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

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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