The Buffalo Bills fell to the Jets on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium by a final score of 20-17 as they let a 14-3 lead slip through their fingers.
The Bills were held without a touchdown in the second half for the second week in a row and QB Josh Allen threw 2 INTs for the second consecutive game. They fall to 6-2 on the season, snapping their 4-game winning streak, and go to 0-2 in the AFC East. The silver lining is that Buffalo remains in first place in the division.
With the game tied at 17-17 in the 4th quarter, the Jets drove 86 yards on 13 plays, consuming 6:10 off the clock as resulting in a go-ahead field goal with 1:45 remaining. The Bills got the ball back for one last drive but had no timeouts.
Josh Allen appeared to find Stefon Diggs for a gain across midfield on the first play of the drive but it was called back due to a holding penalty. Allen then hit Gabe Davis for a gain of 18 to set up second down but the next play was a strip sack by the Jets and recovered by the Bills at their own 14 yard line.
Allen's third down pass was incomplete and then on fourth down, the QB chucked it downfield to Davis but he was covered heavily by CB Sauce Gardner and the pass was incomplete to seal the Bills' defeat.
It was an uncharacteristic game from the Bills on both sides of the ball. Allen threw an interception on the first series of the game and failed to throw for a TD for the first time this season.
He was able to help the offense get points on the board late in the first quarter and into the second with two rushing TDs, including a 36-yard one where he dove across the pylon to get in to make it 14-3.
The Jets made it 14-10 before halftime on a TD by RB Michael Carter.
In the second half, the Bills defense stepped up with a strip sack by Von Miller and a recovery by AJ Epenesa. Unfortunately, the Bills gave it right back as Allen was intercepted on a pass intended for Dawson Knox.
The Jets took the lead late in the third quarter on a TD pass from Zach Wilson to RB James Robinson to make it 17-14.
Tyler Bass tied the game up midway through the fourth quarter on a 51-yard field goal but the Jets were able to go down the field and went back on top with Greg Zuerlein's 28-yard field goal.
The Bills have yet to win a game against a team in their own division, though both games have been on the road. Four of Buffalo's final nine games will be against AFC East teams.
Here's other stats and things to know from the game:
- Stefon Diggs did not have a reception in a half for the second time in the last two years.
- Von Miller (122.5) surpassed Simeon Rice (122.0) for 20th place on the all-time sack list.
- Josh Allen is now tied with Steve Grogan and Randall Cunningham for the 8th most rushing TDs all-time by a QB and trails Mike Vick (7th - 36) by one rushing TD.
- Allen led the Bills with 86 rushing yards on 9 attempts.
- Newly acquired RB Nyheim Hines did not record a catch or carry.
- After Diggs' 93 receiving yards, no one on the Bills had more than 33 (Gabe Davis).
- Safety Damar Hamlin led the team with 12 total tackles
- Jets only blitzed twice the entire game according to ESPN Stats& info, 2nd lowest amount in Josh Allen's career.
- Josh Allen's incomplete pass on the Bills' final play intended for Gabe Davis traveled 69.3 yards in the air, the longest pass attempt over the last six seasons. Sauce Gardner was able to close in on Davis to create a tight window — from 2.4 yards at throw to 0.4 at arrival.
- Bills had 3 players with 10+ tackles today (Damar Hamlin-12, Tremaine Edmunds-11 & Jaquan Johnson-10); first time Buffalo has had 3 players w/double-digit tackles since 9/21/14 vs. Chargers.
- With 5 receptions today, Diggs now has 60 catches this season, a new Bills record for most in a season's first 8 games (old mark, 59, was set by Eric Moulds in 2000).
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