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New York Jets Fall to Buffalo Bills in 2012 Season Finale, 28-9

December 31st, 2012 at 9:05 AM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets finished the 2012 season appropriately, putting together a nearly unwatchable performance at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Buffalo Bills. The Jets lost to the Bills, 28-9, finishing the season at 6-10 and securing the ninth selection in April's 2013 NFL Draft. Tony Sparano is expected to be fired today, along with Mike Tannenbaum being fired or reassigned within the organization. Mike Westhoff will retire and Mike Pettine is expected to explore other opportunities. Rex Ryan is expected to be safe and will meet with the media at 4:45 p.m. today. It's just the start of an offseason guaranteed to be full of change. The Jets finished the season 2-4 in the AFC East.

'I'm just gonna dance right over there, and tackle your ass...' photo (c) 2009, Ed Yourdon - license:

For the New York Jets, Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills was a typical 2012 outing: the offense was brutal, leaving the defense had no margin for error until it finally wilted under the burden of carrying the team. The offense failed to capitalize on opportunities, some provided by the defense, and also handed points to the Bills.

After the Jets jumped out to a 3-0 lead, Mark Sanchez provided the first touchdown of the game. Mark Sanchez tried to fit an ill-advised pass into triple coverage, the ball undercut by linebacker Bryan Scott and returned 20 yards for a touchdown and a 7-3 Bills lead. The Jets responded with two more field goals, giving their defense a precarious 9-7 lead despite Buffalo's offense producing nothing of note to that point in the second quarter of the game.

With 3:21 left in the first half, the Jets defense broke down on a well-designed screen to C.J. Spiller. Spiller went 66 yards for the score and a 14-9 Bills lead heading into halftime.

After the teams were held scoreless in the third quarter, the Jets defense was worn down in the fourth quarter. The Bills put together two long drive to put the game on ice. The Jets offense was unable to put much of anything together, another exercise in failure for Tony Sparano and Mark Sanchez.

And, thankfully, likely the last for that combo. Tony Sparano is gone, and though Mark Sanchez will almost surely be back, it seems very unlikely that he is the one under center when the Jets kickoff the 2013 regular season. Anyway, it's a bit too early to talk about that – it's draft season Jets fans!


Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Football, Mark Sanchez, Mike Tannenbaum, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Tony Sparano

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