Mercifully, as far as the Buffalo Bills are concerned, the first half has come to a close and the Bills trail the New York Jets 3-0.
The Jets have dominated virtually every statistical category in the first half. They have 11 first downs, held time of possession for 20:47. New York has rushed for 62 yards while Mark Sanchez has thrown for 137 yards. Shonn Greene leads the Jets with 52 rushing yards and Plaxico Burress lead all New York receivers with three catches for 47 yards.
On the flip side, it’s been a dismal and flat out boring half of football for the Bills on offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s struggles against the Jets continue. Fitzpatrick is 4-of-12 for 24 yards and two interceptions. He’s averaging 2 yards per pass play. Buffalo has just three first downs and held the football for only 9:13. The lone brightspot on offense has been Fred Jackson. Jackson has rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries. The Bills have been outgained by the Jets in the first half 191-73.
So far, it’s been a sloppy first half for both teams. The Bills and Jets have each turned the ball over twice and both quarterbacks are responsible for the turnovers. Fitzpatrick has thrown two picks and Sanchez has thrown an interception and lost a fumble. Jairus Byrd has the interception for Buffalo and Marcell Dareus recovered the Sanchez fumble.
Well, it’s pretty evident that Buffalo has a long way to go to regroup at the half. Other than handing the ball off to Fred Jackson, absolutely nothing in the passing game worked. Stevie Johnson was held without a catch and only three Bills players have recorded catches. Chan Gailey has got to find other ways and answers to pump some life into Buffalo’s passing game because it looks like it’s on life support right now. Fitzpatrick isn’t exuding much confidence under center and that needs to change, as well as his receivers. They have gotten zero seperation from the Jets cornerbacks, making it very difficult for Fitzpatrick to make throws.