Final

Jets 38

(3-1, 2-0 away)

Bills 14

(0-4, 0-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 3, 2010

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 7 10 21 038
BUF 0 7 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: M. Sanchez (NYJ) - 161 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Tomlinson (NYJ) - 19 CAR, 133 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Edwards (NYJ) - 4 REC, 86 YDS, 1 TD

LaDainian Tomlinson has 133 yards, two TDs in Jets' laugher

Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Once LaDainian Tomlinson -- remember him? -- got going, he and the New York Jets had the Buffalo Bills on the run.

Showing at 31 that he's still got much of that old "LT" spark in him, Tomlinson scored twice, broke the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time in nearly two seasons, and passed Tony Dorsett on the NFL rushing list. Add it up, and it was more than enough in a 38-14 rout of the winless Bills on Sunday.

And suddenly, there's no need to question Tomlinson if he's too old or was, perhaps, washed up after the San Diego Chargers cut him this offseason.

"I know what age I am. It doesn't mean I can't play," Tomlinson said. "I never lost confidence. I always knew I could do it. It was just about having an opportunity."

That opportunity came courtesy of Rex Ryan, the Jets coach, whom Tomlinson credited for having the confidence in him.

"You want to run through a brick wall for him," Tomlinson said.

The Bills' banged-up and porous run defense won't be mistaken for a brick wall, but it'll do.

Tomlinson and the Jets (3-1) combined for 273 yards rushing, while tight end Dustin Keller scored twice in exposing many of Buffalo's weaknesses to win their third straight, all against AFC East rivals.

New York blew the game open by scoring three times in a span of 3:29 on its first three possessions of the third quarter. The surge began with Keller scoring twice 1:33 apart to put the Jets up 31-7 with 4:36 left. Tomlinson then put it away 1:56 later on a 26-yard touchdown run, to go with his 1-yard plunge to open the game.

He finished with 133 yards rushing to register the 47th 100-yard game of his 10-year career -- and first since he had 105 on Oct. 26, 2008, when he was with San Diego.

"I thought he was going to be outstanding," Ryan said, referring to what he expected from Tomlinson when the Jets signed him. "But he's better than that."

The Bills, meantime, are playing well below even their own modest expectations. And the frustrations are beginning to show on a rebuilding team that's off to its third 0-4 start since 2001 and eighth overall.

"I'm calling out myself and I'm calling out my teammates," safety Donte Whitner said before expressing his anger further by using several profanities. "If we continue playing the way we've been playing, we're not going to get a win."

It looked that bad on both sides of the ball for Buffalo.

The defense allowed 444 yards, a week after allowing 445 -- including 200 yards rushing -- in a 38-30 loss to New England. Add in a 34-7 loss at Green Bay two weeks ago, and Buffalo's now allowed 30 or more points in three straight games for the first time since 2000.

The offense proved equally inept under Ryan Fitzpatrick, who made his second straight start, and first a week after the team cut former No. 1 quarterback Trent Edwards, who has since signed with Jacksonville.

Buffalo had 223 yards of offense -- or 50 fewer than the Jets had rushing. And Fitzpatrick finished with a team-best 74 yards rushing.

"We were a bad football team," first-year coach Chan Gailey said. "You play that way, you're not going to win. You're not going to look decent in this league. Today, we were awful."

Buffalo was so awful it managed 30 yards on its first four possessions, failed to register a first down on eight of 13 drives, and went 0-of-10 on third down.

Fitzpatrick threw touchdown passes to David Martin and Steve Johnson.

For the Jets, Mark Sanchez completed 14 of 24 passes for 161 yards and two scores, and has yet to throw an interception in 103 attempts this season. Brad Smith, out of the Wildcat formation, added a 3-yard touchdown pass to Keller, who has five TDs this season.

Shonn Greene added 117 yards rushing against a defense that surrendered a combined 567 yards rushing to the Jets in two games last season.

Sanchez was unsatisfied, still unhappy with how the Jets opened the season with a 10-9 loss to Baltimore.

"Even now, I think we still feel like we could be 4-0," Sanchez said. "It's frustrating. We still want that first game."

Ryan was already looking ahead to next week, when the Jets host Minnesota with what he expects to be a more complete roster.

Receiver Santonio Holmes is set to return after completing his four-game NFL suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Ryan also said there's a good chance cornerback Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and Calvin Pace (foot) will be healthy to play.

Game notes


Jets DE Shaun Ellis did not return after spraining his left knee in the third quarter, while S Eric Smith was sidelined with an illness. Ryan said he expects both to be fine. ... Bills rookie LB Arthur Moats will miss up to three weeks after hurting an elbow late in the fourth quarter, Gailey said. Backup CB Ashton Youboty hurt a leg. ... With 12,831 career yards rushing, Tomlinson opened the game 41 yards behind Dorsett on the NFL list. ... Tomlinson now has 141 touchdowns rushing, to move within 23 of Emmitt Smith. ... The Bills were without three defensive starters: DE Marcus Stroud (ankle), LB Andra Davis (shoulder) and CB Terrence McGee (knee). ... The Bills have allowed 150 or more yards rushing in 12 of their past 18 games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
BUF
1st Downs2512
Passing 1st downs
136
Rushing 1st downs
115
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
7-150-10
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays7546
Total Yards444223
Yards per play5.94.8
Total Drives1413
Passing171109
Comp-Att
16-2612-27
Yards per pass
6.63.6
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-03-19
Rushing273114
Rushing Attempts
4916
Yards per rush
5.67.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-52-2
Penalties4-303-32
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession40:2919:31

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Sanchez14/241616.7200-0
Brunell1/177.0000-0
BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Fitzpatrick12/271284.7203-19

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson191337.0226
Greene221175.3017
BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fitzpatrick77410.6022
Jackson3217.0012

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards48621.5141
Keller4287.0215
BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson47518.8037
Johnson33110.3113

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYJBUF
nyjTD10:45Ladainian Tomlinson 1 Yard Run (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 4:18
70
SECOND QUARTERNYJBUF
nyjFG6:49Nick Folk 19 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 18 plays, 87 yds, 9:21
100
nyjTD2:40Braylon Edwards 41 Yard Pass From Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 66 yds, 1:29
170
bufTD0:41David Martin 4 Yard Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 64 yds, 1:59
177
THIRD QUARTERNYJBUF
nyjTD6:17Dustin Keller 3 Yard Pass From Brad Smith (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 69 yds, 5:22
247
nyjTD4:42Dustin Keller 2 Yard Pass From Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 23 yds, 1:20
317
nyjTD2:47Ladainian Tomlinson 26 Yard Run (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 35 yds, 0:44
387
FOURTH QUARTERNYJBUF
bufTD9:14Steve Johnson 13 Yard Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 79 yds, 2:23
3814

Research Notes

LaDainian Tomlinson tied Jim Brown on the all-time list with his 25th game of at least 100 yards and two touchdowns.

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