Los Angeles: The New York Jets turned the page quickly on a slow start, rebounding from a disappointing first-week loss with a 37-31 victory over the winless Buffalo Bills on Thursday.
Just four days after a season-opening 23-22 loss to Cincinnati, the Jets captured their first win of the season in a matchup of two AFC East Division rivals.
Matt Forte rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns to help the Jets snap a four-game losing streak to Buffalo, which included a loss in the final week of the 2015 season that knocked them out of National Football League play-off contention.
“It was a big game,” said Forte. “Coming back after a close game last week, to come back and get a win here in a hostile environment against a division rival is huge. It was a must-win.”
Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 24-of-34 passes for 374 yards and a touchdown against his former team. Fitzpatrick threw for more yards than he compiled in the January 2 season finale (181) and last week’s season-opening loss to the Bengals (189).
Eric Decker caught six passes for 126 yards and a touchdown and Brandon Marshall made a half dozen catches for 101 yards in front of a crowd of 70,200 at New Era Field in Buffalo, New York.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor passed for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw an interception as Buffalo dropped to 0-2 for the first time since 2010 when they lost their opening eight matches.
Forte’s third touchdown of the contest on a 12-yard run stretched the Jets’ lead to 13 points with 4:02 left in regulation.