Buffalo Bills drop its second division contest of the year to the New York Jets at the Meadowlands to fall to 6-2 on the year
The Buffalo Bills began its first drive in excellent field position after a botched kickoff gave the offense a drive start at its own 45-yard line.
On its first play, Josh Allen found Stefon Diggs for a 42-yard pitch-and-catch, which set up Buffalo’s offense in scoring position.
On a rollout by Allen, Jets’ safety, Jordan Whitehead stepped in front of an arrant throw and halted Buffalo’s first possession with an interception.
After the New York Jets went three-and-out, the Bills open the scoring at 7-0 with a one-yard sneak from Josh Allen.
In response to Buffalo’s scoring drive, Zach Wilson and New York’s offense got on the board with a 53-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to cut Buffalo’s lead to four.
After the teams traded punts, Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense looked like a high-powered unit.
Devin Singletary kept the drive from ending in disaster when he tipped a high pass from Allen to himself, for an eight-yard gain. Following Singletary’s spectacular effort, on the next play, Allen sprinted 36 yards into the end zone on a designed quarterback run around the left side.
The Jets did not turtle before the half though. Wilson led a nearly six-minute, 13-play, 75-yard drive, capped off with a six-yard run by Michael Carter to cut the lead to 14-10 heading into the half.
On the first possession of the third quarter, the Jets employed a dash of trickery when they faked a punt, which caught Buffalo by surprise, to keep its drive alive.
However, once the Jets reached the red zone, the Bills’ defense came to life. Von Miller tallied his seventh sack of the year when he took down Wilson and forced a fumble to give the ball back to Buffalo.
On Buffalo’s ensuing possession, Allen threw his second interception of the contest and the Jets cashed in to take its first lead in the ballgame at 17-14.
After tying the score at 17 with a 51-yard field goal by Tyler Bass, the Jets again controlled the pace of the game; holding the ball for more than six minutes on a 13-play 86-yard drive and taking the lead at 20-17.
The Bills failed to do anything substantial on offense the rest of the way and fell to 6-2 in the standings.
Next week, the Bills are home at Highmark Stadium against the Minnesota Vikings, on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST.