Vinny Testaverde always seems to be watching when Doug Flutie does his one-man gang act.
He certainly was watching tonight as the Buffalo Bills' 36-year-old quarterback beat the New York Jets, 17-3, with his arms, his legs, and even his 179-pound body, sacrificed in a crushing block that sprang Antowain Smith on a 12-yard run that set up the game's first touchdown.
Sure Flutie had help against a team that was missing six starters, including Testaverde, the quarterback who also was on the sideline as a redshirt for Miami when Flutie threw the "Hail Mary" that beat the Hurricanes for Boston College in 1984.
Smith, held to seven yards on six carries by Indianapolis last week, gained 113 on 30 carries tonight.
Bills nose tackle Ted Washington and linebacker Sam Cowart stuffed Jerald Sowell on fourth and inches at the goal line when the game was scoreless in the second quarter.
"This is the first time I've been disappointed in the team," Jets Coach Bill Parcells said. "It wasn't injuries. I wouldn't use that as an excuse. Poor playing. That's what we needed to overcome."
Flutie broke open a lethargic game in the second quarter and carried it through the third giving the Bills (1-1) all the points they needed. First he ran for 14 and 24 yards on the 99-yard drive that came after Washington and Cowart's play. Then on third and one from the Jets 13, Smith ran right, then broke left, pursued by Mo Lewis, New York's 257-pound Pro Bowl linebacker. As Lewis lunged for Smith, Flutie leveled him.
Smith got to the 1 and scored on the next play to make it 7-0.
Then, on the first possession of the third quarter, Flutie took the Bills on a 57-yard, eight-play drive, that he capped with a 24-yard scoring run on which he rolled right, zigged left and then went straight up the middle for the score that made it 14-0.