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For Fitzpatrick, Jets' revenge on Bills runs deep

USA TODAY Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes looks at the three biggest story lines heading into this week’s games.
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ORCHARD PARK, NY – Ryan Fitzpatrick took quite the break from the “Rex Hex” upon another return to his old stomping grounds on Thursday night.

The New York Jets quarterback, who entered the game against the Buffalo Bills with a career record of 1-8 against Rex Ryan-coached teams, came out on fire to spark a 37-31 victory.

He passed for 374 yards and committed none of the costly errors that doomed him in the past to extract a measure of revenge against his former team.

“It means a little bit more than a regular game,” admitted Fitzpatrick, who played four much-maligned seasons with the Bills.

His big night went a long way toward spoiling the festive atmosphere at New Era Field that was stoked in honoring legendary Bills star Bruce Smith, whose iconic No. 78 jersey was retired during a halftime ceremony.

Smith, the NFL’s all-time sack leader, is the second former Bills player to…

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