Originally written on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 9/11/12

Final Score: 48-28 Jets. Yup. That’s what it says.

Absolutely maddening. Ridiculous. Severe lack of professionalism. What do these three phrases have in common? While most of you may be thinking it has to do with my 28-10 prediction heading into the game, calling into question why the hell I’m writing about the NFL in the first place, you could not be more wrong if you tried. You think I’m taking the blame for the giant turd Ryan Fitzpatrick and his Bills’ laid on Sunday? There’s a better chance they replay the game than that happening. I was 100% right in my assessment before the game. If Fitzpatrick didn’t go at Darrelle Revis REPEATEDLY, then maybe he wouldn’t have thrown three INT’s. Ever think of that, Fitzy? We all see that Harvard degree is doing WONDERS for you these days.

Is it all Ryan Fitzpatrick’s fault that the Jets currently LEAD THE NFL IN SCORING? Partially, yes, but not totally. Fred “Tough as Glass” Jackson made it six carries into 2012 before leaving the field with an injury which will likely keep him out a month at the minimum. Way to bounce back from last season’s injury, Jackson. But the Bills offense was still able to put up the 28 points I predicted they would before the game was played. By that logic, how could it be the fault of the offense even if they were responsible for FOUR turnovers?

The new, expensive Buffalo Bills defense could have been confused for Savannah State, and that’s probably more of an insult to Savannah State than Buffalo. Either Rex Ryan created the greatest distraction in the history of NFL offseasons OR the Bills are an attrociously coached team which lacks focus. I’m not in the business of giving Sexy Rexy credit here so I’m going to give the entire blame pie to Chan Gailey on this one. This was a statement game for both teams. Either the Bills were going to cement themselves as the second best team in the AFC East or the Jets were going to disprove their doubters. I’d say the latter was

Mario Williams? The player people thought was going to be missed in Houston before the year started? The former first overall pick? Did he make it to the Medowlands? Because I can’t even find him on the stat sheet. Oh wait. There he is! No sacks. No pressures. ONE tackle. ONE. Highest paid defensive end in the history of the game. ONE tackle. Meanwhile the Jets free agent pickup, who came with MUCH less fanfare, LaRon Landry led the Jets with six tackles and forced a fumble. Yeremiah Bell, the other new member of the Jets secondary, recovered said fumble. This game came down to defense, and apparently only one team decided to play any whatsoever.

The Bills drafted cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the first round of this year’s draft. The Jets took wide receiver Stephen Hill in the second round of the draft. Gilmore was in on four tackles while he, much like the rest of the Bills’ secondary, defended ZERO passes. Meanwhile, Hill ran rampant on the Bills secondary catching a team high five balls for 89 yeards and two touchdowns.

The Bills should be embarassed for this performance. Sure, they scored 28 points but 14 came in the fourth quarter when the Jets already had 41 points. I mean Jeremy Kerley scored twice. TWICE! If the Bills even want to be semi-respected this season, they are going to have to right the ship quickly because if they lose to Kansas City at home this week it’s only going to get tougher. The Bills finish off September at Cleveland and at home against New England. As we saw this past weekend, the Browns are not to be taken lightly at home as they held the Eagles to 17 points while intercepting Michael Vick four times. If Buffalo can’t beat the Chiefs at home this weekend, they could easily be looking at an 0-5 start considering they play at San Francisco after they host the Patriots. Not the start of the season Buffalo fans were circling the wagon for during the preseason.

Jets’ fans, however, have collectively forgotten everything they said during the offseason. So far there have been no cries for Tim Tebow to take over at the helm. Rex Ryan still has a job. Santonio Holmes hasn’t ruined any huddles yet. Darrelle Revis is on the field instead of pleading for more money. Shonn Green looks like the featured back the Jets had hoped for when they drafted him. And Mark Sanchez threw a manageable 27 passes. As far as Jets’s fans are concerned, another AFC Championship loss is looking like the floor. When will reality hit? Possibly this week when they travel to Pittsburgh to face a disappointed Steelers team. If the Jets can steal this game in Pittsburgh though, they should open up the season 3-0 before taking on the 49ers in Week 4 and Texans in Week 5 (both at home) after playing the Dolphins in Miami in Week 3. Things are shaping up nicely for Rex’s boys, now let’s see if they can keep the momentum heading forward.


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