In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Watkins caught a pass from quarterback Kyle Orton near the 50-yard line and looked to have a clear path to an 89-yard touchdown, but he slowed down to celebrate around the 15-yard line, allowing the Jets' Saalim Hakim to catch up and tackle Watkins around the 5-yard line.
Two plays later, fullback Frank Summers ran for a two-yard touchdown to extend the Bills' lead to 21-7. They led 24-14 at halftime over New York.
Watkins, a rookie, had 35 receptions for 433 yards and four touchdowns entering Sunday's game. The near touchdown reception was his first catch of the day.
The Bills entered Sunday at 4-3 and in second place in the AFC East. The Jets were 1-6 and in last place in the division.
- Ben Estes