Buffalo Bills drop one-score game to Jets in Week 17
By Randy Gurzi
The Buffalo Bills had nothing to play for and ended up losing by a score of 13-6 to the New York Jets. At least they stayed mostly healthy for the playoffs.
Heading into the final week of the season, the Buffalo Bills didn’t have anything to play for. They were already locked in as the No. 5 seed, which is the top Wild Card spot.
That wasn’t changing with a win or a loss, so the only thing they really needed to do against the New York Jets was stay healthy. With that being the case, the question all week was whether or not the starters were going to play.
Buffalo ended up playing their top guys but that didn’t last long. Starting quarterback Josh Allen threw just three passes and then left the game in favor of Matt Barkley.
Even with backups playing, and Barkley throwing two picks, the Bills stayed in the game but a 10-point fourth quarter for New York gave them a 13-6 win.
Allen was pulled shortly after cornerback Levi Wallace was injured on a non-contact play. That might have forced head coach Sean McDermott‘s hand as he wants to make sure his offense is able to compete in the postseason.
Buffalo finished the year with a 10-6 record, which is their first double-digit winning season since 1999.
Seeing them win 11 games would have been nice but they did the smart thing by allowing the starters to get a few snaps — to avoid too much rust ‚— and then getting them off the field and prepare for their game next week.