Mark Sanchez did enough to help the Jets, but not too much, throwing for 230 passing yards and a touchdown. Jets runners had 126 yards on the grounds. New York's fierce defense limited the Bills to just a field goal and a garbage-time touchdown. And Joe McKnight gave the Jets a big play on special teams with a 59-yard return.
All that added up to a victory that could put the Jets in a three-way tie for the AFC East lead, depending on how the New England Patriots fare this evening. But it also amounted to confirmation of a formula that seems to work for New York: the Jets are now 4-0 when scoring 27 or more points in 2011, and remain unbeaten when holding teams under 30 points.
It's nothing surprising for a team with more defensive talent than offensive firepower. But it is a blueprint.
The result moved both the Jets and Bills to 5-3 in 2011.
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