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Jets-Bills: Third Quarter

Posted by Randy Lange on September 30, 2007 – 2:25 pm

The two QBs, the veteran Pennington and the rookie Edwards, combined for 27 completions on 33 attempts in the first half. And through the first seven minutes, neither missed. Trouble is, the Bills D-line is starting to win the trench warfare against the Jets’ O-line. On third-and-1, Thomas Jones is thrown for a 3-yard loss by LB Mario Haggan.

And then Edwards moves Buffalo to the Jets 5 with four completions. A false start barely hurts the Bills as rookie RB Marshawn Lynch powers up the middle — even with rookie LB David Harris in the game — to the goal line. The Bills have drawn first blood.

Bills 7, Jets 0

But Chad Pennington is up for the challenge. He hits Jerricho Cotchery with a pair of 28-yard touch passes, with Cotchery gaining 17 of those 56 yards after the catch. An illegal shift on Justin McCareins hurts but not too bad as Pennington finds Chris Baker for 11 yards to third-and-1 at the Bills 5. This time Chad spends a timeout — this is a big play if the Green & White doesn’t want to suffer a bad upset loss.

Apparently they don’t. The play call from OC Brian Schottenheimer is a fade from Pennington to Coles, and again Coles reels in the tough catch, taking it away from CB Terrence McGee and tumbling to the ground with the ball in the right corner of the end zone. Tie ballgame.

Jets 7, Bills 7

For Pennington that’s 14 consecutive completions. His one incompletion in that stretch, an incompletion to Leon Washington, was wiped out by D’Brickashaw’s holding penalty. That ties his personal best of 14 in a row in the 2003 regular-season finale at Miami.

But Edwards appears up to matching drive engineering and completions with Pennington as he leads the Bills from their 8 after a kickoff-return hold toward midfield as the third quarter expires.

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4 Responses to “Jets-Bills: Third Quarter”

  1. By JP on Sep 30, 2007 | Reply

    JETS clearly should have won this game. No pass rush whatsover. Chad statistically had an excellent game until those (2) horrible interceptions. – last rushed pass should not have been thrown. This offense cannot move the ball fast enough, and too many short passes. All defenses have to do is stay close to the line and stuff Thomas Jones and then stop those 7 yard passes. TJ was good.

  2. By Jeremy on Sep 30, 2007 | Reply

    How do you let the Bills with a rookie QB from Stanford pick apart the D like that? This is pathetic! I can’t even watch our defense play anymore, we need to get rid of Sutton! It’s not like we don’t have playmakers on D, with the exception of Robertson who’s dead weight at NT. The guy hasn’t done anything in two years. Sutton and Robertson need to get on the train out of NY!!

  3. By KING on Oct 1, 2007 | Reply

    earlier i predicted 6-10 record that doesn’t even look attainable.still know pass rush,made this guy look like marino……all you chad lovers you can have him.3- 5-7-yard passes make me sick and then those two balloons…bring in clemens can’t get any worse

  4. By Phillip on Oct 1, 2007 | Reply

    Chad’s stats don’t show the real problem with the offense, without a running game you could throw short 5-7 yard passes to use as a supplement to running the ball but the jets got thomas this year for that. take those passes out the ply calling, line up and use the run as your identity then you could throw. this team was not built for a quarterback that can’t throw a good quik slant or out route.

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