Bills 22, Jets 17: THR's 2-Point Conversion

The Jets were grounded on the runway to the playoffs by a Bills' team and coach determined to sweep its divisional rival.  It's only January, but one could be excused for thinking that it was Groundhog Day as these two finished with the exact score of their November meeting.  THR's editors tell you how it ended up here.  Again.

DOUG

  1. When Ryan Fitzpatrick is going for broke on the comback trail, it's fifty-fifty if he'll throw the touchdown pass or throw the inteception.  This is something that Bills' fans are familiar with.  In this case, Fitz threw an interception, then threw a would-be touchdown pass that his receiver dropped and then another interception to end the game (dropped passes were an ongoing problem for the Jets this game). When will the guy learn to stop throwing while he's being tackled? This time it worked out in the Bills' favor.
  2. Though the game was meaningless to some extent, it was nice to see the Bills go out with a solid performace.  Sammy Watkins had a great day receiving,  Tyrod Tylor was effective when he had to scramble and solid from the pocket.  The running game was solid, especially considering that it was without LeSean McCoy and then without Karlos William for the second half.  Good but not spectacular overall.  If the pieces are going to remain the same next year, the Bills will need to find another gear to make a playoff run.

GREG

  1. A team with nothing to play for is dangerous.  Third and fourth down conversions were huge.  If only the Bills played that way all the time.
  2. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Ryan Fitzpatrick is the guy that hits every cup in beer pong except the last.  He had three positions to hit the last cup and never could.

KYLE

  1. In a game that meant nothing for our playoff hopes, we showed up in a big way.  Our offense was consistent and exciting to watch.  Sammy had another amazing game and Roman showed us that he has a few tricks up his sleeves.  It was actually kind of sad to see the Jets crumble like they did, which leads me to my next point.
  2. It's hard to look in the mirror but today we played a Jets' team that looked like the Bills during most of our season.  Debilitating penalties, dropped passes, and clutch turnovers in the last half had the Jets burying their own playoff chances.  I feel bad for Fitzy, but like we've seen in the past but, when under immense pressure, Fitzpatrick chokes, and he choked big time today.

KEVIN

  1. This is the kind of game that you want to watch!  The Bills got after it in the beginning and played strong through the 4th quarter.  It was a bit shocking that the Bills had around 20 3rd downs during the game, but at least they were able to convert most of those 3rd downs.  It also helped to run down the clock in the 4th quarter.
  2. Three interceptions in the fourth made up for a weak 3rd quarter.  The Bills have now swept Miami and the Jets this year (we got swept by the patriots).  That sets us up well for division expectations next year.  I personally am excited for the way this team is trending.

BONUS POINT

  1. Did it seem like EJ Manuel was just a little bit too excited on his one play of the game?  I mean, yes he got the Jets to jump on the hard count to get the first down, but did that really warrant chest-bumping Greg Roman on the sidelines?  Poor guy.  Keep working, EJ.