Niagara Gazette — ORCHARD PARK — For Bills safety Jairus Byrd, there was nothing like the sight of watching Jets backup quarterback Matt Simms trot out on the field early in the fourth quarter Sunday.
To Byrd, that was a signal that he and Buffalo’s defense had done its job in thoroughly rattling rookie starter Geno Smith.
“It sits great with us,” Byrd said. “Any time you can do that, it means we’re being relentless out there.”
That was the case from start to finish as the Bills defense and blustery winds gusting up to 30 mph proved too much for Smith and the Jets to handle in Buffalo’s dominating 37-14 victory.
Byrd had two interceptions. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams had two sacks and forced a fumble. And, safety Da’Norris Searcy returned another Smith interception 32 yards for a touchdown as Buffalo turned four turnovers by the quarterback into 17 points.
The Bills got after Smith from the Jets’ opening possession. That’s when defensive tackle Marcell Dareus briefly knocked the quarterback out of the game by hitting him in the mid-section.
“First play of the game, I knew that we had him,” Dareus said. “We got a big lick on him, and he kind of rolled around. We knew right then we were in his head. From then on, he looked crazy, looked scattered.”
The Bills (4-7) snapped a three-game skid and enter their bye week by winning for only the second time in seven games.
The Jets (5-5), coming off their bye, continued their string of inconsistent outings by becoming the NFL’s first team to alternate wins and losses through the first 10 games of the season.
Smith, a second-round pick out of West Virginia, went 8 of 23 for 103 yards passing, and was blunt in assessing his outing.
“The way I can sum up this game is awful,” Smith said. “I couldn’t hit anything today. I just wasn’t hitting the mark.”