The New York Jets started off the 2012 season with a bang, sending a resounding message throughout the NFL and especially the AFC East about their relevancy this season. After an offseason filled with boisterous doubters and a preseason that emboldened those doubters, the Jets defeated the Buffalo Bills handily at MetLife Stadium. The 48-28 triumph gives the Jets a divisional win and knocks back one of the teams that will likely be competing for a playoff spot.
The New York Jets were boosted by turnovers and special teams early, as Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions in the first half. Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson grabbed the picks, with Antonio Cromartie taking his back for a touchdown. Jeremy Kerley returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown to push the Jets lead to 21-0. Kerley put the first points of the 2012 season on the board with his 12-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.
Mark Sanchez finished 266 yards passing, three touchdowns and one interception. Tim Tebow had very little impact on offense with 11 yards rushing, though he contributed on special teams, including recovering an onside kick to help seal the win. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 195 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Shonn Greene rushed for 94 yards and a score, and rookie Stephen Hill caught five passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. the Jets offense had some nice rhythm going and looked to be in control for much of the afternoon. Austin Howard also deserves recognition for keeping Mario Williams quiet. Williams recorded just one tackle the entire afternoon, and the Bills didn't record a single sack.
The Jets will head to Heinz Field next week to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the tough start to the schedule, a strong opening week win was crucial. The Jets have some confidence heading into a difficult week two matchup, looking to build on their performance.
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