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MONDAY BILLBOARD

Big Picture: - The Bills are out of first place in the AFC East, out of the undefeated ranks and, for 13 days, out of chances to redeem themselves for a shoddy performance in the Jersey Meadowlands.

Play of the Day: - On the last play of the first half, the Bills' pass coverage went to sleep when the Jets sent defensive back Marcus Coleman into the game as a wide receiver. With no time left, the 6-foot-2 Coleman leaped high in the back of the end zone to catch Vinny Testaverde's 45-yard touchdown pass above three shorter Buffalo defensive backs.

Play of the Day II: - Kevin Williams' 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter, a too-easy answer to the Bills' hard-earned first touchdown that came at the end of an 80-yard drive.

Player of the Game: - Jets' running back Curtis Martin. He didn't run wild, but he found a way to consistently gain yards against what may be the best anti-run de fense in the NFL.

Old-Time Football: - The Jets' draw play. Martin reached double figures on that device and gained yardage steadily.

Hit of the Game: - Jets' rookie John Abraham whacked Bills' kick returner Chris Watson with a spectacular open-field tackle in the first quarter.

Protecting Rob: - The enemy was kept away from Bills' quarterback Rob Johnson better than they have been all season, but the visitors found other ways to help the Jets.

Unsung Hero: - Tom Tupa, the Jets' punter, who often kept the Bills at bay when his team needed it the most.

Running for their Lives: - Shawn Bryson gave Buffalo its first semblance of a consistent running threat in the second half, averaging 5 yards on four carries. His best run, a 21-yard sweep to the Jets' 38, was rubbed out by an illegal formation penalty.

Absent Friends: - The Bills lost tight end Jay Riemersma, Johnson's red-zone meal ticket, with a knee injury in the first quarter. They lost rookie linebacker Corey Moore to a sprained ankle in the second. Moore started in place of the injured Sam Rogers. Jay Foreman was the third man at the weakside linebacker position.

Zebra Report: - Wade Phillips chal lenged two of the officials' calls on the field and lost both. If his coaches in the press box had better eyesight, they could have told him he had no chance in either case. That would have saved Buffalo two timeouts in the second half.

Autumn in New York: - OK, it's not autumn yet and both teams play in New Jersey, but this is the first time both the Jets and Giants opened a season 3-0.

Counting the House: - A sellout crowd of 77,884 was on hand.

Coming Attractions: - First the bye week, hopefully with some healing, then the Indianapolis Colts invade the Ralph.

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