Bills–Jets rivalry

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Buffalo Bills–New York Jets
Buffalo Bills wordmark.svg
Buffalo Bills
New York Jets wordmark.svg
New York Jets
First meeting September 11, 1960
New York 27, Buffalo 3
Latest meeting January 1, 2017
New York 30, Buffalo 10
Next meeting TBD
Statistics
Meetings total 113 meetings[1]
All-time series Buffalo leads, 60–53
Largest victory New York 42, Buffalo 3 (1979)
Smallest victory New York 21, Buffalo 20 (1978)
Current win streak Jets: 2 wins

The Bills–Jets rivalry is a rivalry between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in the National Football League. Both of these teams play in the same division (AFC East) and as a result, play two scheduled games each season. Both represent the same state, New York (although the Jets have played their home games in East Rutherford, New Jersey since 1984), with the Bills having their primary fan base in Western New York, and the Jets in the New York City area. They have a long history between each other, as they were original members of the American Football League in 1960.

Quick facts[edit]

With their long rivalry dating back to 1960, the Bills have won 6 of the last 11 games and lead the series 60–52. The largest margin of victory is 39, when the Jets defeated the Bills 42–3 on September 15, 1985. The smallest is 1, when the Jets won 21–20 on October 9, 1978. There has only been one post-season game between these two teams which was the AFC Wild Card Game dating back to December 27, 1981, where the Bills defeated the Jets 31–27. The largest ever recorded attendance at one of the games between these two teams dates back to October 8, 1995, where the Bills defeated the Jets 29–10 with a total attendance crowd of 79,485. Between the two teams there have only been 3 overtime games. The earliest overtime game took place on November 20, 1988, when the Bills defeated the Jets 9–6. The next overtime game was on October 8, 2002, where the Jets defeated the Bills 37–31. The last overtime game was on October 18, 2009, which the Bills won 16–13. The longest winning streak in the series was ten by Buffalo from 1988 until 1992; the longest Jets streak was seven (1984–1987). The most recent game was played on January 1, 2017.

This rivalry is fueled primarily by the differences between New York City and the rest of New York State, and also by the Bills claiming to be the only team in New York (the Jets actually play their games in East Rutherford, NJ, a suburb of the city). However, the two teams have rarely been successful at the same time, and as such, their rivalry usually lacks the intensity that is present in other rivalries, such as the Jets' rivalry with the Patriots and the Bills' with the Dolphins. There have only been four seasons in which both the Bills and Jets finished with winning records.[2]

Notable moments[edit]

There were a handful of memorable games in the early history of this rivalry. In 1973, O.J. Simpson eclipsed Jim Brown's rushing yards record to surpass 2,000 yards in a 34–6 Bills win. Eight years later, the teams played their only playoff game together. In the 1981 AFC Wild Card game, the Bills had a 24–0 lead early in the game, but the Jets came back, cutting their deficit to 31–24. A late game interception of Richard Todd sealed the win for the Bills, however. During the 90s, the Jets and Bills played two regular season games with playoff implications. The 1993 season saw the Jets failing to secure a playoff berth by losing a game to the Bills via three missed field goals. In 1998, the Jets secured their first ever AFC East division title by beating the Bills.[2]

In 2008, the Bills were coming off a 5–1 start, but lost 8 of their remaining ten games to finish 7–9 and out of the playoffs. Two of those losses came against the Jets, the latter of which included a J. P. Losman fumble returned for the Jets' game winning touchdown as the Bills were trying to run out the clock.[3]

In 2009, Mark Sanchez threw 5 interceptions to the Bills defense, losing a game in overtime for the Jets in which they rushed for 318 yards.[4] Later that year, the Jets rematched the Bills in Toronto as part of the Bills Toronto Series, in which the Jets avenged their loss with a 19–13 win that kept their playoff hopes alive.

