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Buffalo Bills Beat New York Jets in Finale, to Draft Eighth; 2013 Opponents Released

December 30th, 2012 at 7:25 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills moved up a few spots in the 2013 NFL Draft by beating the New York Jets on Sunday, 28-9.

The win was Buffalo's largest of the season. Buffalo actually briefly trailed in the second quarter, 9-7, before scoring three touchdowns to put the game away.

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The first Bills' points came thanks to Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who threw an interception to Bryan Scott that was returned 20 yards for a touchdown. The Jets kicked two second-quarter field goals, but C.J. Spiller took a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass 66 yards for a touchdown late in the half to give Buffalo a 14-9 lead.

Both teams languished in the third quarter before two late scored capped the season for Buffalo. Brad Smith scored on a four-yard run out of the Wildcat formation early in the fourth quarter, and Tashard Choice added six points on a 13-yard run in the final 70 seconds.

Stevie Johnson finished with 111 yards on six catches for his third 100-yard game in the last six. Spiller got a season-high 24 carries but managed only 59 rushing yards. Fitzpatrick finished a very Fitz-like 12-of-26 for 225 yards and the one touchdown.

The win moved the Bills up in the draft order from sixth to eighth. Here is the top 10 draft order; strength of opponent schedule is the draft tiebreaker.

  1. Kansas City (2-14)
  2. Jacksonville (2-14)
  3. Oakland (4-12)
  4. Philadelphia (4-12)
  5. Detroit (4-12)
  6. Cleveland (5-11)
  7. Arizona (5-11)
  8. Buffalo (6-10)
  9. Jets (6-10)
  10. Tennessee (6-10)

The Bills also clinched last place in the AFC East for the fifth straight year; they tied the Jets at 6-10 but were lower via tiebreaker. That results in their 2013 schedule including the following teams. The days and times will be determined in April.

  • HOME: Miami, Jets, New England, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City
  • AWAY: Miami, Jets, New England, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville
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