Lose by six against Jets.
The Buffalo Bills were hoping to bring their record even against the New York Jets at home but the Jets had other plans as Ryan Fitzpatrick finally figured out Rex Ryan’s defense, finishing 24-34 for 374 yards and a touchdown.
For the Bills, the loss to a division rival was heartbreaking and for the Jets, it was redemption for last season’s 22-17 loss that eliminated them from the playoffs.
“Obviously, we never expected this,” Ryan said. “The Jets were a much better team than we were today, especially their offense against our defense looked like a mismatch today. You look for a difference in the game and that was the difference in the game.”
But Ryan went further Friday and fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman and replaced with him Asst. head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn
“This is my move, without question,” Ryan said, adding that he met Friday morning with owners Terry and Kim Pegula. The coach said they were supportive of the call to part ways with Roman, the NFL’s highest-paid offensive coordinator.
The Bills will have to focus on the Arizona Cardinals defense next weekend who held the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to seven points while pasting 40 points on them.
“I think, obviously, it’s going to be very challenging,” Ryan said. “There’s no question about it. [And] I think our players will be excited about Anthony running the show.”
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab a friend and grab your tickets and help cheer on your Buffalo Bills against the Cardinals!
AFC East rival Jets up next
The Buffalo Bills had closed to within three points before halftime on a 1-yard score/run by LeSean McCoy bringing the game to 10-7. That was the last time the Bills would score as both the Baltimore Ravens and Bills defense stiffened up in the second half.
The Ravens managed to score a fourth quarter field goal to make the score what would be the final, 13-7.
“It’s a pretty darn good defense over there,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said. “I’m probably one of the only coaches that’ll give credit to the opponent because they deserve it. That defense played extremely well. They’re well coached and they got after us.”
The Bills have little time nor inclination to dwell on this loss. Playing in Baltimore is tough. Playing on opening day in Baltimore is nearly impossible. So let this game pass because Thursday is upon us and the New York Jets are a series team who are also looking for positive energy after also beginning with an 0-1 record.
Tomorrow’s game is the 111th meeting between the two teams and the Bills have won six of their last seven meetings with them. Whoever wins this game will avoid the early AFC East cellar so be sure to get out and get your tickets and help support your Buffalo Bills tomorrow night!
Rob Ryan’s reputation on the line
When Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan hired on his brother as an assistant head coach/defense and head turned and some wondered aloud if this would help a defense that was lackluster last season. Ryan’s last three stops had failed defenses and he has not been able to get back to his 2006 Oakland Raiders defense which ranked third in yards allowed. Last season as a part of the New Orleans Saints, Ryan’s defense allowed the most points in NFL history.
The Bills face the New York Giants on Saturday. The Giants also lost their preseason opener and are expected to play their starters a bit more this game.
A Stadium Note, the official name has been changed from Ralph Wilson Stadium to New Era Field after completing a seven year, $35 million deal with the New Era Cap Co.
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available for this game as well as all preseason and regular season games. Get yours today and help cheer on Your Buffalo Bills!