EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Kyle Orton was efficient and the Buffalo Bills’ defense opportunistic.
The New York Jets? Well, they were just simply dreadful.
Orton completed only 10 passes, but four were for touchdowns, while the Jets had six turnovers — three each by Geno Smith and Michael Vick — in a 43-23 rout on Oct. 25.
“He went out there, made his throws and threw for four touchdowns,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “He knew exactly what he wanted to do. When you have a veteran quarterback like that, he’s going to make the right plays.”
Orton finished 10-of-17 for 238 yards, connecting with Robert Woods, Lee Smith, Scott Chandler and Sammy Watkins while tying a career high with the four TD tosses. He’s the first player with at least four touchdown passes and 10 or fewer completions in a game since Pittsburgh’s Bubby Brister against Cleveland in 1990.
Orton also won for the third time in four games since replacing EJ Manuel as the starting quarterback for the Bills (5-3).
“His poise is great,” Watkins said. “He has been great for us.”
Watkins had three catches for 157 yards, but was embarrassed when he was caught from behind while celebrating early on what appeared would be a long touchdown.
Stephon Gilmore, Preston Brown, Aaron Williams and Da’Norris Searcy had interceptions for the Bills, who sent the Jets (1-7) to their seventh straight loss.
“No doubt, our defense is incredible and one of the best in the league,” Orton said.
The Jets have lost seven in a row for the first time since 2005, in Herm Edwards’ final season as coach.
“Let me tell you,” coach Rex Ryan said, “I’m getting sick and tired of the losing, that’s for sure.”
Smith threw interceptions on three consecutive possessions in the first quarter and was pulled in favor of Vick, who was picked off once and lost two fumbles.
“We’re not a bad football team,” Jets wide receiver Eric Decker said. “We just do stupid stuff.”
(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)