready to play. He also won a big replay challenge. Mike Pettine's defensive plan was designed to stop Jackson, and it did. Brian Schottenheimer used the run in the first half to set up play-action, resulting in four straight scores.