Freeman McNeil rushed for a team-record 192 yards and two touchdowns today to lead the New York Jets to a 42-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
McNeil, who carried 18 times, broke the Jets' record of 180 yards set by Matt Snell in 1964. He scored on runs of six and 13 yards during the Jets' 21-point second quarter. McNeil also had runs of 69 yards, 20 yards and a pair of 10-yarders.
"Freeman was playing like Superman out there," Jets quarterback Ken O'Brien said.
Buffalo nose tackle Fred Smerlas thought McNeil's job was made easier because the Bills "didn't show up. The roof caved in," he said. "They're a good team, but they're not as good as we made them look."
The Jets (1-1) totaled 532 yards offense, their third highest in team history. Buffalo (0-2), which has not scored a touchdown this season, has lost 10 straight road games.
O'Brien had touchdown passes of seven yards to Kurt Sohn and two yards to Tony Paige. Paige also had a two-yard scoring run and Kerry Glenn returned an interception 15 yards for a score.
The 39-point victory margin equaled the Jets' biggest ever, set in 1966 against Houston.
The Bills were penalized 14 times for 82 yards. Vince Ferragamo threw four interceptions.
New York benefitted from the return of starting offensive tackles Marvin Powell and Reggie McElroy, who signed last week after long holdouts. New York's top draft pick, Al Toon, who also signed last week, caught three passes for 67 yards.
McNeil circled left end on his 69-yard third-quarter run, the longest of his career. Three plays later, O'Brien found Paige for a two-yard score, making it 28-3.