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Jet Lagged: Ryan Fitzpatrick Continues to Struggle Against Jets

The AFC East rivalry between Buffalo and New York has been decisively one-side over the past two years.  Yesterday, the Bills had a great opportunity to begin to reverse their curse against the Jets.

But instead, Buffalo’s “Whiteout” morphed into another blowout.  And Ryan Fitzpatrick’s struggles continue versus Rex Ryan and the Jets.

Since 2009, Fitzpatrick has seen Ryan and the Jets defense four times under center as the starting quarterback in Buffalo.  The Jets have won three of the last four against Fitzpatrick and have won four in a row over the Bills and six of the last seven since 2008.

For Fitzpatrick, facing the Jets has been a slew of forgettable afternoons.  In yesterday’s 27-11 loss, Fitzpatrick completed 15-of-31 passes for 191 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.  His 15 completions and 191 passing yards are the most Fitzpatrick has thrown for since ’09, which doesn’t exactly say much.

  • In relief of the injured Trent Edwards in 2009, Fitzpatrick went 10-of-25 for 116 yards with a touchddown and an interception.  Fitzpatrick had an average of 4.6 yards per pass play.  In the second meeting in Toronto that season, as the starter, Fitzpatrick went 9-of-23 for just 98 yards with an interception.  He had only 4.3 yards per pass attempt in the second meeting
  • 2010 featured much of the same.  Fitzpatrick played in the first meeting and sat out last year’s season finale.  He completed just 12-of-27 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns.  His first touchdown didn’t come until the Bills were down 17-0.  His second came in the fourth quarter with the Bills getting trounced 38-7.
  • In four games he’s started against the Jets, Fitzpatrick has gone 46-for-106 good for just 43 percent completion rate, four touchdowns, four interceptions and 533 yards passing, with an average of 133.3 yards passing per game.

Fitzpatrick’s achilles the past two seasons has been the Jets defense, as they’ve confused and bewildered the Harvard product.  Yesterday, the Jets held Fitzpatrick to the fewest number of completions and passing yards in a game this season.  Since starting the season with seven touchdowns and only one interception, Fitzpatrick has cooled off throwing for eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.  He’s thrown two picks in two the Bills’ last three games. 

Yesterday, with a chance to prove that they’re are legit playoff contender Fitzpatrick and the Bills came up well short and fell flat on their face.  In a couple weeks, Fitzpatrick and the Bills will have a chance at redemption, to go into MetLife Stadium and steal a victory. 

Do you feel confident after yesterday’s dismal showing that Fitzpatrick and the Bills can solve the Jets defensive riddle the second time around?

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