Report card [7:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Eric Moulds and Peerless Price do play for this team. They combined for nine catches and 210 yards with Moulds scoring on a 46-yard play and Price a 70-yarder. Each dropped passes, however, to pull down the grade.'
Fans' minds on more than just football [7:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"Now, that we've taken military action against the terrorists, you have to be concerned about what steps they will take to retaliate. You have to think that a football stadium with this many people would be a prime target. But what are you going to do? We've got tickets, we're here, so we're going."'
Bills a writeoff [7:12 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'They were beaten for the fourth consecutive time yesterday, 42-36, by a shaky New York Jets team. It should be noted that the game was not that close. Six points suggests the Bills were competitive. In fact, they were never a serious threat. They flirted with it a couple of times, but their rallies were a mirage.'
Jets Turn Defense Into Points [7:11 AM]
New York Times reports: 'It can be a sign of a maturing team when it can kick a bad team when it is down. And, more importantly, a sign that a struggling team might have found its footing is when it does not sink to the level of an even worse team. If that is the case, the Jets made progress today with a 42-36 victory over the inept Buffalo Bills.'
Jets Were Thinking 'About All the Troops' [7:10 AM]
New York Times reports: '"I saw that," Jets Coach Herman Edwards said, alluding to the war news after his team's 42-36 victory. "You think about all the troops over there who are fighting for us so that we can stand here. Your prayers are with them."'
Lewis's Elbow Fells Johnson [7:09 AM]
New York Times reports: 'This game was a homecoming for the Jets' defensive coordinator, Ted Cottrell, who spent 10 years with the Bills and who interviewed for their head coaching job in the off-season before they hired Gregg Williams. Many Buffalo players made their way to the Jets' sideline to greet Cottrell during warm-ups.'
For Jets Defense, Points Well Taken [7:08 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'These weren't the Bills of Kelly, Thomas and Reed, so the Jets (2-2) would be foolish to get too giddy with the victory, especially with the Dolphins (3-1) next on the schedule. Nonetheless, it was a sorely needed jolt for the Jets' psyche, which appeared to be at the breaking point after last week's loss.'
Martin Is Finally Able To Find Buffalo Wings [7:08 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"I felt we broke the curse, broke the hex today because the Bills had had my number since I've been with the Jets," Martin said after running 26 times for 135 yards and scoring twice. "The only two successful games against them were the two games my rookie year. It was something we definitely needed."'
Bills: No Room For Mo's Elbow [7:07 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Rob Johnson thought the hit was dirty. Mo Lewis didn't think he could have avoided it. It will be up to the NFL to determine who is right.'
Better, But Not Quite Greener Pastures [7:06 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It was an unusual strategic move — to start the game with an onside kick. Maybe the Bills were hoping to catch the Jets asleep and set them back on their heels. "It actually helped us," said Ted Cottrell, the Jets defensive coordinator/assistant head coach. "We stopped them and got the ball back. It gave us a jolt and we responded positively."
Vinny Finds It Hard to Focus [7:05 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"A lot of thoughts were running through my mind," he said after the Jets' 42-36 win over the Bills. "It was tough during the pregame warmups. I had to go back in the locker room and review the plays again, just to reassure myself. It was distracting, but at the same time, we had a job to do."'
Jets: Report Card [7:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Offensive Line: A- Controlled the line of scrimmage against Buffalo's eight-man fronts. Nice job picking up blitzes. No sacks allowed.'
Big-play Jets take out bumplin' Bills [7:03 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets' defense, which missed 18 tackles in the 19-17 loss to the 49ers, pushed the Bills around, forcing five turnovers - three in the first quarter - and knocking Buffalo QB Rob Johnson out of the game late in the first quarter with a pinched nerve in his neck.'
