Josh Allen and the Bills get sweet revenge in a defensive struggle vs. Jets

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In the early slate of games, we saw plenty of madness ensue. The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets featured the last remaining early game to see either team score, as it started with 10 punts in a row.

Around the AFC, meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars were taking care of the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans nearly pulled off an upset over the Dallas Cowboys. But, in New York, the Bills were having quite the battle of their own.

If you were to suggest that the Bills would see quarterback Josh Allen finish with his lowest passing total, by far, of the season, and still come out with the win, most would have assumed you were out of your mind.

But, that’s exactly what happened. Allen finished the game with just 130 net yards on 16 of 27 passing. His lone touchdown, though, was the game’s first touchdown and the play of the game to Dawson Knox.

Josh Allen may have had his lowest passing output of the season, thus far, but the Bills defense remained stout.

Knox’s touchdown finally broke the goose egg for both teams, but neither club put up a boat load of points, by any means. The Bills only won by a score of 20-12, but it was a win nonetheless. It also happened to be their fourth-straight victory.

If you looked at the box score, a few things would jump out. The Bills were out-gained by the Jets on offense, 309 yards to just 232. New York’s quarterbacks — Joe Flacco came in for a couple of plays for an injured Mike White — combined to pass for more than Allen, too, with 233 net passing yards.

In the end, though, it was the turnover battle that won the game. Buffalo stayed clean and didn’t turn it over at all. However, the Jets lost two fumbles — one of those by Flacco, who hardly played.

The rest of the afternoon doesn’t matter a whole lot, now, as the Bills will ride into Week 15 still holding onto the number one seed in the AFC. Bills fans can sit back and relax, while enjoying the remainder of the games.

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Next week, the Bills take on the Miami Dolphins in a special Saturday matchup. It’ll be a second-straight divisional game, which could end up being crucial by season’s end. If Buffalo can come away with a victory over the Dolphins, they’ll head into a fairly easy matchup with the Bears feeling supremely confident.