Monday, September 23, 2013

Wood: 'If you dig a hole, that's the Jets' game'


From one perspective, the New York Jets' approach on defense is simple: get the opposing offense to second- and third-and-long situations, then attack.

Gang Green did it time and time again against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, and it was effective. The Jets sacked quarterback E.J. Manuel eight times, hit him on 16 occasions and forced him into more incompletions than completions.

"You've got to stay ahead of the chains on them," Bills center Eric Wood told Tim Graham of The Buffalo News Monday.

The Jets never trailed in the game, at one point jumping to a 20-6 lead early in the third quarter, as Rex Ryan had his squad attacking instead of protecting the lead.

"You get what's coming to you when you play the Jets," Wood said. "If you dig a hole, that's their game."

New York dug itself a bit a hole, as well, taking 20 penalties -- eight of which gave Buffalo first downs. Those costly errors helped the Bills battle back to a tie score before Geno Smith connected with Santonio Holmes for the dagger.

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