Jets beaten by Ryan's Bills, squander playoff berth
(The Sports Xchange) - Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills made sure the New York Jets would not make the playoffs without him.
The Bills built an early lead and thwarted the Jets' comeback effort with three fourth-quarter interceptions to win 22-17 on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Jets (10-6). Combined with the Pittsburgh Steelers' win in Cleveland, it prevented New York from making the playoffs for the first time since 2010, the second of Ryan's six seasons coaching the Jets.
"I got a lot of friends over there and I want them to be successful," Ryan said. "But not at my expense."
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor completed 18 of 28 passes and led the Bills in rushing with 52 yards and a touchdown.
Rookie running back Karlos Williams also rushed for a touchdown, and kicker Dan Carpenter made all three of his field-goal attempts as the Bills won their second straight game since being eliminated from playoff contention.
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins eluded Jets' cornerback Darrelle Revis to make a career-high 11 receptions for 136 yards.
Buffalo dominated time of possession with a season-high 39:13 to the Jets' season-low 20:47. The Bills were 9-for-20 on third downs and converted two fourth downs against a Jets defense that entered the game ranked third in the NFL in third-down defense. Meanwhile, the Jets were 3-for-11 on third down.
"We knew this was going to be a fight and they were going to give us their best shot," Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "We weren't going to be able to walk on the field and have them bow down to us." Continued...