Bills–Jets rivalry

National Football League cross-state rivalry in New York
Bills–Jets rivalry
First meetingSeptember 11, 1960
Titans 27, Bills 3
Latest meetingJanuary 9, 2022
Bills 27, Jets 10
Next meetingNovember 6, 2022
Statistics
Meetings total123[1]
All-time seriesBills, 67–56
Postseason resultsBills, 1–0
(1981 AFC Wild Card)
Largest victoryJets: 42–3 (1979)
Bills: 37–0 (1989)
Longest win streakBills: 10 (1987–92)
Jets: 6 (2009–12)
Current win streakBills, 4
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Locations of the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets

The Bills–Jets rivalry is a rivalry between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in the National Football League. Both of these teams play in the same division (AFC East) and as a result, play two scheduled games each season. Both represent the same state, New York, with the Bills having their primary fan base in Western New York, and the Jets in the New York City area.

This rivalry is fueled primarily by the differences between the greater New York City metropolitan area and the rest of New York State, but also by the Bills being the only team physically located in New York due to the Jets and their NFC counterparts the Giants playing their games in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City. However, the two teams have rarely been successful at the same time, and as such, their rivalry usually lacks the intensity that is present in other rivalries, such as the Bills' rivalry with the Dolphins and the Jets' with the Patriots. There have only been four seasons in which both the Bills and Jets finished with winning records.[2] Regardless, the two teams share a bond due to this seeming inability to field winning teams simultaneously, having been the two NFL teams coached by Rex Ryan, and their long histories playing twice yearly against one another going back to the first days of the AFL.

The Bills lead the overall series, 67–56. The Bills also won the only postseason meeting, defeating the Jets 31–27 in the 1981 AFC Wild Card round.

Notable moments

1960–99: Early History

There were a handful of memorable games in the early history of this rivalry. During the Jets' Super Bowl winning year in 1968, the Bills defense intercepted Joe Namath five times, including three pick-sixes, as Buffalo upset the Jets 37–35 for its only win that year.[3][4] In 1973, O. J. Simpson eclipsed Jim Brown's rushing yards record to surpass 2,000 yards in a 34–6 Bills win. Eight years later, the teams played their only playoff game together. In the 1981 AFC wild card game, the Bills had a 24–0 lead early in the game, but the Jets came back, cutting their deficit to 31–24. A late game interception of Richard Todd sealed the win for the Bills, however.[2]

In the quarterback-rich 1983 NFL draft, the Bills selected quarterback Jim Kelly whereas the Jets famously passed on Dan Marino in favor of Ken O'Brien. This led to a period of dominance by the Kelly-led Bills over the Jets in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[5]

The Jets and Bills played two regular season games with playoff implications in the 1990s. The 1993 season saw the Jets failing to secure a playoff berth by losing a game to the Bills via three missed field goals. In 1998, the Jets secured their first ever AFC East division title by beating the Bills.[2]

2000–17

As the 2000s approached, Buffalo collapsed from a perennial Super Bowl contender to one of the worst teams in the league, while the Jets maintained a level of success, making the playoffs 5 times despite a period of dominance by the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots. However, the Bills finally ended their league-leading playoff drought in 2017, while the Jets have yet to return to the playoffs since last qualifying in 2010.

In 2008, the Bills were coming off a 5–1 start, but lost 8 of their remaining ten games to finish 7–9 and out of the playoffs. Two of those losses came against the Jets; the latter included a J. P. Losman fumble returned for the Jets' game-winning touchdown as the Bills were trying to run out the clock.[6]

In 2009, Mark Sanchez threw 5 interceptions to the Bills defense, losing a game in overtime for the Jets in which they rushed for 318 yards.[7] Later that year, the Jets rematched the Bills in Toronto as part of the Bills Toronto Series, in which the Jets avenged their loss with a 19–13 win that kept their playoff hopes alive.[8]

During the 2013 NFL draft, the Bills and Jets once again selected quarterbacks with their early picks. EJ Manuel was picked by Buffalo in the first round while Geno Smith was chosen in the second round by the Jets. Ultimately, neither quarterback panned out and both were gone from their teams after 2016.[9]

In 2014, the second Bills–Jets game was played at Ford Field in Detroit due to a freak snowstorm in Buffalo. The Bills won 38–3.[10]

The 2015 offseason saw some notable personnel swaps between the teams. On January 12, Rex Ryan was hired as the head coach of the Bills. Ryan had spent the previous six seasons as the head coach of the Jets.[11] In addition, the Jets hired former Bills head coach Chan Gailey as their offensive coordinator[12] and traded for former Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who later became their own starter.[13] The Bills also added former Jets Percy Harvin[14] and IK Enemkpali, the latter one day after he was released for breaking Geno Smith's jaw in a locker room altercation.[15] The Bills won both games in 2015, knocking the Jets out of playoff contention with their second win.[16] Tensions arose during the first game on Thursday Night Football when both teams were still in the hunt for a playoff spot, especially after Ryan made Enemkpali a team captain for that game.[17]

