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Buffalo Bills (6-7) at New York Jets (8-5)
Given the Jets circumstances over the past two weeks and the tight race in the AFC
East, the Jets find themselves in a must-win situation with only three games left in the regular season.
For the Jets, the goal is easy. Win their three remaining games (Bills, at Seahawks, Dolphins) in the regular season
and the Jets win the AFC East. A loss to the Buffalo Bills would all but eliminate the Jets playoff hopes this season.
A loss to the Bills would deal such a psychological blow from which the Jets may not be able to recover from.
Bill - Jets Series
The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets meet for the 96th time in regular season play. The Bills lead the series with
an overall record of 52-43. The Bills have won three of the last four games of the series, including the last two
meetings between Buffalo and New York at the Meadowlands.
Last year in New York, the Bills grabbed a 13-3 victory, led by WR Lee Evans 138 yards receiving. Evans also recorded the
game's only touchdown on an 85-yard pass from QB J.P. Losman with 3:38 to go in the game.
The Buffalo Bills drew to within a touchdown of the New York Jets early in the fourth quarter, but could not get
over the hump, as they lost 26-17 at home.
Buffalo QB Trent Edwards threw for a career-high 289 yards in the loss, with one touchdown and two interceptions. After
the Jets scored a field goal just 1:47 into the game, Edwards led the Bills on a 57-yard touchdown drive that ended with
a nine-yard pass to rookie TE Derek Fine, who was wide open in the end zone. The reception was the first of Fine’s career,
and he ended the day with four catches for 43 yards.
After allowing the Buffalo touchdown, the Jets scored the contest’s next 13 points to go ahead 16-7. Buffalo K Rian
Lindell drew the Bills back within six when he hit a 53-yard field goal near the end of the third quarter, which was his
longest of the year and just one yard shy of his career-long.
After the Jets scored to take a 23-10 lead, cornerback Jabari Greer intercepted Brett Favre for 42-yard interception
return touchdown. On the play, Favre threw short left, intended for WR Jericho Cotchery, and Greer cut in front, snagged
the ball, and sprinted down the Jets sideline for the score.
New York responded with a methodical 14-play, 65-yard drive that took 8:41 off of the clock. Jets K Jay Feely
converted a 31-yard field goal to put the Jets up by two scores with 2:12 to go in the game. A last gasp drive by
the Bills ended in an Edwards interception in the end zone.
NFL 2008 Week 14: San Francisco 49ers 24, New York Jets 14
49ers QB Shaun Hill passed for 285 yards and threw two touchdown passes to lead San Francisco to a 24-14 victory over
the New York Jets.
The 49ers defense held the Jets to 10 first downs and 182 total yards, while the 49ers offense controlled the ball
for 39:49 compared to the Jets 20:11.
QB Brett Favre had only 137 yards passing with no touchdowns and one interception.
The 49ers set the tone early for how they planned on playing the game when they won the coin toss and
attempted an onsides kick to open the game. Even though the bold move failed, the 49ers defense held the Jets on
Also, two times the 49ers elected to go for the first down on a fourth-down play.
San Francisco converted one in the second quarter on a run by RB Frank Gore, and then in the third quarter when
they forced the Jets to jump on a hard count by Hill. PK Joe Nedney nailed a 32-yard field goal early in the
fourth quarter to break a 14-14 tie and then with 6:05 left in regulation WR Bryant Johnson made a diving reception
in the end zone on a three-yard pass from Hill to put the 49ers in front, 24-14.
The 49ers first scoring drive came about when T Joe Staley recovered a fumble following a WR Jason Hill reception
in the end zone.
Favre scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7.
The 49ers responded on the next drive when Hill converted three third-downs and a fourth-down before connecting
with Gore on a two-yard touchdown pass on third-and-seven to give the 49ers a 14-7 lead with 39 seconds to
play in the fi rst half. The Jets tied the game at 14-14 in the third quarter after taking advantage of a Hill
interception that allowed the Jets to begin a drive at the San Francisco 45-yard line.
It took the Jets just three plays to reach the end zone when RB Thomas Jones scored on a 17-yard run. The 49ers
responded on the next series with a 12-play drive that ended with a Nedney field goal to give the 49ers a 17-14
lead early in the 4th quarter.
NFL 2008 Week 14: Miami Dolphins 16, Buffalo Bills 3
The Buffalo Bills came away from the first-ever NFL game played in Canada with only three points
and yet another loss.
For the second consecutive week, the Bills offense could only muster a single field
goal as the Bills lost to the Miami Dolphins 16-3. For the Bills, it was their second
straight loss to the Dolphins, and their fourth loss this year to an AFC East rival.
The Dolphins scored first with a 20-yard touchdown pass from QB Chad Pennington to TE Anthony Fasano
midway through the first quarter. However, the Bills responded on their very next possession with
a nine-play, 40-yard drive that ended with a 40-yard Rian Lindell field goal.
In the first half, the Dolphins held a near 2-to-1 edge in time
of possession and a 13-3 edge on the scoreboard.
The Bills had their best shot at a TD near the end of the third quarter,
when QB J.P. Losman drove the Bills to the Miami three yard line.
Losman lofted a fade pass into the end zone intended for WR Lee Evans. The ball
was intercepted by Dolphins CB Will Allen. The Dolphins would add another field goal for the eventual
That would be all for the Buffalo offense, as their three fourth quarter possessions ended with a
punt, a turnover on downs, and a fumble.
Jet's Jones Tabbed as AFC's Offensive Player of the Month for November
Jets running back Thomas Jones was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November.
Jones finished the month leading the AFC in rushing yards (556) and rushing touchdowns (7)
as the Jets posted a 4-1 record in November, including three road wins at Buffalo, New England and
Thomas Jones averaged 111.2 rush yards per game in November and posted three 100-yard games (149, 104, 138)
during the month. Against the Cardinals (11/9/2008), Jones scored a career high three rushing touchdowns and
totaled his best rushing total of the month with 149 yards. Jones closed out the month against the Broncos
(11/30/2008) gaining 138 rushing yards and reached the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season
(second with Jets).
Jones also added 13 receptions for 95 receiving yards (7.3 average) with one touchdown in November.
This is Thomas Jones' first career Player of the Month Award. He is the first Jets player to win Offensive
Player of the Month since Laveranues Coles (September, 2006) and the first Jets running back to win
the award since Curtis Martin (September 2000).
Thomas Jones leads the AFC in rushing with 1,144 yards so far this NFL 2008 season with a career-high 14 touchdowns
(12 on the ground), both tying Jets season records. The Jets are 7-2 this season when Jones scores a touchdown and
he has scored in seven consecutive games, tying a Jets franchise record.
Jones is the 49th running back to surpass 7,000 career rushing yards (7,647).
BUFFALO BILLS (6-7)
Bills QB TRENT EDWARDS leads the AFC with 108.6 passer rating in 4th quarter. THe Bills are 9-1 (.900) when Edwards
has 80 or more passer rating. For his career vs. New York Jets., QB J.P. LOSMAN has completed 35 of 58 passes (60.3 pct.)
for 598 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT & 111.1 passer rating
RB MARSHAWN LYNCH is averaging 90.8 rush yards per game
in past 4. Lynch (875) needs 125 yards to reach 1,000 for 2nd consecutive season (1,115 in 2007)
WR LEE EVANS
(913) needs 87 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for 2nd time in career (1,292 in 2006). Evans has receiving in 75 of 77
career games. Evans averages 114.5 receiving yards per game in past 2 at Jets & aims for 3rd consecutive game with TD
receiving at New York Jets
TE ROBERT ROYAL has career-high in receiving (29) & receiving yards (308) in 2008
Rookie CB-KR LEODIS MC KELVIN (1st round, No.11) ranks 1st in NFL with 29.4 KR avg
CB TERRENCE MC GEE has
2 INTs in past 3 against New York Jets
NEW YORK JETS (8-5)
The Jets have won 3 of their past 4 at home
In 2008 against AFC East division rivals, QB BRETT FAVRE is 3-1 (.750) & has completed 78 of 109 passes (71.6 pct.)
