Bills beat Jets on Ryan's return

Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:03am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Rex Ryan's homecoming was a victorious one -- barely.

The Buffalo Bills raced out to a 19-point third quarter lead on Thursday before withstanding a furious rally by the New York Jets to hang on for a 22-17 victory at MetLife Stadium.

The Bills won their second in a row to improve to 5-4 and moved into the thick of the AFC wild card picture in their first year under Ryan, who coached the Jets from 2009-14.

The Jets (5-4) have lost three of four.

The Bills led 12-3 at the half and extended the lead to 22-3 in the first seven minutes of the third quarter when quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to running back Karlos Williams and kicker Dan Carpenter booted a 29-yard field goal.

But the Jets pulled within five on a pair of touchdown passes by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick -- a 14-yarder to Brandon Marshall late in the third quarter and a 31-yarder to Eric Decker midway through the fourth quarter.

The Bills went three-and-out on their next possession and prepared to punt from their own 28-yard-line. But punter Colton Schmidt dropped the snap and was swallowed up by several Jets as he recovered it at the Bills' 13-yard-line with 5:12 left.

But the Jets could not take advantage.

Running back Chris Ivory gained eight yards on first down before losing a yard on second down. A short pass to Decker lost a yard on third down and Fitzpatrick's fourth down pass into the end zone sailed over the head of tight end Kellen Davis.   Continued...

Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan just before opening kickoff against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports