Nick Folk #2 of the New York Jets sits on...

Nick Folk #2 of the New York Jets sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field on Nov. 24, 2014 in Detroit. Credit: Getty Images / Leon Halip

Only the Jets could turn a bye week, ample preparation time and a switch from a road game to a neutral site into a negative. But that's what bad teams do.

They squander opportunities, commit penalties at the most inopportune times and find ways to lose to teams that went days without being able to practice.

On Monday night, the Jets just didn't show up. Their 38-3 loss to the Bills at Ford Field was embarrassing enough, but it was how they lost that was so troubling.

Their Motor City meltdown featured every conceivable mistake a team could make: a 27- yard punt by Ryan Quigley that set up the Bills' first touchdown, a blocked punt that the Bills recovered in the end zone and a penalty for 12 men on the field.

And then there was another quarterback change.

Four weeks after Michael Vick was asked to take over the reins following Geno Smith's three interceptions in the first quarter against the Bills, the Jets (2-9) turned to Smith after an underperforming Vick (7-for-19, 76 yards, one interception) was kicked in the calf late in the third quarter.

Rex Ryan said he doesn't know which quarterback will start Monday night against Miami, but it wouldn't be shocking to see Smith finish out the season.There was one uncertainty Ryan did clear up, however.

"One thing I know for a fact, unless it changes drastically, I will be the head coach here for the next five weeks,'' he said, noting that he hasn't had any discussions about his job status with owner Woody Johnson. Johnson prefers to make personnel decisions after the season.

The game wasn't all the Jets lost. Defensive star Muhammad Wilkerson left in the first half with a toe injury and rookie tight end Jace Amaro suffered a head injury. "I'll be all right,'' Wilkerson said.

In the Bills' other nine games this season, they averaged 17.4 points. In their routs of the Jets, they averaged 40.5. And the latest debacle left the Jets stunned.

Quinton Coples suggested that they pray and "ask God for understanding.''

Sheldon Richardson, with watery eyes, said: "I've never lost nine games. That's not me at all. I didn't get drafted to lose games, period. And if it don't hurt nobody like it hurt me, then they shouldn't be on the team with me. I really play with everything I got.''

The problem is, some of his teammates don't.

The neutral site was supposed to play right into the Jets' hands. So was the indoor surface. Speed demons Vick and Percy Harvin were supposed to light it up against a Bills team that spent much of the past week shoveling out from under 7 feet of snow.

But who needs practice anyway?

After going toe to toe with Mother Nature, the Bills (6-5) had no trouble getting past these wayward Jets, who mustered only 218 total yards and a field goal and allowed seven sacks.

It was Buffalo that was supposed to be out of sorts, thanks to the lake-effect storm that had blanketed western New York. But the Bills proved they're "a zillion ways'' better than the Jets, words that Ryan had used when he boasted that his team was much improved since a 43-23 blowout by the Bills on Oct. 26.

An announced crowd of 56,044, made up primarily of Bills supporters, witnessed the Jets' self-destruction.

"I guess we weren't a zillion times better,'' Ryan said, clearly wishing he had never used that phrase to describe his team.

When Vick wasn't running for his life or throwing errant passes, he was being tossed like a rag doll by defensive linemen. Harvin was not a factor, the Jets' special-teams play was a joke and Smith (10-for-12, 89 yards) did little to spark a dormant offense.

Robert Woods caught nine passes for 118 yards, including the Bills' first touchdown in 133 offensive plays. Scott Chandler referenced the blizzard with a shoveling dance in the end zone after his 19-yard reception gave the Bills a 14-3 lead. Kyle Orton completed 24 of 32 passes for 230 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.

Despite the Jets' offensive woes, Jeremy Kerley said talent isn't their issue.

So what is it? A lack of focus? A lack of heart?

"Maybe a little bit of both,'' Kerley said. "I have no idea at this point. No idea.''

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