Big Picture: The Buffalo Bills aren't quite on a roll yet, but they're going in the right direction. The Bills' 22-17 victory over the New York Jets in Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday was their third in four games after they started 0-4. Drew Bledsoe made it through a second straight game without throwing an interception or getting sacked. Willis McGahee gained 132 yards on 37 carries and scored a touchdown. This is what the Bills had hoped for when the season began. Better late than never.
Play of the Game: Bledsoe scrambled for 17 yards to the Jets' 27-yard line to keep a key drive going in the third quarter. Six plays later, he threw a great touch pass in the corner to Lee Evans for a touchdown, and the Bills had the lead for good.
O-Line, A-Plus: The Bills' offensive line turned in its best performance this season. Backup center Ross Tucker played well at left guard. Center Trey Teague came back from a leg injury and didn't miss a beat. Marcus Price was solid after Mike Williams suffered a neck injury in the third quarter.
Game Balls: The Bills will distribute them this week, but we give them to Jonas Jennings on offense and Chris Kelsay on defense.
Zebra Report: The officials had a relatively easy game, but they might have blown a call on Evans' 27-yard reception with 2 1/2 minutes remaining. It appeared Evans failed to get both feet inbounds but was credited with the catch. The Jets couldn't review the play because they had exhausted their three timeouts. Game over.
Windy Wonderland: Brian Moorman has handled breezy conditions better than anybody for the last three home games, but even he had problems Sunday. The wind pushed the nose of the ball down on his first punt, forcing an end-over-end 31-yarder. Hey, the guy's human. Moorman pinned the Jets at the 1 in the fourth quarter with a dandy into the wind, setting up a safety that gave the Bills a 22-10 lead.
Wrong Gear Greer: It might have made sense if the Bills attempted to use cornerback Terrence McGee on offense because he's a proven threat. Instead, they handed a reverse in the second quarter to . . . backup cornerback Jabari Greer? The Bills went in reverse all right. Greer took a 6-yard loss.
Time bomb: The Bills surrendered an opportunity for a touchdown in the first half when they elected to run the clock down to four seconds rather than run a quick pass on third down with the ball at the 2. They had enough time for another play but took Rian Lindell's 20-yard field goal.
Counting the House: Paid attendance was 72,574 on a sunny, blustery day at The Ralph.
Coming attractions: The Bills visit the New England Patriots on Sunday night. The improved Bills could give the Pats a game this time. New England won the first game, 31-17, on Oct. 3.
GRADING THE BILLS
(A): Willis wore them down. He had 132 yards, and 81 came in second half. Blockers won the trench against tough Jets defense.
(B-plus): No sacks, no interceptions for second straight game. Shazam. Moulds and Evans were a tough WR combination.
(A-plus): Fletcher & Clements forced early fumble. DTs clogged middle. LBs and Milloy strung out sweeps. These guys are rugged.
(C): Chad is tough to sack, but Bills kept heat on. Great job on third downs, Jets were 2 of 10. McGee was burned to crisp.
(B): Bills had four penalties on returns. Long snaps were not perfect. But Moorman's coffin corner punt set up safety.
(B): Good call to go for it at Jets' 12. Botched clock at end of half. Defense starred. Offense rebounded from first meeting.
GRADING THE JETS
(C-minus): Martin held to 21 yards on nine carries in second half, 67 yards overall. Jets couldn't stay on field in second half.
(C): Moss had giant day with 157 yards. But Pennington threw key INT and was harassed much of day. Tight ends were bad.
(C): Vilma was all over field in first half. He had 15 tackles. But Gang Green cracked under force of big-back attack.
(C-minus): Front four didn't dominate. Ends blocked by Jennings, Williams, Price. Didn't bring heavy blitzes. No picks.
(C): Brien had only second FG miss of season. It was from 36 with wind. Coverage wasn't bad. Returns were ordinary.
(C): Too many penalties in first half. Offense a bit too conservative against tough defense. Didn't design effective blitzes.