Final

Jets 14

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Bills 17

(1-3, 1-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 30, 2007

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 0 0 7 714
BUF 0 0 7 1017

Top Performers

Passing: C. Pennington (NYJ) - 291 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Lynch (BUF) - 23 CAR, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Cotchery (NYJ) - 8 REC, 107 YDS

QB Edwards provides spark as Bills hold off Jets

Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Trent Edwards did more than deliver the Buffalo Bills a much-needed victory at a time when his demoralized and banged-up team needed it most.

Scouts Buzz
The key element in this game was Buffalo's second-half adjustments, or the lack of them. Bills offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild stayed patient with his game plan that relied on RB Marshawn Lynch and the Buffalo running game to take pressure off rookie QB Trent Edwards. The Bills relied on the left side of their offensive line -- LT Jason Peters and LG Derrick Dockery -- to create run seams on the outside for Lynch. By staying patient against a struggling Jets front seven, Buffalo was able to use the running game to set up its play-action attack. Also, Edwards did a great job of attacking open areas in the Jets' short and intermediate areas of the Cover 2 schemes on the back end, which resulted in more manageable third-down situations and extended the drives.
-- Keith Kidd, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 4 Scouts Buzz

The rookie third-round pick, making his first career start, took a big step in showing that he -- and not J.P. Losman -- might be the Bills' quarterback of the future.

Edwards is most definitely the quarterback of the present after a poised and efficient performance in a 17-14 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Not even coach Dick Jauron could deny that.

"I've always said, nobody's job is secure," Jauron said, when asked whether Losman will get his job back once he returns from a sprained knee. "From week to week, we play whoever we think is the best guy. So we'll see where it goes."

Losman is expected to miss another week after spraining his left knee during the first series of a 38-7 loss at New England last weekend.

Edwards' performance -- he went 22-of-28 for 234 yards passing and a touchdown -- plus a big assist from a suddenly stout defense ended the Bills' spiral following an 0-3 start.

The win gave Buffalo a palpable sense of hope after weeks of lopsided losses, and after watching player after player placed on injured reserve, including tight end Kevin Everett, who's recovering from a severe spinal cord injury.

The Bills' defense was inspired to do the rest, producing two late interceptions to seal the victory.

Jabari Greer's interception set up Michael Gaines' 1-yard touchdown reception that put Buffalo ahead 17-7 midway through the fourth quarter. Then, Terrence McGee's interception at the Bills 31 ended the Jets' last-gasp drive with 6 seconds remaining.

"Despite everything that has happened, I think this shows the true character of the team," defensive end Chris Kelsay said. "We stick together and you don't hear any bickering out of us."

New York was unable to build off a 31-28 win over Miami last week and is off to its second 1-3 start in three years.

Laveranues Coles' 5-yard touchdown catch tied it at 7 late in the third quarter, and Leon Washington's 8-yard scamper made it close with 3 minutes left.

New York, however, couldn't take advantage of Chad Pennington completing a career-high 32 passes -- out of 39 -- for 290 yards.

"You certainly don't imagine yourself starting off like this, but this is the position we're in," Pennington said. "The answers lie in our own locker room."

Penalties are a start, after the Jets were flagged nine times for 65 yards.

The Jets couldn't take advantage of a defense that has three players on injured reserve and was down to its fifth linebacker, Leon Joe. Great field position didn't help, either, as New York managed two scores despite five drives into Bills territory.

And the Jets defense proved too soft in coverage, underestimating Edwards' ability.

"He threw the ball more than we expected," defensive end Shaun Ellis said. "We knew he was a talented quarterback. We didn't think he'd do this to us. But he did."

Did he ever.

Edwards, who completed nine consecutive passes during one stretch, was at his most poised when he hit Gaines in the end zone to convert a fourth-and-goal with 7 minutes left. Jauron initially sent the field-goal unit out before realizing the Bills were a half-yard away.

With Edwards, the Bills produced their most points, total yards (304), yards passing, first downs (19) and first TD passing of the season.

None of that -- not even questions of replacing Losman -- mattered to Edwards, the Stanford product who was recommended by one Hall of Fame coach, the late Bill Walsh, and drafted by another, Buffalo general manager Marv Levy.

"All I'm worried about is winning," said Edwards, who was wildly inconsistent in going 10-for-20 for 97 yards passing against New England last week. "For all that hard work and extra hours I put in, it was something that was very enjoyable."

Bills rookie running back Marshawn Lynch continued a string of strong performances, with 79 yards on a season-best 27 carries and a touchdown -- his third in four games.

"It felt good," tight end Robert Royal said. "It was real important just to get our morale up. Today was one of those games it finally went our way."

Game notes


Edwards was the first Bills rookie quarterback to win his first career start since Joe Ferguson in 1973. ... With 12,554 career yards passing, Pennington moved ahead of Vinny Testaverde into fourth place on the Jets' list. ... Bills WR Lee Evans had six catches for 72 yards -- far surpassing the five catches for 29 yards he had in his first three games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
BUF
1st Downs2019
Passing 1st downs
1515
Rushing 1st downs
53
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
6-115-10
4th down efficiency
1-11-1
Total Plays5958
Total Yards347304
Yards per play5.95.2
Total Drives910
Passing287218
Comp-Att
32-3922-28
Yards per pass
7.27.3
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-42-16
Rushing6086
Rushing Attempts
1928
Yards per rush
3.23.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-32-2
Penalties9-666-38
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:4432:16

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Pennington32/392917.5121-4
BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Edwards22/282348.4112-16

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones12352.9012
Washington4246.019
BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch23793.4111
Thomas242.003

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cotchery810713.4029
Coles8658.1118
BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans67212.0022
Reed46416.0027

Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTERNYJBUF
bufTD6:50Marshawn Lynch, 10 yd run (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yds, 6:20
07
nyjTD2:18Laveranues Coles, 5 yd pass from Chad Pennington (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 78 yds, 4:31
77
FOURTH QUARTERNYJBUF
bufFG10:53Rian Lindell 46 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 65 yds, 6:24
710
bufTD7:01Michael Gaines, 1 yd pass from Trent Edwards (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 25 yds, 3:05
717
nyjTD3:07Leon Washington, 8 yd run (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 64 yds, 3:54
1417