The New York Jets were defeated yet again this afternoon. This time, at the hands of the Buffalo Bills by a final score of 18-10. The Jets now fall to 0-7 and are swept by the Bills for the first time since 2015. While expected, it was a frustrating finish, considering how close the game was. This is because it was the best chance of victory that New York has had all season. Subsequently, it had been the first loss that the Jets have had by one possession. Their prior six losses were all by at least two possessions.
Thus, although the result was disappointing, the team deserves some credit. They were able to hold the Bills to six field goals and no touchdowns. The Jets scored the first ten points of the game and looked like they could take control. The Bills defense held them in check and prevented the Jets from scoring after the half. Sam Darnold struggled in his return, going 12/23 with only 120 yards thrown and two interceptions. His quarterback rating was 31.1.
Jets Control First Quarter:
The Jets started with an impressive drive that led to a field goal for New. They were able to get five first downs during the drive. That included a couple shotguns to Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine. Also, there were two short left passes and one short middle pass to Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims, and La’Mical Perine. It was nice to see Mims get a piece of the action early in his first career NFL start.
The drive would end with a 29-yard field goal attempt, which was good, from Sergio Castillo. The Bills would then take over. However, their drive would only last 2:31. The final drive for New York would result in a turnover on downs, which carried over into the second quarter after the Jets failed to convert on 4th and 1.
The second quarter continued with the Bills struggling against the Jets defense. Overall, there were six drives between the two clubs, three for each team.
Buffalo would start their first drive of the quarter on their 19-yard line after the Jets turned over the ball on downs. Buffalo’s drive would last about three minutes, where they would get to the Jets 14-yard line. However, on 3rd and goal, John-Franklin Myers of the Jets would recover a Josh Allen fumble on The Jets 20-yard Line. The Jets ended up taking advantage of the fumble return as they would get a touchdown on their next drive.
At 7:22, La’Mical Perine would rush for a 5-yd touchdown to put the Jets up 10-0. The Bills would then respond with a field goal, putting the Jets in a good position heading into the half. Or so you would think. The Jets would take the ball down the field late. However, with 49 seconds to go, the ball would change sides. Dane Jackson intercepted Darnold’s deep left pass attempt on 2nd & 10 at the Jets 46-yard line.
Naturally, this ended up being what Buffalo needed to turn their fortunes around. They took The ball down the field to the Jets 30-yard line where kicker Tyler Bass’s 48-yard kick would be good. As a result, you could see the momentum shifting in Buffalo’s direction.
Although the third quarter was relatively quiet offensively, the Bills could scratch two field goals across. As a result, they would take a 12-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Jets offensive drives were both under two minutes meaning the defense spent most of the time on the field. They kept the Bills in check to an extent, however, as they were able to prevent any touchdowns. The Bills first 3rd quarter drive was affected by a Brian Winters penalty, who pushed the Bills back on 1st and 10 to 2nd and 21.
The Bills would not be able to overcome as Allen would throw an incomplete pass on 3rd and 18. However, the Bills did not go away empty-handed as Bass would finish the drive with a perfect 46-yard field goal. The offense got the ball back and went empty-handed, setting up another Buffalo drive, which ultimately ended in a 37-yard kick from Bass, which was good as well.
The 4th quarter did not end up any better, as the Bills defense continued to hold the Jets offense down. Offensively, the Bills would rely yet again on their kicker Tyler Bass to get two field goals.
Kudos to the Jets defense for keeping the Bills offense in check as they didn’t allow a single touchdown. The fourth quarter had the most total drives of the game with seven, with the Bills having four and the Jets, three. The Jets three drives lasted for a combined 2:58, which is why they were unable to get back into the game.
The two Bills field goals were from 29 yards and 40 yards, respectively. The Jets would get the ball back on the Jets 25-yard line for the last chance comeback. However, an incomplete pass, two sacks, and an interception ended those hopes as Buffalo would get the ball back and kneel for the win.
Jets Surprisingly Keep Pace With Buffalo
It was a surprisingly competitive game for the Jets as they held Buffalo to only 18 points without surrendering a touchdown. Unfortunately, the offense was unable to pick up their defense as they would not score again after La’Mical Perine’s five-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
Also, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano and the NY Post’s Brian Costello revealed that Adam Gase handed over play-calling duties to Offensive Coordinator Dowell Loggains. Although the offense could only muster ten points, you could tell there was a different feel to this game than past weeks. Gase got the job based on his reputation of being an offensive guru. Jets owner Christopher Johnson called Gase a “brilliant offensive mind.” However, all of that ended being far from the truth.
After his first year as OC of the Denver Broncos, he has been unable to replicate his success. He’s never once had a top-20 offense in yardage, and only once did one of his teams be in the top 20 in points scored, the 2017 Dolphins. After contemplating a change, it seems Gase finally let up and gave up his play-calling duties, which will probably prove to be for the better.
Looking Ahead For Gang Green
The Jets, who are now 0-7, will now head to Kansas City for a date with the Chiefs. That will be then followed by a Monday night tilt against New England. After that, the Jets will be off for a week before they head to Los Angeles to face Justin Herbert’s Chargers. As the Jets and their fans continue to look forward to Trevor Lawrence, it’s looking like a realistic scenario. Realistically, the Jets schedule is so brutal that they are very likely to finish 0-16. And for that reason, it’s fair to assume the struggles will last the rest of the way. But in the end, it may very well be worth it as the Jets have their eye on the prize.