Final

Jets 26

(5-3, 2-2 away)

Bills 17

(5-3, 3-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 2, 2008

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 13 0 10 326
BUF 7 0 3 717

Top Performers

Passing: T. Edwards (BUF) - 289 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: T. Jones (NYJ) - 12 CAR, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Royal (BUF) - 5 REC, 70 YDS

Elam's interception return for TD highlights Jets win over Bills

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Abram Elam was growing tired while the New York Jets' defense was on the field for what seemed like forever: After all, 15 minutes off the game clock is a long time for any defender.

The impressive thing was, not only did the safety and has teammates prevent the Buffalo Bills from scoring during that prolonged stretch in the first half, they actually scored the go-ahead points in helping secure a 26-17 win Sunday.

Fast Facts

• The Jets' defense forced three turnovers and held the Bills to under 300 yards in an AFC East win.

• Abram Elam had a 92-yard interception return of a Trent Edwards pass to give the Jets a lead they would not give up.

• Brett Favre completed 19 of 28 passes for 201 yards and threw an interception for a TD himself, the 300th career interception of his career (No. 1 in NFL history).

• Jets improved to 5-3, while Bills fell to 5-3, but 0-2 in the AFC East.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

"It was big," Elam said. "It was a big momentum swing to keep them from getting points and put points on the board for our team."

It started with Elam, who returned an interception 92 yards for a touchdown. Barely having time to catch his breath, Elam was back on the field helping the Jets stop the Bills' on their next drive when Kris Jenkins stuffed Fred Jackson, who was attempting to convert a fourth-and-1 at the Jets 8.

It was a pivotal defensive stand that sparked a sudden turn of events in which the Bills went from threatening to build on a 7-6 lead, to finding themselves down 13-7 despite controlling the ball during a 15:08 span, in which they rattled off 27 plays for 114 yards.

Jenkins registered two of the Jets' five sacks, while Darrelle Revis also had an interception.

"It was a tough situation," Jenkins said. "I'm going to be honest with you, I'm a pretty big guy. And you get kind of tired out there when you're out there for a long time. But we kept bouncing back and kept fighting."

And suddenly, the AFC East race is a whole lot tighter with the Jets (5-3) catching the division rival Bills (5-3). Things don't get easier for Buffalo, which was coming off a 25-16 loss at Miami, and completes its three-game intra-division stretch at New England next week.

The Bills can only blame themselves. They've dropped three of four and squandered any of the momentum they had generated after getting off to a 4-0 start.

"Losing the last two games is hard. There's nowhere to hide," said Bills cornerback Jabari Greer, who briefly made the game close early in the fourth quarter, when he returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown. "No matter what we've done before, having that two-game losing streak, the taste in your mouth can easily become something if that's not corrected. It can change the whole mind-set of the season."

At least the Bills defense held up for the most part. Buffalo, instead, was undone by yet another sloppy offensive performance.

Trent Edwards finished 24-of-35 for 289 yards with a touchdown, two interceptions and a lost fumble, which led directly to the Jets scoring 10 points.

"For the most part, we're kind of beating ourselves," Edwards said. "The only finger I'm pointing is at myself."

That's quite a departure for the second-year starter, who had looked poised and confident in leading Buffalo to three consecutive fourth-quarter comeback victories earlier this season. After committing four turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions) in his first five games, Edwards has committed five (three interceptions and two fumbles) and allowed a safety in his past two.

Rookie tight end Derek Fine scored on a 9-yard touchdown reception, but the Bills' offense was mostly stymied. It didn't help that running back Marshawn Lynch missed the second quarter experiencing nausea after he attempted to chase down Elam during the interception return.

The Jets' offense wasn't entirely perfect, but did a better job of playing efficiently.

Thomas Jones scored on a 7-yard run and Brett Favre rebounded from having an interception returned for a score for the second straight week.

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Favre, who threw three interceptions before securing a 28-24 win over Kansas City last weekend, went 19-of-28 for 201 yards. He responded from the interception against Buffalo by producing a 14-play, 65-yard drive that ate up nearly 9 minutes and ended with Jay Feely hitting a 31-yard field goal.

Jets head coach Eric Mangini met with Favre on Tuesday, and the two talked about how to stop the run of seven interceptions Favre has racked up in the three games before Sunday, ESPN's Rachel Nichols reported Sunday.

Mangini said you can take risks, but to put it in blackjack terms, just stop trying to hit on 20. Favre laughed because when he gambles, he usually only plays $10 bucks a hand, so he hits on everything, but he said he did get Mangini's message.

"I was nervous, to be honest," Favre said, describing his mood after taking the field following the interception. "That drive was one of the most important for us offensively all year, not only because it helped us win the game, it was a statement drive, not only to other team but to ourselves."

Game notes


Favre earned his first win at Ralph Wilson Stadium after going 0-3 in his previous three visits with Green Bay. That leaves 10 places Favre has yet to win, including Texas Stadium, where he's 0-6. ... The interception by Greer was the 300th of Favre's career. ... Bills right guard Jason Whittle, filling in for injured starter Brad Butler, was hurt and did not return in the fourth quarter. Coach Dick Jauron declined to discuss the nature of the injury. Whittle had strained his left quadriceps last weekend. ... Feely made four of five attempts, missing wide left from 37 yards.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
BUF
1st Downs1618
Passing 1st downs
1013
Rushing 1st downs
63
1st downs from penalties
02
3rd down efficiency
5-118-13
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays5357
Total Yards297292
Yards per play5.65.1
Total Drives99
Passing201262
Comp-Att
19-2824-35
Yards per pass
7.26.6
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-05-27
Rushing9630
Rushing Attempts
2517
Yards per rush
3.81.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-61-4
Penalties5-347-45
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11
Possession29:5930:01

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre19/282017.2010-0
BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Edwards24/352898.3125-27

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones12695.8123
Washington7131.905
BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch9161.806
Jackson7152.107

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cotchery66210.3035
Washington24221.0040
BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Royal57014.0021
Lynch35217.3042

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYJBUF
nyjFG13:17Jay Feely 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 42 yds, 1:47
30
bufTD11:32Derek Fine 9 Yard Pass From Trent Edwards (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 57 yds, 1:47
37
nyjFG8:06Jay Feely 26 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, -2 yds, 0:56
67
nyjTD0:15Abram Elam 92 Yard Interception Return (Jay Feely Kick is Good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 56 yds, 8:05
137
THIRD QUARTERNYJBUF
nyjFG8:57Jay Feely 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 51 yds, 4:46
167
bufFG3:38Rian Lindell 53 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 36 yds, 5:23
1610
nyjTD1:12Thomas Jones 7 Yard Run (Jay Feely Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 60 yds, 2:25
2310
FOURTH QUARTERNYJBUF
bufTD11:05Jabari Greer 42 Yard Interception Return (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 42 yds, 0:00
2317
nyjFG2:16Jay Feely 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 65 yds, 8:41
2617