for 834 yards with 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 101.2 passer rating. Including postseason, Favre's teams are 97-8 (.924) when he
posts 100 or better rating
RB THOMAS JONES leads the AFC in rushing (1,144 rush yards) & is averaging 108.6 rush
yards per game over past 4 games (543 total). Jones aims for his 8th consecutive game with a TD. Jones (12) needs 1 rush
TD to surpass CURTIS MARTIN (12 in 2004) for most single-season rushing TDs in Jets franchise history. Jones has 14 TDs (12
rush, 2 receiving) & needs 1 TD to set Jets record for most TDs in season (3 other Jets are tied at 14). RB LEON WASHINGTON
has 4 TDs in past 4 games (2 rush, 1 receiving, 1 kick return)
WR LAVERANUES COLES (7,865) needs 135 receiving yards to reach 8,000
Rookie TE DUSTIN KELLER (1st
round, No. 30) has 21 1st-down receptions over past 5 games
LB CALVIN PACE (5) needs 2 sacks to surpass
career-high (6.5 in 2007 with Cardinals)
CB DARRELLE REVIS aims for 3rd consecutive game with INT vs. Bills.
PREDICTION: New York Jets 27 Buffalo Bills 10
The key question for this game and the remainder of the season is who are the real Jets. Were the victories over the
Patriots and Titans merely an aberration? Are the real Jets the team that lost to the Broncos and 49ers?
After the Jets victory over the Titans, the New York media and fan base were talking a potential Jets-Giants Super Bowl.
Conversations over the air waves and in print even delved into having the Super Bowl moved to the Meadowlands.
Now, Jets fans are wondering if their team will even make the playoffs.
Maybe, a Jets-Giants Super Bowl danced around in the minds of the players. Maybe, the team lost its focus. However,
one thing is for sure, the Jets streak in October and especially November was for real. The Jets are a real team that's
been in a funk the past two weeks.
If the Jets play to win -- win being the operative word -- the leave the Meadowlands on Sunday with an easy 27-10 victory.
Conversely, if the Jets play not to lose, then their season is over.
Expect the Jets to come out of their funk and get back on track for the playoffs.
RELATED NFL 2008 Week 15
Mad Dash to the Playoffs as NFL 2008 Season Enters Its Final 3 Weeks
The final three weeks of the NFL 2008 season are upon us, and aside from the division-winning Arizona Cardinals (8-5),
New York Giants (11-2) and Tennessee Titans (12-1), it's a mad dash for the nine remaining playoff spots among the 19 teams still
eligible. There will be twists and turns in the remaining 3 weeks of the NFL 2008 regular season.
Saints Face Bears and Chicago's December Chill
The big question is whether Quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints top-ranked NFL passing offense can perform up to
its explosive level outdoors in the December chill of the Chicago night. The New Orleans Saints utilized a more
balanced run / pass attack last week in topping the Atlanta Falcons 29-25.
Giants & Cowboys Look to Get Back to Their Winning Ways
The NFC East champion New York Giants (11-2) look to clinch a first round playoff bye as they visit the
Dallas Cowboys (8-5) in Texas Stadium on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys need to keep winning to insure a playoff berth as they hang on to
the last playoff spot in the NFC. The Giants are 5-1 on the road this season, and the Dallas Cowboys are 5-1 at home.
AFC North Division Rivals Set for Defensive Battle
NFL 2008 Week 15 presents one of the most heated rivalries in the NFL between two AFC North division foes as the
Steelers travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens this Sunday. On paper, this AFC North match-up should be one intense
defensive battle. Pittsburgh enters the contest ranked No. 1, while the Ravens are No. 2.
Real-Deal Panthers Set to Expose Broncos at Home
The AFC West-leading Broncos (8-5) face the NFC South-leading Panthers (10-3) in Week 15. Denver heads to Carolina
sporting a 3-game road winning streak and winners of 4 of their last 5. The Panthers come off their most
impressive victory of the season proving they are the real-deal this season.
