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Cro, Joe & Rex: Did You Know for Jets-Buffalo

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Did you know these facts and connections for our second home game of the season against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at MetLife Stadium?

■ The very first game in our franchise's history was held Sept. 11, 1960, when the New York Titans defeated the Buffalo Bills 27-3 before a crowd of 10,200 at New York's Polo Grounds.

■ QB Joe Namath, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the New York Jets Ring of Honor, made the first start of his pro career vs. Buffalo in 1965.

Antonio Cromartie's INT-return touchdown at MetLife Stadium last year was our 32nd return TD of any kind vs. the Bills, the most against any NFL opponent.

■ Our overall defense is 2nd in the NFL this week, the first time we've been ranked that high since we finished the 2009 season as the No. 1 defense in the league.

■ First-year Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone was the Jets' offensive line coach from 2002-05.

■ The Jets' last 200-yard rusher was Thomas Jones, who rumbled for a franchise-record 210 yards on 22 carries against Buffalo in 2009.

■ The last 200-yard rusher allowed by the Jets was the Bills' Thurman Thomas, who ran for 214 yards on 18 carries in 1990.

■ We've won four of the last five meetings against the Bills in the Meadowlands, giving us a 27-25 home edge in this original AFL rivalry.

Jeremy Kerley's 68-yard punt return last September vs. BUF was our first home punt-return TD in a decade, or since Santana Moss went 63 yards vs. CLE on Oct. 27, 2002.

■ Mike Devlin, our offensive line coach and a Jets assistant coach since 2006, was Buffalo's 5th-round pick out of Iowa in 1993.

■ WR Wesley Walker and QB Ken O'Brien connected on the longest scrimmage play in our history, a 96-yard touchdown pass that helped the Jets defeat the Bills on Dec. 8, 1985.

■ Before today's QB matchup between Geno Smith and the Bills' EJ Manuel, the only other time rookie QBs started in a Jets game was in 1987 when David Norrie faced the Cowboys' Kevin Sweeney.

■ Chad Morton became the only player in NFL history to return kickoffs for TDs in both regulation and overtime as the Jets defeated the Bills 37-31 on opening day in 2002.

■ Jets head coach Rex Ryan is 6-2 for his career against Buffalo, the most wins for Rex against any NFL opponent.

■ In last year's season opener vs. BUF, Stephen Hill joined Al Dorow as only the second player to score 2 touchdowns in his first game as a member of our franchise.

■ New Bills K Dan Carpenter, who spent a week on our roster this preseason, is 18-for-20 for his career in FG attempts vs. the Jets, with both misses coming last year @ MIA.

■ First-year Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was Rex Ryan's D-coordinator with the Jets from 2009-12.

■ Six first-round selections from the 2006 NFL Draft are active for today's game: C Nick Mangold, T D'Brickashaw Ferguson, CB Antonio Cromartie and WR Santonio Holmes for the Jets, DE Mario Williams and LB Manny Lawson for BUF.

■ Jets CB/special teams standout Ellis Lankster was a 7th-round selection of the Bills in the 2009 draft.

■ Ex-Jets defensive players Jim Leonhard, Jamaal Westerman and Marcus Dowtin all played for the Bills in their first two games this season.

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