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Fitz gives Bills defense fits as Jets upend Buffalo 37-31

Posted at 12:00 AM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 08:00:00-04

For the first time in his coaching career Rex Ryan is 0-2 to start a season.

The Bills, playing Thursday night in primetime, lost 37-31 to the Jets.

When a team begins the season 0-2 there is a 10 percent chance that squad will make the postseason. 

The Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999 and it’s now an uphill battle as they not only fall to 0-2, but 0-2 in the AFC and 0-1 in the division.

Only four teams since 2009 have advanced to the playoffs after starting the year 0-2.  Carolina accomplished the feat in 2013, Indianapolis followed in 2014 while both Seattle and Houston started 0-2 and made the playoffs in 2015.

After falling flat Sunday against the Ravens, the Bills offense erupted for 393 total yards, but it was the Bills defense, namely the secondary, that came up short.

Ryan Fitzpatrick picked apart Stephan Gilmore and Ronald Darby as the Jets amassed 210 receiving yards in the first half as the Jets led 20-10 at halftime.

Fitzpatrick finished 24-of-24 for 374 yards and a touchdown.

Eric Decker led the air assault with 126 receiving yards, following by Brandon Marshall (101 yards), Quincy Enunwa (92 yards).

In total, the Bills surrendered 493 yards of total offense on Ryan's defense.

The Bills looked to gain momentum scoring on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor to Greg Salas to pull within 20-17 on the opening drive of the third quarter.  The defense found paydirt less than three minutes later on a fumble recovery and touchdown from Nickell Robey-Coleman early in the third quarter to give Buffalo a 24-20 lead.

The Jets then scored the next 17 points to put the game out of reach.

Matt Forte finished the night with 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Taylor, who looked to put the Bills in a position to retake the lead to start the fourth quarter trailing 27-24, threw an interception while trying to connect with Sammy Watkins.

The third year receiver, who was targeted just five times, finished with two catches for 20 yards in the loss.

The Bills also failed to convert on 4th and 1 in the fourth quarter, turning the ball over on downs.

Marquise Goodwin opened the scoring, hauling in an 84-yard touchdown in the first quarter on the Bills opening drive.

Buffalo host Arizona (1-0) on Sept. 25 at New Era Field.