This Jet comeback ends with giveback [7:54 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets' charmed-life magic carpet ride tumbled to earth yesterday, much like a barrel helplessly free-falling down nearby Niagara Falls. The Jets' 23-20 loss to the Bills at jam-packed Ralph Wilson Stadium was proof that, late in the game with the result hanging in the balance, it is possible to shoot the Jets dead.'
Coles catching on in big way [7:53 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Laveranues Coles is fast becoming a legitimate pro receiver and a significant factor in the Jet offense. The rookie receiver had a career day in yesterday's 23-20 loss to the Bills, catching five passes for 131 yards.'
It's usually lights out when Vinny & Curtis fail [7:52 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets are a better team than the Bills, but the better team did not win yesterday, and the better team deserved to lose, 23-20, at the bitter end.'
Fumble even stuns Curt [7:51 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Martin, too, was held to a season-low 46 rushing yards on 18 carries (a paltry 2.6-yard average). When Al Groh was asked why the Jets had so much difficulty running the ball, he said, "They (the Bills) beat the blocks. That is what usually stops runs."'
Bills Come Due at 0:00 [7:50 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The "Team of Destiny" was doing it again. A 10-point deficit had been erased. The stage was set for another flick of the green-and-white magic wand. But someone forgot to pack enough stardust and trick- play potion for this trip to Buffalo. Just when the Jets appeared ready to put the finishing touches on another storybook ending, they ran out of magic. Either that, or Doug Flutie and the Bills hijacked their supply.'
Turnovers Become Nightmare [7:49 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"One of the things I believe is turnovers will cause you to lose," Jets coach Al Groh said. "That was confirmed today. Every time one goes on the ground, I feel like it's a step in that direction. It's hard to overcome four of those."'
Jets Finding Coles to Be Quite a Catch [7:48 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Looks as if the Jets didn't gamble on Laveranues Coles after all. There were plenty of skeptics on draft day who suggested the Jets had wasted a third-round pick on the Florida State receiver, who was suspended last season after a felony arrest for shoplifting at a Florida department store. But Coles hasn't made an off-field peep during his tenure with the Jets, and his on-field production has steadily increased throughout the first half of the season. With five catches for a career-high 131 yards yesterday, including a 63-yarder that set up a third-quarter touchdown, Coles is quickly blossoming into a go-to receiver after only eight games.'
In Losing, Jets Have Look of Contenders [7:46 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'But in spite of yesterday's 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Jets offered sufficient evidence to indicate that they stand a reasonable chance of playing deep into January.'
Frost, Hayes Can't Cover Jets' Needs [7:45 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Scott Frost's first career start didn't go according to plan. All that means is the Jets are still searching for the answer at free safety. Frost got the nod at the troublesome position over Kevin Williams, who made pass-coverage mistakes in the last three games. Frost split time with Chris Hayes, who usually stars on special teams but rarely sees action on regular downs. The spotlight was on Frost late in the fourth quarter, when Eric Moulds caught a 52-yard pass from Doug Flutie between Frost and cornerback Marcus Coleman and made it to the Jets' 1-yard line. The breakdown led to a field goal that gave the Bills a 20-17 lead with 6:14 left. The worst part is that the Jets knew the play was coming and couldn't stop it.'
Time runs out on Jets' magic [7:42 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"There was no letdown whatsoever," coach Al Groh said minutes after Steve Christie's 34-yard field goal as time expired dropped his Jets to 6-2 and into a three-way tie with the Dolphins and Colts for the AFC East lead. "I thought our effort was excellent. We're a good team that can play good ball. But we made ourselves an easy mark." Groh was referring to the mistakes the Jets made: four turnovers, three by quarterback Vinny Testaverde in the second quarter that cost the Jets anywhere from 13 to 17 points, and several untimely breakdowns in their still-scrambling secondary that enabled Doug Flutie and company to do just enough to stay ahead in the fourth quarter.'
Frosty reception for strong safety [7:41 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Third-year free safety Scott Frost got his first NFL start Sunday. But what should have been an upbeat occasion was dragged down by the Jets' 23-20 loss to the Buffalo and by Frost and Marcus Coleman getting beaten on a 52-yard completion from Doug Flutie to Eric Moulds that set up the first of the Bills' two fourth-quarter field goals.'
Flutie finds way to ground Jets [7:39 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'So the Bills will hit Foxboro at .500 (4-4) Sunday to take on the Patriots (2-6) because Flutie, though he had numerous passes knocked down, did nothing to make them lose while Testaverde had plenty of negatives after his Monday night magic show rallied the Jets from a 30-7 three-quarter pit to beat Miami last week.'
Bills leave Jets no time for comeback [7:38 AM]
USA Today reports: 'The Buffalo Bills figured out the best way to beat the never-say-die New York Jets: Score the winning points with no time left on the clock.'
A crucial test passed [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills got no help from anyone else yesterday as Indianapolis beat Detroit and Miami rallied to overtake Green Bay. The Jets, Dolphins and Colts are all 6-2, leaving the 4-4 Bills mired in fourth place in the AFC East. Elsewhere in the AFC, record-wise the Bills still trail Tennessee, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Oakland and Kansas City. Do the math. With six teams eligible for the post-season, the Bills currently rank ninth in the AFC. Imagine where they would be had they squandered another fourth-quarter lead.'
Bills ground another Jets comeback [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'As long as there is time on the clock, we don't get down on ourselves," said Jets running back Curtis Martin. It's a sentiment shared by Dougie and the Bills. After the Jets tied the game at 17 with 2:20 remaining, Doug Flutie took over at his 27 and guided Buffalo on a drive that culminated with a 34-yard, game-winning field goal by Steve Christie as time expired.'
