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GAME RECAP: Matt Barkley leads Bills to dominant victory over the Jets

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Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Regular season records: Buffalo (3-7), New York (3-7)

In a nutshell:

A total team effort allowed Buffalo to defy the odds in its Week 10 contest with the Jets, leaving New York with a 41-10 victory.

Matt Barkley led the way for the Bills offensively, completing 15 passes for 232 yards and two scores. LeSean McCoy had his best outing of the 2018 season on Sunday, rushing for 113 yards on 26 carries. The 30-year-old found the end zone twice.

Buffalo’s defense matched the offense’s excellence in Week 10, holding New York to just 10 points and 12 first downs. Tremaine Edmunds led the team in tackles on the day, totaling eight.

With the win, the Bills improved to 3-7 on the season.

How it went down:

  • Buffalo wasted little time in finding the end zone on Sunday. On his first passing attempt as a Bill, Matt Barkley connected with Robert Foster on a 47-yard bomb. LeSean McCoy ran the ball in from 28-yards out on the next play to give Buffalo the early lead (7-0).
  • The Bills’ third offensive drive of the day was perhaps their most peculiar of the season. After stalling out at midfield, Buffalo picked up a new set of downs after Logan Thomas completed a pass to Foster on a fake punt. Barkley and company then drove down the field, eventually setting up shop in the red zone. With just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter, Barkley connected with Zay Jones in front of New York’s end zone, who fumbled the ball as he dove for the goal line. The ball rolled into the end zone and was recovered by Jason Croom, giving the Bills a two-score lead (14-0).
  • Buffalo’s offense continued to put on a show late in the first, as Barkley found Jones for a 33-yard completion with just over one-minute remaining in the frame. The drive stalled out, however, and the Bills settled for a 54-yard Stephen Hauschka field goal (17-0).
  • Buffalo capped off a nine-play, 64-yard series in the most unlikely of ways - with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Dion Dawkins. The second-year left tackle got off his block and strolled unguarded into the end zone midway through the second quarter. Barkley found him for his first touchdown pass as a Bill (24-0).
  • A 26-yard yard rush by McCoy gave the Bills a fresh set of downs at the Jets’ 26-yard line. Marcus Murphy then picked up an additional 17 yards on his eighth rush of the day. McCoy punched the ball in from one-yard out with less than one minute remaining in the half to add to the Bills’ lead (31-0).
  • The Jets got the ball back with 40 seconds remaining in the first half. Josh McCown led New York 26 yards down the field and into field goal range. Jason Myers was true from 55-yards out as time expired (31-3).
  • New York constructed its best offensive drive of the day early in the second half, a seven-play, 73-yard series that resulted in an Isaiah Crowell touchdown run. The Jets’ rushing attack found success on the drive, as Crowell and Trenton Cannon combined for 48 rushing yards (31-10).
  • Barkley found Foster on another deep pass in the third quarter, this one for 43 yards. The quarterback quickly connected with Jones in the back of the end zone for his second touchdown pass of the day (38-10).
  • The Bills surpassed the 40-point mark late in the contest. A nine-play drive stalled out deep in New York territory, and Hauschka added three points to Buffalo’s lead with just over three minutes remaining in the game (41-10).
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Subplots:

  • LeSean McCoy eclipsed the 14,000 career scrimmage yards mark on Sunday, becoming the 22nd running back in NFL history to hit the milestone.
  • On the first play from scrimmage, Barkley connected with Robert Foster on a 47-yard pass, the longest completion of Barkley’s career.
  • LT Dion Dawkins caught a touchdown pass on Sunday, the first of his NFL career. Dawkins became the first Buffalo lineman to catch a touchdown pass since Jason Peters did so in 2005.
  • Zay Jones set new career highs on Sunday, catching eight passes for 93 yards.
  • Robert Foster caught three passes for 105 yards on Sunday, becoming the third undrafted wide receiver to surpass the 100-yard mark in a game in his rookie season since 2014.
  • The Bills picked up 313 yards on offense in the first half, their largest first half output since Dec. 23, 2000
  • QB Matt Barkley and CB Levi Wallace made their Bills debuts on Sunday
  • Wyatt Teller started for Buffalo at left guard, the first start of his NFL career.
  • Inactive for the game were QB Derek Anderson, QB Josh Allen, RB Chris Ivory, OG Ike Boettger, OT Conor McDermott, TE Charles Clay, and DE Trent Murphy.

Up next:

The Bills will return from their bye week on Nov. 25 when they host the Jaguars in a Week 12 contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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