Buffalo Bills Play Worst Game of the Season
The Buffalo Bills have done a lot of things right during the 2011 season.
Unfortunately, they didn't do much of anything correct on Sunday.
In a pivotal AFC East matchup, the Bills fell apart in the second half and the offense turned the ball over too many times, as the Jets handed Buffalo its first home loss of the season, 27-11.
The loss drops the Bills back into a second place tie with the Jets (could be a three-way tie for first if New England loses to Giants). With a three-game road trip beginning with Dallas, Miami and the Jets again, the Bills are now in a tough spot.
At 5-3, Buffalo still has plenty to be happy about, but the Bills just played their worst game of the year and now have to win at least one road game (they are 1-2 on the road) of the next three, to remain above .500.
Ryan Fitzpatrick had his worst game of the season, throwing two interceptions and finishing with just 191 yards passing, while completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes.
Fred Jackson, who has been one of the great stories this NFL season, fumbled in the third quarter, which set up the Jets' first touchdown.
The second New York touchdown was set up by a 42-yard pass interference call (which was a questionable call it seemed).
Suddenly, the Bills were down 20-3 and the game was basically over.
The frustrating thing for Bills fans was that the defense didn't play that poorly. The offense just had its worst game to date.
Buffalo missed a major chance to start some momentum, when Fitzpatrick threw and interception at the end of the first half, around midfield.
If they could have got some offense going, heading into the locker room, maybe it would have been a different game.
By the time the Bills offense got going, they were behind by 24 points and the game was basically over.
The way the Cowboys are playing that will be a difficult test next week, especially when Buffalo is coming of of a performance they'd rather forget.