Phillips turns dogs loose on Jets [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: '"He just said go out, play loose and bring some of the fun back," linebacker Sam Rogers said yesterday. "It's not fun when you lose, so he just wanted us to relax a bit, just do our jobs and have faith that everything will take care of itself in the end." When the dust settled on a very entertaining 23-20 Buffalo victory on a glorious fall day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, several Bills started barking in the locker room.'
Notes on Bills/Jets game [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills LB Sam Cowart: Another tremendous performance as he further enhanced his case for a Pro Bowl berth with two fumble recoveries and a game-high 11 tackles, none bigger than his stop on Anderson to thwart the Jets last possession. Two plays before that, Cowart was crossed up on a 12-yard pass to Richie Anderson, but he atoned for that mistake in a big way.'
Bills 23, Jets 20 [7:22 PM]
AP reports: 'The Jets could only blame themselves, committing four turnovers, three of which led to Bills scores. A fumble by Vinny Testaverde at the Bills 10 foiled a scoring bid in the second quarter. Testaverde was intercepted twice, once by Henry Jones, who ran it back 45 yards for a touchdown. "Turnovers will cause you to lose, and that was confirmed today," Jets coach Al Groh said. "Too many hurdles to overcome."'
Bills 23, Jets 20 [4:13 PM]
Sportsticker reports: Taking over on their own 27 with 2:11 to play, the Bills went to work behind Flutie. After picking up an initial first down, Buffalo (4-4) was faced with a 3rd-and-10, but Flutie hit Peerless Price with a 17-yard pass to move the ball to the New York 40.
Jets or Bust for the Bills? [11:01 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Coming into the season, the Bills faced the NFL's toughest schedule based on last year's records. And, in fairness, their four losses - to Minnesota (7-0), Jets (6-1), Miami (5-2) and Indianapolis (5-2) - have been to teams whose combined record is 23-5. Still, realistically, it's going to take 10 victories to make the playoffs and that means Buffalo must go 7-2 down the stretch ... starting today. And even if Buffalo holds serve at home and goes 7-1 at The Ralph, the Bills must also win 3-of-5 on the road.'
Mixing Bills game with business [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Nine consultants who help companies pick suitable regions in which to relocate or expand will be guests of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise at today's game. They'll be wined-and-dined in a stadium suite, watching their home team as it rides atop the tough AFC East division. Of course, it so happens that regional marketers have also set up meetings with local development officials who dole out incentives to companies. And yes, there will be a few visits to some commercial office parks and industrial sites on Monday, prior to the visitors' departure. While they're here, union leaders will meet with at least one of the visitors to highlight labor-management initiatives that have boosted productivity. Talk about a classic carrot-and-stick strategy.'
Bills, Jets have a theme: defense dominates [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The AFC East showdown between the Bills and the New York Jets pits two defensive-oriented teams that have a habit of playing close games. In addition, weather forecasts are calling for windy conditions, which could hinder the passing game.'
Educating Sammy [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sammy Morris' journey to the Buffalo Bills has more twists and turns than a belly dance. He can look back at his days at Texas Tech and laugh now that his troubles are over, knowing his banishment from college, in many ways, saved him from troubles later in life.'
Henning's offense will have tricks [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's time for the Bills' defense to play a great game. . . . Bills, 20-16.'
New Day Dawns for Jets, Who Wake Up to Flutie [7:28 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Indeed, Flutie's competitiveness was on display last week when he chafed at what he perceives as slights against him and Vinny Testaverde, and at his own benching before Buffalo's wild-card playoff game last season. "We both went to the Pro Bowl in 1998, yet the following year Vinny has to go through a torn Achilles' and re-earn people's respect this year and I'm not good enough to start for this team in the playoffs," Flutie said. "You're always trying to prove yourself, and Vinny and I have always been in that situation."'
Miracle Workers Meet [7:26 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'If today's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium were a battle of breakfast cereals, it would be Lucky Charms versus Flutie Flakes.'
Jets Scouting Report [7:25 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Prediction: Jets, 27-20.'
One more win puts Jets in pilot's seat [7:24 AM]
New York Post reports: '"Looking at some of the tapes, at times we've played like [garbage] but we still won." One of those games was the last encounter against Buffalo, a 27-14 win on Sept. 17 at Giants Stadium, where the Jets scored one TD on a 97-yard Kevin Williams KO return and on a 45-yard Hail Mary pass at the end of the half to Marcus Coleman. There was a consensus among some players that the Jets stole one from the Bills. Buffalo linebacker Sam Cowart disagreed. "They didn't steal it, we gave it away," Cowart said.'
Cardiac kids could use more reliable safety net [7:21 AM]
New York Post reports: 'In their first meeting against Buffalo, Bills' WR Jeremy McDaniel caught a 74-yard bomb on the Jets' defense. Green, who was late with help on the play, was the culprit, as he was on a couple big plays against Miami. Speaking about the big plays, Jets' nickel back Ray Mickens said, "You can't make excuses for that. We have to be on the same page back there."
That, however, isn't likely to happen until the Jets settle on a consistent starter at free safety. With Bills' top WR Eric Moulds tied for second in the NFL with 53 receptions - 23 of those coming in the last two games - the Jets face some dangerous possibilities today.'
Forget the Miracles, Groh Preaches Reality [7:19 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'How long can the good times last? How far can the Jets ride this wave? "The sky's the limit, I don't know," safety Victor Green said. "Hopefully, all the way to Tampa." Green means Tampa as in the host city of Super Bowl XXXV. Before Keyshawn Johnson starts making dinner reservations for his old buddies for the last week of January, hold on a minute. There's some more business to be taken care of today against the Bills.'
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