2018–present: Allen vs. Darnold and Wilson

In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Bills and Jets each traded up in order to select a highly touted quarterback.[18] This resulted in Sam Darnold landing with the Jets 3rd overall and Josh Allen being selected by the Bills 7th overall.[19][20] Allen and Darnold met on the field for the first time as rivals on December 9, 2018, with both having missed the first Bills–Jets match-up that year due to injury. The Bills jumped to an early 14–3 lead under Allen, but the Jets fought back with good special teams play to set up short fields and tied the game at 20 by the fourth quarter. After the Bills scored a field goal to retake the lead with just over two minutes to go, Darnold led a game-winning drive for the Jets, including a 37-yard pass to Robby Anderson to set up the go-ahead touchdown run by Elijah McGuire.[21][22]

On September 8, 2019, the Bills overcame a 16–0 third quarter deficit and four turnovers to beat the Jets 17–16 at MetLife Stadium on opening day of the season. The Jets unraveled after losing linebacker C. J. Mosley to injury and were also hampered by ineffective placekicking from Kaare Vedvik.[23] The momentum would carry over as Buffalo wound up making the playoffs while New York was unable to overcome a 1–7 start, despite both teams being expected to be competitive that year. Having clinched a playoff spot by then, the Bills rested several starters during the week 17 rematch, which the Jets won 13–6.[24]

The second Bills–Jets matchup of the 2020 season was noteworthy as the then-winless Jets held a potent Bills offense out of the endzone, but Buffalo still prevailed 18–10 thanks to six field goals by rookie kicker Tyler Bass.[25] Not only did the Bills sweep the yearly series, but the franchises had nearly exact opposite years with the Bills finishing 13–3 but the Jets just 2–14 to begin the new decade, continuing a long general trend of the two teams being unable to be simultaneously successful. Allen had his best season thus far with a 107.2 passer rating and 37 touchdowns, while Darnold had his worst with a 72.7 rating and just 9 touchdowns in 12 games. The Jets traded Darnold to the Carolina Panthers following the season,[26] drafting Zach Wilson to replace him.[27]

Gallery

  • Oil painting of Bills OG Billy Shaw blocking for Bobby Smith against Jets in 1964

    Oil painting of Bills OG Billy Shaw blocking for Bobby Smith against Jets in 1964

