New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Rivalry

New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills Rivalry
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New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills Rivalry : Rivalry of Same State

The New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills Rivalry  is a rivalry between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. Both teams are from the state of New York. The teams have been present since 1960, when the American Football League started.

Jets vs Bills Rivalry History

The New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills Rivalry stems from the differences in fan base. The Bills are mainly supported by western NY while the Jets fans are mainly based in the New York city area. The rivalry is fueled further by the claim that the Bills are the only team in New York since the Jets play their games in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The two teams first met on September 11, 1960. The game was played at the Polo grounds where the Bills won 27-3. They meet twice each season with the Bills leading the series 60-53. They have also won 6 of the last 11 meetings.

Jets vs Bills Rivalry Analysis

The Bills predictably too, edge out their neighbors on the overall score with their accumulated total of 2361 besting the Nets’ 2323 points total .The Jets are on a current 2 game win streak over their rivals with the last meeting resulting in a 30-10 victory at the Met-Life stadium. The Jets, most notably have inflicted the largest defeat in the series, when they crushed the Bills 42-3 at the Giants stadium in September 1985. It was also during that period that they recorded their best ever winning streak of 7 games.

The New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills Rivalry has been described as ‘One of the worst’ rivalries in football by pundits. It is widely accepted that intensity in a rivalry is born during periods of success. Unfortunately, the Bills-Jets rivalry is as flat as they come since it is rare that both teams enjoy success at the same time. It is not a dead rivalry, however. The natural rivalry because of geography is enough to sustain it and this has been apparent in some games where one team has shot down the rival in a match of high importance to the rival.

In December 1993 The Jets were on course for the play offs but managed to botch the game when Cary Blanchard missed a 42 yard field goal wide left which might have seen them through. Instead, the Bills won the game and went on to win their 5th AFC East title in 6 years.

Memorable moments of The Rivalry

There have been moments of note during their long rivalry. In 1973, O.J. Simpson rushed 200 yards during the Bills 34-14 win over the jets. He became the first player in the NFL with 2000 rushing yards to his name. In the first and only wild card game ever between the sides, the Bills stormed into a 24-0 second quarter lead courtesy of two touchdown catches from Frank Lewis. The Jets heaved themselves back into the game but with the score at 31-27 to the Bills.

Bill Simpson made an unbelievable interception at the Bill’s 1 yard line with only a couple seconds of play left to save the bills lead and win the game for them. In December 1998, the Jets beat the Bills 17-10 to lift their first ever AFC East title. In November 2012, a New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills game moved due to heavy snow. The game moved from Sunday afternoon in Buffalo to a day later in Detroit.

The Bills who had not had much training pulled of a shock 38-3 rout over the Jets in what was a match of individuals. In November 2015, the Bills won 27-17 in Ryan Rex’s homecoming at the MetLife to tie them with the Bills both 5-4, despite the Jets having made a scintillating 4-1 start. Ryan Rex had been coach for the Jets before sack. Weeks later, he replaced Doug Marrone as Bill’s coach. During his first press conference he promised the Bills would make the playoffs and become tough. He then signed Jets linebacker Enemkpali who had assaulted Geno Smith. Geno Smith was never the same again.

Jets vs Bills Rivalry Game Schedule 2018-19

Regular Season NFL 2017 Week 16

Sunday, December 24 at 1:00p ET
Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots
CBS
Gillette Stadium

Regular Season NFL 2017 Week 13

Sunday, December 3 at 1:00p ET
New England Patriots vs Buffalo Bills
CBS
New Era Field

 

See also Buffalo Bills Game Schedule of Season 2018-19.

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