The Buffalo Bills blew up their MetLife Stadium "mini-curse" Sunday with a 43-23 rout of the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Bills were 0-5 in the stadium since it opened in 2010, and they were just 3-7 against Jets coach Rex Ryan.
But all those trends evaporated in a flurry of turnovers. The Bills got six takeaways from the Jets, the most in a Bills game since 2009.
* How about some praise for Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz? The Bills have routinely been run over by Ryan’s running game over the years. Schwartz has done a much better job of coordinating the Bills’ overall defense than Mike Pettine did last year. Pettine was good. Schwartz has been better.
* This may well be the end of the Geno Smith “era” for the Jets. The second-year QB, who the Bills passed up in the 2013 draft in favor of EJ Manuel, was dreadful, throwing interceptions on three of the Jets’ first 11 plays from scrimmage. Smith now has 37 turnovers in 24 NFL games. He has 31 interceptions and 19 TD passes. And he has lost six fumbles. Smith was removed in favor of Michael Vick after the third pickoff.
* The Jets’ front seven is as awesome as ever. Buffalo managed just 49 rushing yards. But New York’s secondary is far from the dominant unit that used to be led by Darrelle Revis. New York gave up 157 receiving yards on just three catches to Sammy Watkins.
* Watkins made a rookie mistake by celebrating too early on his 84-yard catch in the second quarter. He was chased down at the Jets’ 5, and the Bills scored two plays later. Live and learn. It was a mistake. But Watkins has not been doing much, if any, rookie hot-dogging this year. He came back and caught a 61-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. Watkins knows he was wrong. Fans don’t need to come down too hard on him for the boo-boo.
* The Bills are 5-3 going into their bye. It seems like forever since the Bills have entered their bye with a good taste in their mouths.