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UFC Jon Jones Stops Mugging

December 6, 2011 by staff 

UFC Jon Jones Stops Mugging, A Week 9 defeat to the New York Jets was the beginning of the Buffalo Bills’ current slide. Trying to end that skid and remain a playoff contender only will only get tougher without their star running back on board.

Looking to avoid a fourth consecutive loss, the beleaguered Bills try for some rare success against a Jets team that is hoping to end their own rough stretch Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Mired in a three-game skid where its has been outscored 106-26, Buffalo’s once promising season took another blow when the team announced Wednesday that Fred Jackson(notes) will miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his lower right leg.

Third in the NFL with 934 rushing yards, Jackson was on pace for a career season. Now, the Bills turn to underachieving 2010 first-round pick C.J. Spiller(notes), who has run for 398 yards and one touchdown on 95 carries in 24 career games.

“My feeling is that if you’ve got a team that is that fragile, you’re in trouble,” Buffalo coach Chan Gailey said. “I believe we have guys that understand about fighting through tough times and fighting through adversity.”

The Bills, who like the Jets (5-5) are two games behind first-place New England in the AFC East, have no choice but to fight on if they want to avoid a 12th straight season without a playoff appearance.

Led by Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes), Buffalo averaged 32.8 points while winning four of its first five games. However, it’s put up just 14.3 per contest over the last five.

“We’re trying to figure out some answers, and looking to see some results this week,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick needs to regain the form that allowed him to throw for 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2010. Though he’s completing a career-high 63.6 percent of his passes, Fitzpatrick has thrown 16 TDs and 14 interceptions – one fewer pick than his entire 2010 total. Eleven of those interceptions have come over the last six games.

He also has thrown three touchdowns against eight picks during a four-game November losing streak dating to last season. Fitzpatrick was intercepted twice while going 15 of 31 for 191 yards in a 27-11 home loss to New York on Nov. 6.

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