Becht bounces back in style [7:02 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The previous week had represented a trying time of reflection for Anthony Becht, the Jets' second-year tight end who had his worst game as a pro last Monday against the 49ers with three dropped passes and one sack allowed. In yesterday's 42-36 win over Buffalo, though, Becht was terrific both in his blocking and catching the ball - as if Monday night's performance never took place.'
Jet LB corps leads 'D' way [7:01 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Yesterday, with the knowledge that American troops had begun a real war in the Middle East, the Jet LBs sought to make their own statement of redemption at Jack Wilson Stadium.'
Jet minds on U.S. bombers [7:00 AM]
New York Post reports: '"We're not the ones that started this, but I've got to believe we'll be the ones to finish it," he said.'
Jets vs. Bills: Sieve vs. Sieve [6:59 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets were being the Jets, which means they were sputtering along against what appears to be one of the worst Bills teams of the past 15 years. Moments into the third quarter on a cold, windy day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Jets were only six points better than the Bills, who are a mere shell of the proud AFC East contender they used to be.'
One-Hit Blunder? [6:59 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Lewis was not penalized, but the NFL is certain to review the play this week.'
Jets proving they can beat the worst [6:58 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'After all, they barely defeated a terrible Bills team that is being compared to the worst in franchise history. The 2-14 team of 1985 comes to the mind of many veteran Bills observers.'
Vinny Finds It Difficult To Focus [6:57 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'It was a triumphant return to Buffalo for Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, who spent 10 years with the Bills, including 1998-2000 as their defensive coordinator. He received hearty congratulations from Bills owner Ralph Wilson after the game.'
Linebackers help steal a victory [6:57 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Turns out what the Jets really have is a West Coast defense and the linebackers are their quick-strike playmakers. The linebackers figured if the offense wasn't going to get in the end zone on its own, they'd show the way.'
Don't inflate this 'W' -- value of Bills is down [6:56 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Jets are close to awful, especially on defense, at the moment, but the Bills are awful. There is no other rational way to explain four Buffalo turnovers directly leading to 28 points for the Jets, the first three as they mounted a 21-6 lead in the first quarter.'
Lewis' hit earns Johnson's wrath [6:55 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Mo Lewis yesterday racked up his second knockout of a quarterback in the past three games -- and this week's victim, Rob Johnson, thinks it was a cheap shot.'
Jets 42, Bills 36 [6:54 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Smartest play: The Bills opened the game with an onside kick by Jake Arians, which was recovered by DB Lance Brown at his own 41. The Bills ended up losing the ball on a fumble by RB Sammy Morris two plays later, but you have to love the aggressive attitude coach Gregg Williams brought into the game.'
'D' gives Jets a jump-start [6:53 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"That gave us all a jolt," said defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell in his first visit to Buffalo since leaving the Bills to join Edwards' Jets staff this year. "And we responded very positively. We got the turnover and that helped our offense."'
Lewis seeks improvement [6:51 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'And backup quarterback Alex Van Pelt replaced starter Rob Johnson late in the first quarter and at times looked more comfortable in running the West Coast offense than either Johnson or the Jets' Vinny Testaverde. The Bills gained 473 yards overall, 376 coming on Van Pelt's watch.'
Jets get no points for style [6:50 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'On the opposite sideline, the other AFC East team with a rookie coach and first-year West Coast attack is searching for answers. The Buffalo Bills fell to 0-4 after their 42-36 defeat to the Jets on Sunday, getting Buffalo off to its worst start since 1985, when Vince Ferragamo was the team's starting quarterback.'
Jets 42, Bills 36 [7:20 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills took solace in that they didn't give up. The 36 points were one more than they scored in three previous games combined.'
NY Jets 42, Buffalo 36 [7:18 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Buffalo Bills were in a giving mood and the New York Jets were eager to accept.'
Bills lose Johnson with pinched neck nerve [6:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Rob Johnson, struck in the back of the head by an elbow from Mo Lewis, pinched a nerve in his neck in Sunday's game against the New York Jets.'
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