The New York Jets came off their bye week in playoff contention with renewed optimism. They flew into Buffalo only to leave with their wings clipped. It was never competitive. It was all Bills, all day.
Here is the good, the bad and the ugly:
The Jets picked up Reed off the waiver wire to procur his services for their underachieving secondary. While Reed only managed three tackles for the game, perhaps rookie Dee Milliner received the message. Milliner finished the game with his best outing. Milliner finished the game with eight tackles.
Unfortunately, the Jets secondary was unable to manage an interception against rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. Manuel finished the game completing 20-of-28 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
It wasn't really good. But it was the least of the bad for the Jets.
In the battle of the rookie quarterbacks, Smith was bad. How bad? Three interceptions, one fumble loss, 8-of23 passes for 103 yards bad. He had no passing touchdowns bad. He had one rushing attempt for zero yards, bad. Getting benched in the fourth quarter, which was two quarters too late, bad.
Coming off a bye week, Smith was bad.
Buffalo Bills' secondary and Kiko Alonso made the game just plain ugly for Smith and the Jets. While head coach Rex Ryan is a defesive guru, the Bills defense made the impact.
Alonso finished the game with 13 tackles including an impressive goal line stance.
The secondary was nasty ugly. Aaron Williams collected 10 tackles. Jairus Byrd contributed four tackles, one sack and two interceptions. And DaNorris Searcy had one interception which he returned for a touchdown.
If you are a Bills fan, this was so ugly it was beautiful.
If you are a Jets' fan it was all just plain ugly.
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