Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Kyle Orton passed for 230 yards and two touchdowns as the Buffalo Bills routed the New York Jets 38-3 Monday night at Detroit’s Ford Field.
The game was moved from Ralph Wilson Stadium after the venue was deemed unplayable due to several feet of snow that fell last week, crippling Buffalo and neighboring areas.
Boobie Dixon rushed for a touchdown and blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone for another score, helping the Bills (6-5) keep their playoff hopes alive.
Michael Vick struggled mightily against the Buffalo defense, completing only 7-of-19 passes for 76 yards. He limped off the field after a third-quarter interception and was replaced by Geno Smith, who saw his first action since he was intercepted three times on eight passes in the first quarter against the Bills on Oct. 26.
Smith threw for 89 yards on 10-of-12 passing for the Jets (2-9).
The Bills began their first possession of the game in New York territory after a short punt. Robert Woods finished off the nine-play drive and gave Buffalo an early lead by making a twisting catch in the end zone on 3rd-and-goal.
New York got on the board when Nick Folk kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:01 remaining in the first quarter. The Jets nearly came away with no points as cornerback Corey Graham dropped a would-be interception in the end zone on the previous play.
The Bills took a gamble on 4th-and-1 from the New York 45 in the second quarter and Dixon was stopped for no gain, giving the Jets favorable field position.
On the ensuing drive, the Jets picked up 10 and 11 yards on their first two plays and were at the Buffalo 31 after an 8-yard reception by Eric Decker. However, a sack by Mario Williams, a false start penalty and a Vick incompletion resulted in a punt for New York.
Buffalo then orchestrated a 13-play, 90-yard drive and went up 14-3 on Scott Chandler’s 19-yard touchdown catch. The highlight of the drive was Woods’ one-handed grab against his helmet while being interfered with by a Jets defensive back.
The Bills turned the game into a rout by scoring 17 points in a span of 4:42 during the third quarter.
Dan Carpenter drilled a 53-yard field goal to cap the opening possession of the second half. Dixon then blocked Ryan Quigley’s punt and Manny Lawson made the recovery in the end zone.
Duke Williams intercepted Vick on the next New York drive, leading to Fred Jackson’s 5-yard touchdown run.
Dixon scored on a 30-yard run to cap the scoring with 5:53 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Woods set career highs with nine receptions and 118 receiving yards … The last time the Bills scored on a blocked punt was Dec. 19, 2004, against Cincinnati … Orton completed 24-of-32 passes … Buffalo converted 7-of-13 third downs and outgained the Jets 336-218 in total offensive yards … The Jets had only 11 first downs … Vick was sacked five times.