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Mark Gaughan’s Matchup Winners: Bills 43, Jets 23

Kyle Orton vs. Geno Smith

The Jets’ second-year quarterback gives new meaning to the phrase “turnover machine.” Just when the Jets thought Smith was turning the corner on his turnover ways, he took a great leap backward. The Jets were encouraged over the fact Smith had only thrown two interceptions in the previous three games. But he threw three of his first eight passes to the Bills. Let’s sum up Smith’s career: 24 starts, 19 TD passes, 31 interceptions, six fumbles lost. That’s 37 turnovers or 1.54 a game. Meaningless stat: In college, Smith threw only 21 INTs in 39 games.

Meanwhile, Orton protected the ball and completed 59 percent of his passes for 238 yards. That’s remarkably good compared with the usual Bills output vs. Rex Ryan. In the previous nine games against the Jets, Bills QBs completed 50 percent of their passes for an average of 189 yards a game.

Jets DL vs. Bills RBs

Let’s give some credit to the Jets’ two defensive monsters, Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson. Thanks to the Bills’ turnover-creating defense, the Bills were able to play a close-to-the vest offense. It was a good thing, because had the Bills been in a tight contest, their offense could have become one-dimensional. Anthony Dixon managed just 44 yards on 22 carries, and the Bills finished with 67 rushing yards on 32 attempts. Richardson, who beat out Kiko Alonso for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, had nine tackles and a half a sack. Richardson beat Erik Pears for an 8-yard sack (shared by Wilkerson) in the second quarter, and he stuffed Dixon for a 2-yard loss at the Jets’ 11 to force a third-quarter field goal. Because the Bills were playing from ahead, Rex Ryan’s blitzes produced only one sack in the game. Seantrel Henderson had some good pass protections against Wilkerson.

Bills receivers vs. Jet CBs

It’s a testament to how good the Jets’ defensive front is that the team entered the game ranked 15th against the pass. With a mediocre front, the Jets would be 30th against the pass. Starting corner Darrin Walls was undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2011. This is his first year as a starter. Antonio Allen was viewed as a safety, not a corner, by most when he entered the league as a seventh-round pick in 2012.

Walls was beaten by Sammy Watkins three times – on the 84-yard-long bomb, a 12-yard reception and the 61-yard catch-and-run for a TD. Allen was beaten by Robert Woods for a 22-yard TD catch and by Scott Chandler for a 12-yard TD catch. Allen was victimized by Green Bay, San Diego and New England this season. Meanwhile, the fact former first-round pick Kyle Wilson isn’t more of an impact player continues to hinder the Jets.

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