Revis stars in T.O.

STEVE SIMMONS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

So much for T.O. in T.O.

More like Darrelle Revis all over T.O. and the Buffalo Bills in T.O.

You don't know Darrelle Revis? You should now. He is Deion Sanders without the show. Maybe better. He covered Terrell Owens. He covered Lee Evans. He covered the middle of the field. Sometimes all of that at the same time.

"That was a big matchup for us," Buffalo Bills coach Perry Fewell said. "We didn't win many of those matchups. We couldn't get Lee free to win any of his matchups either. It was a tough night, not only for T.O., but for Lee."

Owens caught three passes for the Bills in their 19-13 loss to the New York Jets, Buffalo's 10th consecutive prime time defeat.

Revis, the Jets' star corner, caught one.

"He dropped like two interceptions," Jets coach Rex Ryan said, somewhat in jest.

Had he caught all three, that would have equalled him with Owens on the night in terms of balls caught. Evans caught just one pass.

The corner with a unanimous decision over the NFL's loudest wide receiver.

This is the kind of defensive athlete you see in the National Football League and you don't see at any other level.

This is why this Bills In Toronto, while not doing much for the Bills except bringing in cash, is worth watching. This is the big time and Revis, who got such little notice in the buildup to the one NFL game of the season in Toronto, is a name and a face and a player to remember.

"I'm undefeated here in Canada," said Ryan, the coach who grew up in Toronto. "Hopefully, we'll get to play some more games here."

And after all the buildup, the analysis, the angst over an NFL game being played at the home of a Canadian Football League team, what was left was a football game. Not a great game, but not the terrible game we saw a year ago. The Jets were efficient. They ran the ball. They lost their starting quarterback and found a way to hang in there. They killed clock and some of the game's momentum. If this was hockey, they would have called it the perfect road game.

Except the Jets thought this was more neutral site than road.

For coach Ryan, this was a homecoming of sorts, however brief. This is where he spent so much of his youth. There may not have been a Rogers Centre then, but he had memories of Maple Leaf Gardens and Exhibition Stadium and drinking underage at the Jolly Miller.

And now the memories of a victory that may sneak the Jets back into the playoff race in the AFC.

MOMENTS

At least, for the exploited crowd of 51,567 -- yes, almost all the seats were filled in what the NFL called a sellout -- there were moments, there were athletes to watch. There was something we haven't seen much of around here the last few seasons -- football plays by football players.

Braylon Edwards made a terrific play for one touchdown, made a leaping athletic catch, falling backward and hanging on to the ball on another, and he dropped a wide-open long bomb that should have seen him score earlier: An erratic kind of night for the NFL's erratic receivers.

"I think he lost that one in the lights," said coach Ryan, who spread all kinds of sarcasm in his post-game news conference.

"I don't know how they catch fly balls in here. He looked up and I guess he lost it. It hit him right in the helmet.

"Maybe next time he should try using his hands."

But the star of Game 2 of the Bills In Toronto clearly was Revis. The Bills couldn't throw the ball, couldn't run the ball and couldn't find any other way to get their offence going.

They were one-for-11 on third-down conversions. Everywhere Revis went the football somehow followed.

And somehow, while losing starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, while dropping balls and missing plays, the Jets still found a way to beat the Buffalo Bills.

Afterward, Ryan was perturbed that his quarterback, Sanchez, was injured on a run when he should have been doing the quarterback slide.

"He's a knucklehead," Ryan said. "But he's our knucklehead and we love him."

STEVE.SIMMONS@SUNMEDIA.CA


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