Williams vs. Giacomini
The Jets thought they made a solid upgrade at right tackle in the offseason when they ditched Austin Howard, a 27-year-old with 32 career starts, in favor of Breno Giacomini, a 28-year-old with 33 career starts. They gave Giacomini $4.5 million a year. Giacomini is playing below average. Howard, who Oakland signed for $6 million a year, is starting at guard and playing below average. Howard did have a few respectable games against the Bills’ Mario Williams. Giacomini now has been manhandled twice by the Bills’ big defensive end. Williams had two sacks and three hurries in the game and forced Giacomini to make two false starts. In the first meeting with the Jets, Williams had a sack and four hurries on the Jets’ quarterbacks. Williams now has 12 sacks on the season and is one behind league leader Justin Houston of Kansas City.
Tight end sets vs. Jets’ D-line
The Bills’ game plan to run out of tight-end heavy sets worked. The Jets are tough to run against on first down. They entered the game allowing the second fewest yards in the NFL on first-and-10 situations (379). They were yielding only 3.41 yards a carry on first down. The Bills made fullback Frank Summers inactive to get an extra tight end in uniform. Buffalo used either two or three tight ends on 13 of their first 14 first-down plays. Those plays netted a healthy 4.14 yards per play. When Fred Jackson scored on a 5-yard run late in the third quarter, it gave the Bills 60 yards on 14 first-down carries, a 4.3-yard average. It didn’t hurt that Jets star Muhammad Wilkerson left the game in the second quarter with a toe injury. Nevertheless, the Bills’ strategy worked.
Woods vs. Walls
Robert Woods was sensational and made some tough catches that probably would have been hard to stop for any cornerback. Nevertheless, the Jets’ defensive secondary is weak, and Darrin Walls is not good enough. Woods had nine catches for 118 yards. Six of those catches for 100 yards came against Walls, who was undrafted and signed by the Jets as a street free agent in 2012. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the Jets at cornerback. Former No. 1 pick Dee Milliner went out with a torn Achilles tendon. Rookie third-rounder Dexter McDougle tore up his knee. Free-agent signee Dmitri Patterson went AWOL then was released. And the struggles of Kyle Wilson, a No. 1 pick in 2010, continue to haunt the Jets. If he were any good they wouldn’t need Walls. But Wilson has started just 1 of the last 27 games and is a bit player.