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Zack Moss (20) touchdown. Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets, September 13, 2020 at Bills Stadium. Photo by Craig Melvin

Location: Bills Stadium, Orchard Park, NY

Final Score: Buffalo Bills 27, New York Jets 17

Records: Bills (1-0), Jets (0-1)

First quarter: Jets 00, Bills 14

  • One quarter in and you could feel a difference with this Bills team. The Bills looked fast and full of energy on both sides of the ball.
  • The Bills defense started out really strong forcing the Jets to go three and out in their first three drives. The Jets offense did not get past midfield in the first quarter. Darnold ended the first quarter completing only two of his eight passes for nine yards.
  • The Bills offense started their first drive with a fumble by Josh Allen on the Jets 27-yard line. Allen came back focused and led the team to back-to-back scoring drives. The first score was a two-yard run by Allen, and the second was a four-yard pass from Allen to Zack Moss. ­
  • Allen finished the first quarter 9/11 for 78 yards and 1 pass/1 rush TD.

Second quarter: Bills 21, Jets 3

  • The Bills started off the second quarter with a 14-play, 68-yard drive that ate up 7:58 of the clock. The drive ended in a touchdown, with Allen finding John Brown for a 17-yard score.
  • The Bills defense continued to make problems for the Jets in the second quarter, Trent Murphy got the Bills first sack of the season, and Matt Milano intercepted a pass from Sam Darnold on that same drive.
  • With less than two minutes left in the first half, Josh Allen coughed up his second fumble of the game, on a designed run in the red zone. After the turnover, the Jets offense drove down the field and scored a field goal to end the first half.
  • The Bills controlled the time of possession in the first half, having the ball for more than 20 minutes, while the Jets only had the ball for nine minutes. Buffalo had 223 total yards in the first half, compared to New York who had 102 yards.

Third quarter: Bills 21, Jets 10

  • To start off the second half, the Bills went three-and-out for the first time all game. The Jets next drive was stopped in its tracks with a third down sack by Mario Addison.
  • The next Bills drive stalled when the Jets sacked Josh Allen at the NYJ 20 yard-line, and Tyler Bass missed a 38-yard field goal attempt.
  • The Jets took advantage of the Bills missed opportunity and scored their first touchdown of the game. The Jets ran a wide receiver screen and Jamison Crowder broke a few tackles and scored a 69-yard touchdown.
  • Buffalo was able to drive down the field again, but it was all for not as rookie kicker Tyler Bass missed his second field goal of the game. Bass missed both kicks from 38, and 34 yards away.
  • On the Jets next drive, Tyrel Dodson ended the quarter by sacking Darnold.

Scroll through to see photos of all the action as the Bills take on the Jets during opening weekend of the 2020 football season, presented by Imagine Staffing.

Fourth quarter: Bills 27, Jets 17

  • The Jets continued their drive to start the fourth quarter, but that was quickly stopped by the Bills defense. Jordan Poyer forced Chris Herndon to fumble the ball, and it was picked up by Jerry Hughes.
  • The Bills responded with a ten play drive off of the turnover, but the team was unable to get in the endzone. Bass's number was called for a third time, and he was able to make a 22-yard field goal to put the Bills up by 14.
  • The Jets next drive stalled after three plays, and Buffalo capitalized on that by taking up six and a half minutes of the clock. The Bills eleven play drive ended in another field goal by Bass.
  • On the Jets final drive, they went down the field and scored a touchdown on a two-yard rushing play. The Jets touchdown was too little too late with 53 seconds left on the clock. The Bills got in victory formation and sealed the game up.


Josh Allen had his first game with over 300 yards passing. The first game with a 300-yard passer since Tyrod Taylor in 2016. Allen finished with 312 passing yards, 57 rushing yards and 3 TOT (2 pass, 1 rush)

Jordan Poyer forced his fifth career fumble of his career.

Before leaving with a hamstring Injury, Matt Milano snatched his fifth career interception and his first from 2018.

With the win today, the Bills defeated the same opponent in consecutive season openers for the first time in team history.

Devin Singletary had 35 scrimmage yards today, making him the ninth Bill to reach 1,000 scrimmage yards in his first 13 or fewer NFL games joining Joe Cribbs (10 games), Cookie Gilchrist (11), Marshawn Lynch (11), O.J. Simpson (12), Greg Bell (12), Bobby Burnett (13), Terry Miller (13), and Willis McGahee (13).

Bills inactives: QB Jake Fromm, RB T.J. Yeldon, DE A.J. Epenesa, OL Ike Boettger, TE Lee Smith, DT Vernon Butler

Jets inactives: QB Joe Flacco, QB James Morgan, WR Denzel Mims, RB La'Mical Perine, DL Bryce Huff, LB Avery Williamson, DL John Franklin Myers

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