They ran. They passed. They played defense.
In the end, the Jets pounded the Bills 38-14, easily handling a team that had nearly a .500 record against them (8-10) the past nine years. But the effort may have cost them one of their top pass rushers.
Shaun Ellis went down with a knee sprain after sacking Ryan Fitzpatrick in the third quarter and did not return. It was not known how much time the 11th-year defenisve end will miss.
Even without Ellis, though, the 3-1 (3-0 in AFC East) Jets stifled the 0-4 Bills throughout. LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene both exceeded 100 rushing yards and Tomlinson scored two touchdowns.
But it was tight end Dustin Keller who blew the game open in the third by grabbing two touchdown passes — a 3-yarder from wildcat back Brad Smith and a 2-yard throw from Mark Sanchez — in a 1:33 span of the third quarter. The Jets scored 21 points in just over three minutes.
The Bills hadn’t fumbled a ball in the first three games, but they lost two yesterday. And the Jets, who gashed the Bills for 567 rushing yards in their two games last year, went for 272.
Sanchez finished 14-of-21 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. The defense, which averaged more than 274.7 passing yards per game, limited Fitzpatrick to 109, and outgained the Bills 444-223.