Jets 16, Bills 14
Earlier this week, New York Jets Coach Herman Edwards went around the locker room trying to give players an index card with the following message: "If you are scared to go 4-0, call the police."
There were no takers. It was easy to see why on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Down 14-13 with 5 minutes 58 seconds to go, Chad Pennington calmly led his team 60 yards to set up the winning field goal. Doug Brien nailed the 38-yarder with 58 seconds remaining to lift the Jets to a 16-14 victory, moving them to 4-0 for the second time in franchise history.
The last time the Jets were 4-0 was 2000, when they failed to make the playoffs and finished 9-7. They have a chance to go 5-0 for the first time next weekend at home against San Francisco.
"I had a bunch of them made and said, 'If you are scared now, you can take these cards and no one will know you called them,' " Edwards said. "They all looked at me like I was crazy. That's the kind of team we have become. We believe in each other."
Pennington went 31 of 42 for 304 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but his biggest plays came at the end, after Buffalo (0-4) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to take the lead. He went 7 of 8 for 51 yards on the winning drive. Brien got a little redemption, making up for a 29-yard miss earlier in the game.
"You have to go out there and kick it like you're kicking a ball in your back yard," Brien said.
Buffalo had one final chance from its 48 with two seconds left, but Drew Bledsoe was intercepted by Terrell Buckley near the goal line.
The Bills have lost three times by three points or less. They were poised to win this one, and it all started after Jeff Posey intercepted Pennington early in the fourth.
Buffalo quickly converted. Willis McGahee had a 21-yard run on third and nine from the Jets 37, and the Bills scored on the next play when Bledsoe threw a 16-yard pass to Mark Campbell.
The Bills took the lead when Bledsoe connected with Lee Evans on a 46-yard touchdown pass with 5:58 remaining. It wasn't enough.
Bledsoe finished 16 of 29 for 197 yards.