4:15 PM ET, October 18, 2009
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Sanchez's INTs overshadow Jones' career day as Jets lose third straight
Off the Mark
Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions on Sunday in a loss to the Bills. He now is tied with Jake Delhomme for the NFL lead in interceptions. The rookie has just one TD and eight INTs in his past three games -- all losses.
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-- ESPN Stats and Information
• The Jets jumped out to a 13-3 halftime lead, but didn't score again despite Thomas Jones' team-record 210 rush yards. Jones is just the second Jet to top 200 yards rushing in a game -- Curtis Martin had 203.
• Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions and now has eight in his last three games, all Jets losses.
• The Bills had six interceptions in all, also picking off Sam Weatherford after a botched field goal in overtime. They entered the game with four interceptions all season.
• Sanchez joins Ryan Fitzpatrick and Kyle Orton as rookies to throw five picks in a game since 2000. Fitzpatrick, coincidentally, replaced Trent Edwards for Buffalo against the Jets.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
ately, I think it's probably severe. I'm not sure, though."That would be a devastating loss for a defense that has struggled to dominate as it did to start the season."It's a huge blow," defensive end Shaun Ellis said. "Guys are going to have to step up across the board and fill in his shoes, and those are big shoes to fill."Jay Feely had a shot at a winning 50-yard attempt early in overtime, but holder Steve Weatherford couldn't handle the snap. Weatherford, the punter, ran to his left and lofted the ball, but it was picked off by John Wendling and gave the Bills possession.Fitzpatrick went 10 of 25 for 116 yards and a touchdown to Lee Evans and one interception for the Bills after Edwards left. On third-and-2 from the Bills 43 early in the second quarter, Edwards was taken down by David Harris and Calvin Pace and remained on the turf for a few moments before being taken to the sideline, and then into the locker room."If Trent ends up being out, I'll get some more time with those guys," Fitzpatrick said. "I love playing the game. It was a lot of fun being out there."A week after holding Cleveland's Derek Anderson to 2-for-17 passing for 23 yards in a 6-3 loss, Buffalo made things miserable for Sanchez. The rookie was 10 of 29 for 119 yards and the five interceptions, including two by Jairus Byrd, with the last coming by Paul Posluszny to set up the winning drive."I don't know if I could play any worse," a dejected Sanchez said. "It was totally my fault and I owe these guys a lot."The Bills also took advantage of two third-quarter interceptions by Sanchez into a strong wind, getting 10 points to tie it. Ryan said he thought about pulling the rookie, but said he still believed in him."Of the six games, three losses, two of them I felt like you can blame No. 6 on offense," Sanchez said. "That's not a good feeling. I've got to turn this thing around."On third-and-7 from the Jets 37, Fitzpatrick avoided a blitz and threw a short pass to Evans, who ran a slant and took off down the middle of the field to tie it at 13 with 2:30 left in the third quarter."He stepped in and we didn't miss a beat," Evans said of Fitzpatrick.The crowd at a blustery Meadowlands let the Jets' defense have it with loud boos.George Wilson intercepted Sanchez on the Jets' first possession of the second half, and Lindell kicked a 25-yard field goal to make it 13-6.Jones' 71-yard touchdown run, the fifth-longest in team history, gave the Jets a 13-3 lead with 7:31 remaining before halftime."When you have a lot of penalties and a lot of turnovers and plays that get called back, just a lot of misfortunes in the game," Jones said, "you're not going to win."
Martin had 203 yards rushing against Indianapolis in 2000. ... Jauron said safety Donte Whitner left early with an injured ankle, defensive tackle Kyle Williams has an injured shoulder, cornerback Terrence McGee has a bruised chest and tight end Shawn Nelson suffered a concussion. ... Bills WR Terrell Owens was held to three catches for 13 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.1||5.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-2||0-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||7:22||Rian Lindell 33 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 10 plays, 47 yds, 6:31
|FG||0:39||Jay Feely 23 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 14 plays, 75 yds, 6:46
|FG||9:50||Jay Feely 41 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 5 plays, 67 yds, 2:41
|TD||7:40||Thomas Jones 71 Yard Run (Jay Feely Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 67 yds, 0:35
|FG||7:50||Rian Lindell 25 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 36 yds, 4:44
|TD||2:38||Lee Evans 37 Yard Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 64 yds, 2:44
|FG||2:49||Rian Lindell 47 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 29 yds, 3:41