Big Picture: - The Buffalo Bills who most expected to see surfaced at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday night. A stout defense and a ball-control offense resulted in a 17-3 victory over the New York Jets. This was a far cry from the dismal show ing of a week ago as the Bills were in control almost from the start. The win keeps Buffalo (1-1) from falling to 0-2 in the AFC East. It also puts the Jets in a hole they may never recover from.
Player of the Game: - Running back Antowain Smith wanted the ball and he got it. He finished with 30 carries for 113 yards, the fifth 100-yard game of his career. More important, Smith ran with authority and gave an indication that his groin may finally be healed.
Play of the Game: - Quarterback Doug Flutie showed there's plenty of life in those 36-year-old legs, darting through the Jets defense for a 24-yard touchdown run that gave the Bills a commanding 14-0 lead in the third quarter.
Defense Makes A Stand: - Not to be overlooked was the play made by nose tackle Ted Washington, who collapsed the interior of the Jets' offensive line to stuff fullback Jerald Sowell on fourth-and-goal at the 1. Instead of facing a 7-0 deficit, the Bills used the momentum to drive 99 yards for the go-ahead score before half time.
Game Balls: - Washington, running back Thurman Thomas, the offensive line.
Unsung Hero: - The Bills' offensive line answered its critics with a dominating performance. Unlike last week, the line plowed open holes for the running game and gave Flutie plenty of time to throw.
Hit of the Day: - Flutie cut down Jets linebacker Mo Lewis with a great body block to spring Antowain Smith for a 12- yard run to the Jets' 1-yard line. Smith scored on the next play.
Stat of the Day: - Flutie's 67 yards rushing was just seven short of what the Jets accumulated as a team. The Bills finished with 224 yards on the ground, com pared to the Jets' 74.
Zebra Report I: - Mirer was given a timeout on fourth-and-goal even though the back judge threw a flag for delay of game in the second quarter. Luckily for the Bills, the defense made a goal-line stand.< Zebra Report II: - Smith appeared to score a touchdown late in the first half, but officials ruled he stepped out of bounds at the 1. Replays seemed to indicate otherwise, but the play was not reviewed.
Best Sign: - "You survived (Hurricane) Floyd. You won't survive Flutie."
Best Sign II: - "More Shameless Self- Promotion to get on National TV."
Quotable: - "I don't know what the solution is right at this moment. I really don't. Hopefully, we can get back and do better than that. If not, it's going to be a long year." --Jets coach Bill Parcells.
Counting the House: - Although all 73,840 seats were sold, 68,839 attended Sunday's contest.
Coming Attractions: - The Bills have a chance to really build some momentum Sunday when the hapless Philadelphia Eagles (0-2) come to town.