  • Bills RB O. J. Simpson rushing against Jets in 1973

    Bills RB O. J. Simpson rushing against Jets in 1973

  • Bills RB Joe Cribbs runs against Jets in 1981 Wild Card game

    Bills RB Joe Cribbs runs against Jets in 1981 Wild Card game

  • Pre-snap activity between Bills and Jets in 2009

    Pre-snap activity between Bills and Jets in 2009

  • Jets RB Thomas Jones runs for a long touchdown against Bills in 2009

    Jets RB Thomas Jones runs for a long touchdown against Bills in 2009

  • Players chatting following a game

    Players chatting following a game

Season-by-season results

Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets Season-by-Season Results
1960s (Bills, 11–9)
Season Season series at Buffalo Bills at New York Titans/Jets Overall series Notes
1960 Titans 2–0 Titans
17–13
Titans
27–3
Titans
2–0
Bills and then-Titans are two charter members of the AFL. First meetings between the two rivals.
1961 Tie, 1–1 Bills
41–31
Titans
21–14
Titans
3–1
1962 Tie, 1–1 Titans
17–6
Bills
20–3
Titans
4–2
1963 Bills 2–0 Bills
45–14
Bills
19–10
Tie
4–4
Titans change their name to "Jets."
1964 Bills 2–0 Bills
34–24
Bills
20–7
Bills
6–4
Jets move to Shea Stadium; Bills win 1964 AFL Championship.
1965 Tie, 1–1 Bills
33–21
Jets
14–12
Bills
7–5
Bills win 1965 AFL Championship.
1966 Bills 2–0 Bills
14–3
Bills
33–23
Bills
9–5
1967 Tie, 1–1 Bills
20–17
Jets
20–10
Bills
10–6
1968 Tie, 1–1 Bills
37–35
Jets
25–21
Bills
11–7
Jets win 1968 AFL championship, win Super Bowl III. Bills' only win of the year comes against Jets.
1969 Jets 2–0 Jets
33–19
Jets
16–6
Bills
11–9
1970s (Tie, 10–10)
Season Season series at Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Overall series Notes
1970 Bills 2–0 Bills
34–31
Bills
10–6
Bills
13–9
AFL–NFL merger. Both teams placed in AFC East.
1971 Jets 2–0 Jets
20–7
Jets
28–17
Bills
13–11
1972 Jets 2–0 Jets
41–24
Jets
41–3
Tie
13–13
1973 Bills 2–0 Bills
9–7
Bills
34–14
Bills
15–13
Bills open Rich Stadium (now known as New Era Field). O. J. Simpson breaks NFL regular season rushing record against Jets in New York.
1974 Tie 1–1 Bills
16–12
Jets
20–10
Bills
16–14
1975 Bills 2–0 Bills
42–14
Bills
42–14
Bills
18–14
Bills rush for 309 yards at Rich Stadium, most rushing yards given up by Jets at the time.
1976 Tie, 1–1 Jets
17–14
Bills
24–23
Bills
19–15
1977 Jets 2–0 Jets
19–14
Jets
24–19
Bills
19–17
1978 Tie 1–1 Bills
14–10
Jets
21–20
Bills
20–18
1979 Tie 1–1 Jets
45–14
Bills
46–31
Bills
21–19
1980s (Bills, 10–9)
Season Season series at Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Overall series Notes
1980 Bills 2–0 Bills
14–12
Bills
20–10
Bills
23–19
1981 Tie 1–1 Bills
31–0
Jets
33–14
Bills
24–20
1981 Playoffs Bills 1–0 Bills
31–27
Bills
25–20
AFC Wild Card playoffs. Only playoff meeting to date.
1982 No games Bills
25–20
Both meetings cancelled due to 1982 NFL player strike.
1983 Tie 1–1 Jets
34–10
Bills
24–17
Bills
26–21
Jim Kelly and Ken O'Brien drafted as part of QB class of 1983.
1984 Jets 2–0 Jets
28–26
Jets
21–17
Bills
26–23
Jets move to Giants Stadium
1985 Jets 2–0 Jets
27–7
Jets
42–3
Bills
26–25
1986 Jets 2–0 Jets
28–24
Jets
14–13
Jets
27–26
1987 Tie 1–1 Jets
31–28
Bills
17–14
Jets
28–27
Jets win seventh straight meeting and fifth straight in Buffalo.
1988 Bills 2–0 Bills
9–6 (OT)
Bills
37–14
Bills
29–28
1989 Bills 2–0 Bills
34–3
Bills
37–0
Bills
31–28
Bills clinch AFC East in final week of the regular season in the Meadowlands.
1990s (Bills, 14–6)
Season Season series at Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Overall series Notes
1990 Bills 2–0 Bills
30–27
Bills
30–7
Bills
33–28
Bills lose Super Bowl XXV.
1991 Bills 2–0 Bills
24–13
Bills
23–20
Bills
35–28
Bills lose Super Bowl XXVI.
1992 Tie 1–1 Jets
24–17
Bills
24–20
Bills
36–29
Bills win tenth straight meeting immediately following Jets' seven game winning streak. Bills lose Super Bowl XXVII.
1993 Bills 2–0 Bills
16–14
Bills
19–10
Bills
38–29
Bills win sixth straight away meeting. Bills lose Super Bowl XXVIII.
1994 Jets 2–0 Jets
23–13
Jets
22–17
Bills
38–31
1995 Bills 2–0 Bills
29–10
Bills
28–26
Bills
40–31
1996 Bills 2–0 Bills
35–10
Bills
25–22
Bills
42–31
1997 Bills 2–0 Bills
20–10
Bills
28–22
Bills
44–31
Bills have won 18 of 21 meetings dating back to 1987.
1998 Jets 2–0 Jets
17–10
Jets
34–12
Bills
44–33
Jets beat Bills to clinch their first AFC East title.
1999 Tie 1–1 Bills
17–3
Jets
17–7
Bills
45–34
2000s (Jets, 11–9)
Season Season series at Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Overall series Notes
2000 Tie 1–1 Bills
23–20
Jets
27–14
Bills
46–35
2001 Tie 1–1 Jets
42–36
Bills
14–9
Bills
47–36
2002 Jets 2–0 Jets
37–31(OT)
Jets
31–13
Bills
47–38
2003 Tie 1–1 Bills
17–6
Jets
30–3
Bills
48–39
2004 Tie 1–1 Bills
22–17
Jets
16–14
Bills
49–40
2005 Tie 1–1 Bills
27–17
Jets
30–26
Bills
50–41
Jets respond to Bills' go-ahead field goal with Justin Miller's game-winning kick return touchdown at the Meadowlands.
2006 Tie 1–1 Jets
28–20
Bills
31–13
Bills
51–42
2007 Bills 2–0 Bills
17–14
Bills
13–3
Bills
53–42
Bills WR Lee Evans boxes out Jets CB Darrelle Revis for Bills' game-clinching touchdown.
2008 Jets 2–0 Jets
26–17
Jets
31–27
Bills
53–44
In Jets home game, Bills QB J. P. Losman fumbles while trying to run out the clock, resulting in Jets' game-winning touchdown.
2009 Tie 1–1 Jets
19–13
Bills
16–13(OT)
Bills
54–45
Jets QB Mark Sanchez throws five interceptions in Jets home game, team has six overall
Bills home game played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto as part of the Bills Toronto Series.
2010s (Jets, 11–9)
Season Season series at Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Overall series Notes
2010 Jets 2–0 Jets
38–14
Jets
38–7
Bills
54–47
Jets and Giants open MetLife Stadium (then known as New Meadowlands Stadium).
2011 Jets 2–0 Jets
27–11
Jets
28–24
Bills
54–49
2012 Tie 1–1 Bills
28–9
Jets
48–28
Bills
55–50
Jets win sixth straight meeting before losing season finale to Bills.
2013 Tie 1–1 Bills
37–14
Jets
27–20
Bills
56–51
2014 Bills 2–0 Bills
38–3
Bills
43–23
Bills
58–51
Bills home game moved to Ford Field in Detroit due to inclement weather.
2015 Bills 2–0 Bills
22–17
Bills
22–17
Bills
60–51
Bills hire Rex Ryan, eliminate Jets from playoff contention in week 17.
2016 Jets 2–0 Jets
37–31
Jets
30–10
Bills
60–53
2017 Tie 1–1 Bills
21–12
Jets
34–21
Bills
61–54
2018 Tie 1–1 Jets
27–23
Bills
41–10
Bills
62–55
First meeting between Sam Darnold and Josh Allen
2019 Tie 1–1 Jets
13–6
Bills
17–16
Bills
63–56
Bills overcome 16–0 deficit and four turnovers to win 17–16 at MetLife Stadium.
2020s (Bills, 4–0)
Season Season series at Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Overall series Notes
2020 Bills 2–0 Bills
27–17
Bills
18–10
Bills
65–56
Bills overcome 10–0 deficit on the road despite never scoring a touchdown to win. Bills sweep division for the first time in franchise history.
2021 Bills 2–0 Bills
27–10
Bills
45–17
Bills
67–56
Bills clinch AFC East against the Jets in their week 18 meeting in Buffalo. With New England loss
2022 December 11 November 6
Summary of Results
Season Season series at Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Notes
AFL regular season Bills 11–9 Bills 7–3 Jets 6–4
NFL regular season Bills 54–47 Bills 27–23 Bills 27–24 Jets won a game in Toronto, Bills won a game in Detroit (both were Bills home games)
AFL and NFL regular season Bills 66–56 Bills 35–26 Bills 31–30
NFL postseason Bills 1–0 no games Bills 1–0 1981 AFC Wild Card playoffs
Regular and postseason Bills 67–56 Bills 35–26 Bills 32–30

