Wheeler scores 3 of Jets’ 5 goals in 1st to rout Pens 7-1

A blowout win over the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions was more important to Blake Wheeler than his own outstanding performance.

Wheeler scored three of Winnipeg’s five first-period goals and added an assist in the third as the Jets routed the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1 on Sunday night.

“It’s all about getting two points. I think we’ve got every guy pushing in that direction,” he said..

“We would love for him to help us right now. But this is more about the big picture, too,” Shanahan said. “You can look into anything about when and why, but it’s hard to find, it’s hard to get opportunities in this league, and I’ve seen this my whole career, but it’s hard to come across opportunities to get guys that you believe have a chance to be your quarterback for a while.

1. The Bills’ formula is remarkably consistent: Win the turnover battle (4-0) and let Tyrod Taylor do the rest. The Bills’ defense forced four turnovers, gift-wrapping 13 points in a game that wasn’t as one-sided as the final score indicated. Give head coach Sean McDermott and his hard-hitting group credit. Even without two key members of the secondary and recently departed starter Marcell Dareus, who was traded to Jacksonville, the Bills forced turnovers with hard hitting and flying to the ball. Buffalo leads the NFL with a +14 turnover margin and is now 4-0 at home and in great shape for playoff contention at 5-2.

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Ford, who had one tackle, injured his back and left in the first half. He has dealt with back spasms this year.