Jets 17

(2-4, 0-3 away)

Bills 27

(3-3, 3-1 home)

4:15 PM ET, October 16, 2005

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 0 10 7 017
BUF 7 10 7 327

Top Performers

Passing: K. Holcomb (BUF) - 172 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Martin (NYJ) - 18 CAR, 148 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. McCareins (NYJ) - 5 REC, 116 YDS

NY Jets (2-3) at Buffalo (2-3)

NY Jets (2-3) at Buffalo (2-3), Sunday 4:15 pm EDT

ORCHARD PARK, New York (Ticker) -- Just six weeks into the season, both the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills have already shuffled quarterbacks. However, both Vinny Testaverde and Kelly Holcomb are providing a spark.

Testaverde and Holcomb likely will make their second starts of the season when the Jets visit the Bills in a battle of AFC East rivals on Sunday.

In the last meeting between the teams here on November 7, Buffalo posted a 22-17 win in a game that may have redefined the makeup of the Jets.

Quarterback Chad Pennington left that game after a poor performance with a strained right shoulder, an injury that required surgery. Pennington tore his rotator cuff again in a September 25 loss to Jacksonville and will miss the rest of the season.

Backup Jay Fiedler suffered a dislocated shoulder in the same game, forcing the Jets to shop for a quarterback. They ended up signing the 41-year-old Testaverde, who was with the team from 1998-2003 and started for Dallas last year.

In his first game back with New York last week, Testaverde completed 13-of-19 passes for 163 yards and an interception in a much-needed 14-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Curtis Martin ran for 59 yards and a pair of short touchdowns for New York, which avoided its first three-game losing streak since an 0-4 start to its 2003 campaign. The Jets are tied with Buffalo for third place in the AFC East, one game behind the New England Patriots and a half game behind Miami.

The NFL's reigning rushing champion, Martin has been limited to 285 yards on 105 carries this year but has 10 career TDs against Buffalo, more than he has against any team but Miami.

Bills coach Mike Mularkey switched from second-year quarterback J.P. Losman to Holcomb and the team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 20-14 win over Miami. Holcomb completed 20-of-26 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown.

In his first start since last year when he was with the Cleveland Browns, Holcomb found seven different receivers and was backed by workhorse running back Willis McGahee.

McGahee, who had a season-high 132 yards against the Jets last year, ran 31 times for 86 yards and a TD last week. He ranks sixth in the league with 461 yards on the ground.

Including Sunday's contest, New York plays four of its next five games on the road, where it has lost four straight in the regular season.

Matchup to watch: Jets defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson, who had two sacks last week, against right guard Chris Villarrial.

Series: The Bills lead, 48-40.

Next week: New York visits Atlanta, October 24 Buffalo visits Oakland, October 23.


Passing Leaders

G. Smith55.830461221
M. Simms51.615611
E. Manuel58.81972119
T. Lewis59.2109243

Rushing Leaders

C. Ivory1828334.63
B. Powell1766974.01
C. Spiller2029334.62
F. Jackson2068904.39

Receiving Leaders

J. Kerley4352312.23
S. Holmes2345619.81
S. Chandler5365512.42
S. Johnson5259711.53

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsNYJ
Yards PassingNYJ
Yards RushingNYJ
Yards AllowedNYJ
Pass Yds AllowedNYJ
Rush Yds AllowedNYJ

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

NY Jets leads 6-4
Nov 7, 2004NYJ 17, @BUF 22
Oct 10, 2004NYJ 16, BUF 14
Dec 7, 2003NYJ 6, @BUF 17
Oct 12, 2003NYJ 30, BUF 3
Nov 24, 2002NYJ 31, BUF 13
Sep 8, 2002NYJ 37, @BUF 31
Dec 30, 2001NYJ 9, BUF 14
Oct 7, 2001NYJ 42, @BUF 36