Tomlinson rebirth complete as Jets pound awful Bills 38-14


If there was any question about the rebirth of Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson, those questions should now be put to rest.

Sunday against a Bills team that is clearly one of, if not the worst in the NFL, L.T. ran for 133 yards and two TD’s as the Jets routed Buffalo 38-14 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

“I know what age I am. It doesn’t mean I can’t play,” Tomlinson said. “I never lost confidence. I always knew I could do it. It was just about having an opportunity.”

Buffalo is now 0-4, and going backwards. They showed some fight in New England last week against the Pats, but followed up that performance with an outing that was showered with boo’s and empty seats by their home fans.

At least Bills coach Chan Gailey isn’t afraid to say exactly what he thinks about his pretty bad club.

“We were a bad football team,” he said. “When we protected we couldn’t catch it. We couldn’t protect. We had people going in the wrong spots, getting to the wrong people. We couldn’t get off the field on third down. We couldn’t convert a third down and we were not good on special teams. We turned the ball over twice and didn’t get any turnovers. We got sacked three times and we didn’t get any sacks. You play that way and you’re not going to win. You’re not even going to look decent in this league.”

The Jets showed why the Bills are not decent, exposing their soft run defense, and getting to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for three sacks for negative 19 yards. The Jets outgained the Bills 444 to 223, and New York had 24 first downs to 12 for the Bills.

“I’m calling out myself and I’m calling out my teammates,” safety Donte Whitner said before dropping a number of profanities. “If we continue playing the way we’ve been playing, we’re not going to get a win.”

That may be tough to think about, but watching the Bills these past four weeks has tested even the more dire Bills fans, and even former players. Longtime LB Darryl Talley tweeted that this 2010 Bills team could be worse than the Bills team in 1984. That team, which Talley played on, went 2-14.

Buffalo has scored just 61 points in four games (15.2 per game), and have allowed 125 points (31.2 per game). Unless they get a number of things straight in a hurry, this team truly could be one of if not the worst in Buffalo history, and the Bills could be staring at the #1 pick in April’s draft.


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