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Gaughan's 10 Plays: Watkins caught from behind

1. Watkins gains 84, not 89. The Bills broke the game open in the second quarter after Sammy Watkins caught an 84-yard pass from Kyle Orton that should have been an 89-yard touchdown. Watkins’ premature celebration allowed Saalim Hakim to catch him from behind at the 5. The Bills scored two plays later to go ahead, 21-7. It was a rookie mistake, but let’s not be too hard on Watkins. He has not otherwise been a hot dog. The Bills burned a Jets blitz. Buffalo blocked up a five-man pressure, and Watkins blew by Darrin Walls on a go-route up the right seam of the field.

2. Smith falls apart. Here’s why good scouts earn their money. Geno Smith completed 71.2 percent of his passes his senior year of college. But his accuracy was partly a function of big college passing windows and the easy throws in West Virginia’s “Air Raid” offense. As an NFL player, Smith is only a 56.3 percent passer. He was wild on his last interception, a throw up the left seam for Eric Decker. The window was a bit tight, but Decker was open. The ball was 3 feet over his head. Aaron Williams intercepted and returned 26 yards to the Jets 1. The Bills made it 14-0.

3. Searcy’s INT. Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz dialed up a creative pressure on a third-and-9 situation late in the third quarter. The Bills had only three defensive linemen, but safety Duke Williams joined the rush as a fourth man. A Jets tight end gave Williams a chip block but did not slow him down, and Williams made a hit on Michael Vick. The throw was late, over the middle and high – the killer trifecta for a quarterback. Da’Norris Searcy made a diving pickoff and returned it 32 yards to the 14.

4. Woods whips Allen. It used to be the Jets could blitz and not worry about the back end. No more. Robert Woods beat Jets cornerback Antonio Allen on a skinny post for a 22-yard TD pass in the first quarter. The Jets sent five men at Kyle Orton. But unlike the days when Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie were living on an island, Allen got turned around by Woods’ fake. Allen was both a linebacker and a strong safety in college at South Carolina. He’s a “disaster” corner for the Jets.

5. Pryor gambles on Watkins. Jets rookie first-round draft pick Calvin Pryor is a big hitter who’s having a good rookie season. But Pryor’s aggressiveness got the better of him on Watkins’ 61-yard TD catch-and-run play in the fourth quarter. Watkins caught a quick slant against Darrin Walls, and Pryor went for a big hit instead of trying to make a safe tackle. Watkins was off to the races, and the Bills had a 43-17 lead.

6. Chandler’s TD. Once again, Allen was victimized. The Bills had a bunch left formation, with Woods, Chandler and Chris Hogan in a cluster. Chandler showed enough agility to get outside of Allen and caught an on-target throw from Orton straight up the seam for a 12-yard scoring play. It gave the Bills a 37-17 lead.

7. Smith sets rotten tone. Credit Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams with getting Smith off to a shaky start. Williams pushed guard Oday Aboushi back with a bull rush and then fell into the quarterback’s feet. That prevented Smith from stepping into a throw down the left sideline. The ball was way underthrown, and Stephon Gilmore made an easy interception. Aboushi was making only his third start.

8. Charles in charge. It was a long day for Aboushi. Bills backup defensive tackle Stefan Charles knocked the Jets’ left guard flat on his butt with a bull rush late in the third quarter and forced Vick to try to escape the pocket. Vick ran into the thigh of Bills defensive tackle Corbin Bryant, who was being double-teamed, and the ball popped loose. Charles recovered at the Jets’ 10, leading to a field goal that made it 30-17.

9. Vick gaffe causes fumble. Vick turned the wrong way on what was supposed to be a handoff to Chris Ivory, so he ran off left tackle and fumbled after a 5-yard gain. Nigel Bradham did a good job of chasing him down along the right sideline and was credited with forcing the fumble, but it looked like Corey Graham actually got a hand in to knock the ball out. Duke Williams recovered and the Bills got a field goal.

10. Carpenter pads lead. Dan Carpenter’s accuracy and long-range success continue to amaze for the Bills. His 53-yard field goal in the second quarter gave the Bills a 24-7 cushion. He now is 8 of 11 from 50 or more yards in his two seasons with the Bills, and he’s 50 of 55 overall for Buffalo. That’s the most accurate rate (91 percent) in team history. The 53-yarder tied for the ninth longest field goal in Bills history, and Carpenter already has three of the Bills’ 12 longest FGs ever.


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