In 2014, the second Bills–Jets game was played at Ford Field in Detroit due to a freak snowstorm in Buffalo. The Bills won 38–3.[5]

The 2015 offseason saw some notable personnel swaps between the teams. On January 12, Rex Ryan was hired as the head coach of the Bills. Ryan had spent the previous six seasons as the head coach of the Jets.[6] In addition, the Jets hired former Bills head coach Chan Gailey as their offensive coordinator[7] and traded for former Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who later became their own starter.[8] The Bills also added former Jets Percy Harvin[9] and IK Enemkpali, the latter one day after he was released for breaking the jaw of Jets quarterback Geno Smith in a locker room altercation.[10] The Bills won both games in 2015, knocking the Jets out of playoff contention with their second win.[11] Things heated up the first game when both were still in the hunt for a playoff spot, especially after Ryan made Enemkpali a team captain.

In 2016, a Thursday Night game between the Jets and Bills was the first NFL game ever broadcast on Twitter, with the Jets winning 37–31.[12]

Score history[edit]

Buffalo victories New York victories
# Date Location Winning team Losing team Score
1 September 11, 1960 Polo Grounds New York Buffalo 27–3
2 October 16, 1960 War Memorial Stadium New York Buffalo 17–13
3 September 17, 1961 War Memorial Stadium Buffalo New York 41–31
4 November 23, 1961 Polo Grounds New York Buffalo 21–14
5 September 22, 1962 War Memorial Stadium New York Buffalo 17–6
6 December 8, 1962 Polo Grounds Buffalo New York 20–3
7 December 8, 1963 War Memorial Stadium Buffalo New York 45–14
8 December 14, 1963 Polo Grounds Buffalo New York 19–10
9 October 24, 1964 War Memorial Stadium Buffalo New York 34–24
10 November 8, 1964 Shea Stadium Buffalo New York 20–7
11 September 26, 1965 War Memorial Stadium Buffalo New York 33–21
12 December 19, 1965 Shea Stadium New York Buffalo 14–12
13 October 30, 1966 Shea Stadium Buffalo New York 33–23
14 November 13, 1966 War Memorial Stadium Buffalo New York 14–3
15 September 10, 1967 War Memorial Stadium Buffalo New York 20–17
16 November 12, 1967 Shea Stadium New York Buffalo 20–10
17 September 29, 1968 War Memorial Stadium Buffalo New York 37–35
18 November 3, 1968 Shea Stadium New York Buffalo 25–21
19 September 14, 1969 War Memorial Stadium New York Buffalo 33–19
20 November 9, 1969 Shea Stadium New York Buffalo 16–6
21 October 4, 1970 War Memorial Stadium Buffalo New York 34–31
22 October 25, 1970 Shea Stadium Buffalo New York 10–6
23 October 17, 1971 Shea Stadium New York Buffalo 28–17
24 November 21, 1971 War Memorial Stadium New York Buffalo 20–7
25 September 17, 1972 War Memorial Stadium New York Buffalo 41–24
26 November 12, 1972 Shea Stadium New York Buffalo 41–3
27 September 30, 1973 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 9–7
28 December 16, 1973 Shea Stadium Buffalo New York 34–14
29 September 29, 1974 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 16–12
30 December 8, 1974 Shea Stadium New York Buffalo 20–10
31 September 21, 1975 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 42–14
32 November 2, 1975 Shea Stadium Buffalo New York 42–14
33 October 10, 1976 Shea Stadium Buffalo New York 24–23
34 October 31, 1976 Rich Stadium New York Buffalo 17–14
35 October 9, 1977 Rich Stadium New York Buffalo 19–14
36 December 11, 1977 Shea Stadium New York Buffalo 24–19
37 September 10, 1978 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 14–10
38 October 8, 1978 Shea Stadium New York Buffalo 21–20
39 September 23, 1979 Rich Stadium New York Buffalo 45–14
40 November 11, 1979 Shea Stadium Buffalo New York 46–31
41 September 14, 1980 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 14–12
42 November 9, 1980 Shea Stadium Buffalo New York 20–10
43 September 6, 1981 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 31–0
44 October 18, 1981 Shea Stadium New York Buffalo 33–14
45 December 27, 1981 Shea Stadium Buffalo New York 31–27
46 October 3, 1983 Rich Stadium New York Buffalo 34–10
47 November 13, 1983 Shea Stadium Buffalo New York 24–17
48 September 23, 1984 Rich Stadium New York Buffalo 28–26
49 December 8, 1984 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 21–17
50 September 15, 1985 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 42–3
51 December 8, 1985 Rich Stadium New York Buffalo 27–7
52 September 7, 1986 Rich Stadium New York Buffalo 28–24
53 October 6, 1986 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 14–13