Connections between the teams

Coaches

The most notable connection between the Bills and Jets has been Rex Ryan, who carried over many of his staff from the Jets when he was hired as the Bills' head coach.

Name Position(s) Years on Bills Years on Jets
Rex Ryan Head coach 2015–16 2009–14
Mike Pettine Defensive coordinator 2013 2009–2012
David Lee Quarterbacks coach 2012, 2015–16 2013-14
Chan Gailey Head coach/Offensive coordinator 2010–2012 2015–2016
Anthony Lynn Running backs coach/Offensive coordinator 2015–16 2009–14
Dennis Thurman Defensive backs coach/Defensive coordinator 2015–16 2008–14
Rick Dennison Offensive coordinator/Offensive line coach 2017 2018
Gregg Williams Head coach/Defensive coordinator 2001–2003 2019–2020

Players

Several players have been members of both teams during their careers, including:

Name Position(s) Years on Bills Years on Jets
Brad Smith Wide receiver/Kickoff returner 2011–13 2006–10
Aaron Maybin Linebacker/Defensive end 2009–10 2011–12
Ryan Fitzpatrick Quarterback 2009–12 2015–16
David Nelson Wide receiver 2010–12 2013–14
Percy Harvin Wide receiver 2015–16 2014
IK Enemkpali Linebacker 2015–16 2014
Andre Roberts Wide receiver/kick returner 2019–2020 2018
Brian Winters Guard 2020 2013–2019
Shaq Lawson Defensive end 2016–2019 2021

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