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Vic Carucci's X's and O's: Bills' rush contributes heavily to interceptions

It would be easy to dismiss all of the four interceptions that Geno Smith and Michael Vick threw against the Buffalo Bills Sunday to the combined incompetence of the New York Jets' quarterbacks.

It also would be incorrect.

Granted, Smith and Vick performed terribly, and that went a long way toward helping the Bills to exit MetLife Stadium with a 43-23 victory.

But when you take a closer look at Smith's three interceptions and the one Vick threw (in addition to two fumbles), you see that the Bills' defense had plenty to do with them -- and not merely because of the defenders who caught the errant throws.

The Bills' pass rush made a significant contribution as well.

The all-22 coaches' video of the game shows three clear instances where Buffalo's ferocious pass rush, which has generated an NFL-leading 28 sacks, was involved with forcing the quarterbacks to deliver passes that were ripe to be picked off.

Let's start with a screenshot of Smith's first interception, which cornerback Stephon Gilmore made with 8:33 left in the first quarter. You can see that defensive tackle Kyle Williams, while bull-rushing guard Oday Aboushi, ends up falling at Smith's feet, thus preventing him to step into his throw.

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In the next screenshot, Smith is receiving plenty of pressure from his left from end Jerry Hughes and Williams. As a result, he hurries the throw that ends up being intercepted by linebacker Preston Brown with 6:13 left in the first quarter.

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Finally, there is Vick's interception, the Jets' fourth of the game. He is clearly hurried on this throw on a blitz by safety Duke Williams, who only gets a cursory block before flying cleanly into the quarterback. Vick ends up being intercepted by Leodis McKelvin with 7:10 left in the game.

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