No Place Like Home in the NFC South
Falcons host Buccaneers in Make-or-Break Game
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons look to rebound after both lost on the road last week to NFC South Division rivals.
Both teams are in need of this win to maintain their standing in the NFC Wildcard race and perhaps the NFC South Divsion Title.
NFC Division Leading Vikings & Cardinals Clash in Desert
This Sunday's game is a match-up of first-place teams with 8-5 records as the Vikings visit the Cardinals in Arizona.
The Minnesota Vikings have a one-game lead on Chicago in the NFC North. The Cardinals are the NFC West champions.
NFL Playoff Races Intensify as Season Enters Final 3 Weeks
NFL 2008 Weekend 15 - Playoff Races, Playoff Scenarios & Strength of Schedule
With three weeks remaining in the regular season only 3 teams have clinched playoff spots while the race to make the
playoffs is even tighter.
NFL 2008 Week 14 was a week in which three teams clinched NFL playoff spots. The Tennessee Titans (12-1) clinched the
AFC South by defeating the Cleveland Browns 28-9. The Arizona Cardinals won the NFC West by winning 34-10 over the Saint
Louis Rams. And even though, they lost to the Eagles 2-14, the Giants clinched the NFC East by virtue of the Dallas Cowboys
20-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
NFL 1958 Championship: Giants vs Colts
The Greatest NFL Game Ever Played
50th Anniversary of the Greatest NFL Game Ever Played: 1958 NFL Championship at Yankee Stadium
Fifty years ago this December 28, 2008, what would become known as "The Greatest Game every Played" took
place -– the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants at Yankee
Stadium in New York City.
And when Colts fullback ALAN AMECHE burst through a hole
for a one-yard touchdown with 6:45 left in overtime (left) – at 4:51 on a foggy, drizzly day –
he took the National Football League with him into a new era.
NFL 2008 WEEK 14 SCHEDULE
(All times local)
Thursday, December 4
Oakland at San Diego, 5:00 PM (NFLN)
Sunday, December 7
Miami at Buffalo (Toronto), 4:05 PM
Kansas City at Denver, 2:05 PM
N.Y. Jets at San Francisco, 1:05 PM
Jacksonville at Chicago, 12:00 PM
New England at Seattle, 1:05 PM
Minnesota at Detroit, 1:00 PM
St. Louis at Arizona, 2:15 PM
Houston at Green Bay, 12:00 PM
Dallas at Pittsburgh, 4:15 PM
Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM
Atlanta at New Orleans, 12:00 PM
Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, 1:00 PM
Cleveland at Tennessee, 12:00 PM
Washington at Baltimore, 8:15 PM (NBC)
Monday, December 8
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 8:30 PM (ESPN)
NFL 2008 WEEK 13 RESULTS – NOVEMBER 27, 30- DECEMBER 1
(Home team in CAPS)
Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 27, 2008)
Tennessee Titans 47 DETROIT LIONS 10
DALLAS COWBOYS 34 Seattle Seahawks 9
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 48 Arizona Cardinals 20
Sunday, November 30
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 23 New Orleans Saints 20
N.Y. Giants 23 WASHINGTON REDSKINS 7
Atlanta Falcons 22 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 16
Pittsburgh Steelers 33 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 10
Denver Broncos 34 N.Y. JETS 17
San Francisco 49ers 10 BUFFALO BILLS 3
Kansas City Chiefs 20 OAKLAND RAIDERS 13
Baltimore Ravens 34 CINCINNATI BENGALS 3
MINNESOTA VIKINGS 34 Chicago Bears 14
Indianapolis Colts 10 CLEVELAND BROWNS 6
Carolina Panthers 35 GREEN BAY PACKERS 31
Miami Dolphins 16 SAINT LOUIS RAMS 12
Monday, December 1
HOUSTON TEXANS 30 Jacksonville Jaguars 17