DETROIT — This time, the Buffalo Bills didn’t carry Jim Schwartz out of Ford Field.
The way they humiliated the New York Jets Monday night, he might have deserved it.
The Bills, led by Schwartz’s defense, dominated in every facet of the game in a 38-3 victory that left Rex Ryan too stunned to show his trademark temper.
"That was a horrible performance," Ryan said during a press conference that seemed more defeated than defiant. "We had a great week of practice, and I truly believed we were going to have a heck of a game. That obviously didn’t happen."
By the end of the game, Michael Vick was limping around the sidelines, having been pulled from the game for his own safety. Vick completed just seven of 19 passes and was sacked five times.
"I got kicked in the calf, and I could have gone back in the game," Vick said. "But Coach said I had been beaten up enough for one night.
"I’ve got to watch the films and figure out what happened because we couldn’t get into a rhythm. We couldn’t make any plays, and we never got anything going."
Geno Smith had more success after replacing Vick, going 10-for-12 and getting sacked only twice, but the game was long out of reach by that point.
"I can’t tell you what they were doing when Mike was in there because I wasn’t on the field, but they were obviously flying around," Smith said. "Obviously, we have to figure out what we went wrong because this was, in my opinion, a terrible showing tonight."
For the Bills, it was a spectacular ending to a week that started with them unable to practice after Buffalo was buried by a lake-effect snowstorm and ended with a "home" game on the wrong end of Lake Erie.
"I just want to go home," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "I told the players that is the best part of this. We can go home after a long, long week."
The win was Buffalo’s second of the season in Detroit, but the two games couldn’t have been more different. Last month, Dan Carpenter’s 58-yard field goal gave the Bills a 17-14 victory and got Schwartz carried off the field where he had been an unsuccessful head coach.
This time, they scored on their first possession of the game and never looked back.
"Every time someone has a chance to step up and make a play, they did it," Kyle Orton said. "This was a big win for us, and hopefully, it will propel us forward."
The biggest thing for Bills, though, was the crowd. Despite the city being buried under up to seven feet of snow, the game drew 56,044 fans, most of whom were wearing Buffalo blue.
"This was definitely for the Buffalo community," said Boobie Dixon, who had a rushing touchdown and a blocked punt that was recovered for another score. "I know they are struggling back home, and we’re about to go back there and struggle with them. We rallied together, and it was for them."
Tight end Scott Chandler, who needed a snowmobile to get out of his neighborhood before making the trip to Detroit, paid homage to the city by miming snow shoveling after catching a touchdown pass.
"It was a little bit of a tribute to the people of Buffalo," he said. "They did a great job of showing up for us tonight, and for the people still back there, we’re behind you."