54 September 13, 1987 Rich Stadium New York Buffalo 31–28
55 November 22, 1987 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 17–14
56 October 17, 1988 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 37–14
57 November 20, 1988 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 9–6 OT
58 October 22, 1989 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 34–3
59 December 23, 1989 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 37–0
60 September 24, 1990 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 30–7
61 October 21, 1990 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 30–27
62 September 15, 1991 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 23–20
63 December 1, 1991 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 24–13
64 October 26, 1992 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 24–20
65 December 6, 1992 Rich Stadium New York Buffalo 24–17
66 October 24, 1993 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 19–10
67 December 26, 1993 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 16–14
68 September 4, 1994 Rich Stadium New York Buffalo 23–3
69 November 6, 1994 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 22–17
70 October 8, 1995 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 29–10
71 November 19, 1995 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 28–26
72 October 20, 1996 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 25–22
73 November 24, 1996 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 35–10
74 September 7, 1997 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 28–22
75 November 30, 1997 Rich Stadium Buffalo New York 20–10
76 November 8, 1998 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 34–12
77 December 19, 1998 Ralph Wilson Stadium New York Buffalo 17–10
78 September 19, 1999 Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo New York 17–3
79 November 21, 1999 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 17–7
80 September 17, 2000 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 27–14
81 October 29, 2000 Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo New York 23–20
82 October 7, 2001 Ralph Wilson Stadium New York Buffalo 42–36
83 December 30, 2001 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 14–9
84 September 8, 2002 Ralph Wilson Stadium New York Buffalo 37–31 OT
85 November 24, 2002 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 31–13
86 October 12, 2003 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 30–3
87 December 7, 2003 Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo New York 17–6
88 October 10, 2004 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 16–14
89 November 7, 2004 Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo New York 22–17
90 October 16, 2005 Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo New York 27–17
91 January 1, 2006 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 30–26
92 September 24, 2006 Ralph Wilson Stadium New York Buffalo 28–20
93 December 10, 2006 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 31–13
94 September 30, 2007 Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo New York 17–14
95 October 28, 2007 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 13–3
96 November 2, 2008 Ralph Wilson Stadium New York Buffalo 26–17
97 December 14, 2008 Giants Stadium New York Buffalo 31–27
98 October 18, 2009 Giants Stadium Buffalo New York 16–13 OT
99 December 3, 2009 Rogers Center New York Buffalo 19–13
100 October 3, 2010 Ralph Wilson Stadium New York Buffalo 38–14
101 January 2, 2011 New Meadowlands Stadium New York Buffalo 38–7
102 November 6, 2011 Ralph Wilson Stadium New York Buffalo 27–11
103 November 27, 2011 New Meadowlands Stadium New York Buffalo 28–24
104 September 9, 2012 MetLife Stadium New York Buffalo 48–28
105 December 30, 2012 Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo New York 28–9
106 September 22, 2013 MetLife Stadium New York Buffalo 27–20
107 November 17, 2013 Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo New York 37–14
108 October 26, 2014 MetLife Stadium Buffalo New York 43–23
109 November 24, 2014 Ford Field Buffalo New York 38–3
110 November 12, 2015 MetLife Stadium Buffalo New York 22–17
111 January 3, 2016 Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo New York 22–17
112 September 15, 2016 New Era Field New York Buffalo 37–31
113 January 1, 2017 MetLife Stadium New York Buffalo 30–10
Series: Buffalo leads 60–53

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