By Jay Skurski
While one rookie continues to struggle, another has made a big play to keep the Buffalo Bills in today’s game.
Rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso perfectly read Jets quarterback Geno Smith, intercepting him and returning the ball 32 yards to the New York 13-yard line. Alonso became the first Bills rookie to intercept passes in consecutive games since Jairus Byrd in 2009.
The Bills’ offense led by rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, however, continues to struggle horribly. After two runs by Fred Jackson on the drive set up by Alonso's interception, Manuel threw out of bounds, intended for T.J. Graham. It was a continutation of a game-long struggle for the Bills' rookie quarterback.
Fumble? Nope: The Bills’ defense thought it had forced another turnover earlier in the third quarter when the Jets’ Santonio Holmes was originally ruled to have made a catch and then fumbled. However, after a replay review, the play was ruled an incompletion.
Challenges lost: Jets coach Rex Ryan used up two challenges in the third quarter, losing them both. Ryan first challenged the spot on a New York running play, and it was upheld. Later, Ryan challenged that Bills receiver Stevie Johnson did not get both feet inbounds on a reception. The replay review showed that Johnson did make the catch.
Carpenter busy: Bills kicker Dan Carpenter added two more field goals in the third quarter, giving him four for the game. Carpenter, signed as an injury replacement for rookie Dustin Hopkins, is 6 of 7 on field goals this season.
taggedDan Carpenter | Dustin Hopkins | EJ Manuel | Fred Jackson | Kiko Alonso | Stevie Johnson