Reversal of Fortune at Jets' Expense [8:03 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets have reached deep into their stash of magic dust this season. They sprinkled it liberally over four fourth-quarter comeback victories and buried the Dolphins with it last Monday night. When the Jets went for another handful today, they came up empty.'
Digging Out of Holes Takes Toll on Jets [8:02 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Yesterday the Jets fell behind a desperate Bills team but, after tying the score, ran out of comebacks. Was this a blip or an omen?'
Still Searching for a Safety [8:01 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Coach Al Groh of the Jets expressed concern about the play of his safeties last week, and today he made a change in his lineup by giving Scott Frost, a former quarterback, his first start at safety after a three- year conversion process. Frost took over for Kevin Williams, who had won the job after a three-way competition in training camp. But Williams struggled in the regular season and was dropped to third in the rotation today, behind Chris Hayes. The switch did not solve the Jets' problems in the secondary. Frost and Marcus Coleman were defending Bills receiver Eric Moulds when he split them and caught a 52-yard pass down the left side. Coleman said both he and Frost were at fault. That led to a field goal that put the Bills ahead by 20-17 in the fourth quarter.'
Flutie Makes Jet Magic Disappear [8:00 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Sure enough, when the Jets reached into that trusty top hat of theirs, they pulled out a skunk, not a rabbit. "We couldn't make that miracle run this time," strong safety Victor Green after the Jets' 23-20 loss.'
Vinny, Jets Mine Coles [7:59 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Bills didn't expect rookie Laveranues Coles to catch five passes for 131 yards yesterday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Truth is, they didn't expect him to do much of anything.'
Flutie Fits Bill, But Could Be Back on Bench [7:58 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Bills coach Wade Phillips will be faced with the same dilemma he had last year before the playoffs, when Flutie had guided the team to a 10-6 record in place of an injured Johnson but Phillips sent Johnson out against Tennessee in the playoffs.'
Dangerous Game of Follow The Leader Proves Costly [7:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'But on a day when they didn't need any heroics or pyrotechnics to secure a victory, when an ordinary, mistake-free football game would have been enough, the Jets came up short. Like a wet roman candle, the Jets fizzled after they had sizzled against Miami on Monday night.'
Bills Leave Frost Out in Cold [7:56 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Jets coach Al Groh, who made it clear last week that he was disenchanted with the play at both safety positions, benched FS Kevin Williams and started Scott Frost yesterday against the Bills. Frost, in his first NFL start, was victimized on one of the biggest plays in the Jets' 23-20 loss at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Frost was burned by WR Eric Moulds on a 52-yard reception in the fourth quarter, resulting in a Buffalo field goal. Frost, responsible for deep coverage, let Moulds get behind him. CB Marcus Coleman also was involved in the coverage.'
Jets: Report Card [7:55 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Curtis Martin had no running room, but that's no excuse for his killer fumble in the fourth quarter. It's never easy for him against the Bills.'
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.'
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