Bills play worst game of the season in 34-21 loss at Jets
The Buffalo Bills had a chance to make believers out of America on national television Thursday night.
Instead they have everyone wondering if this is, once again, just the same old Bills.
Buffalo lost to the New York Jets 34-21 on Thursday night.
Buffalo was dominated at the line of scrimmage, especially by the Jets defensive line, allowing seven sacks and countless pressures. New York had 11 sacks through its first eight games of the season combined.
On the other side of the ball, the Jets offensive line imposed its will on the Bills formerly vaunted defense, running for 194 yards and protecting the football. The Bills failed to force a turnover for the first time since a week two loss in Carolina.
Tyrod Taylor enjoyed his best statistical game of the season, completing 29 of 40 passes for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with just 35 yards on the ground, adding a garbage-time goal line score to make the score look closer than it actually was.
One other bright spot for the Bills was the play of Zay Jones, who caught a career high six passes, which included his first career touchdown, tying the game at seven in the second quarter. But even that has an asterisk next to it, as Jones left the game with a nasty looking knee injury in the second. He would come back in the second half, but be forced to leave the game once again in the fourth quarter.
Don't be fooled by the final score, it wasn't that close.
After Jones' touchdown reception tied the game at 7, the Jets answered with a field goal. Buffalo appeared as though it would tie the game before the half, but Jordan Matthews fumbled trying to stretch for the first down, and the Bills missed an important scoring opportunity.
The second half is when it got ugly for Buffalo. The Bills offense opened the half with a pair of three-and-outs, while the Jets scored two touchdowns on their first three possessions, opening up a 24-7 lead.
In comeback mode, Tyrod found tight end Nick O'Leary for a big gain on third and long, but O'Leary fumbled the ball on his second effort. The Bills would force a rare punt, but Taylor fumbled while scrambling to quickly hand it back over to New York.
Matt Forte ran for his second touchdown of the game on the first play of the ensuing possession, effectively ending this game for the Bills.
On the flipside, Lesean McCoy had one of his worst games in a Bills uniform, running for just 25 yards on 12 carries, and failing to secure a reception.
Buffalo falls to 5-3 with the loss, and will have ten days to recover before facing a tough test at home. The bills will host the Saints (5-2) who have won five straight following an 0-2 start. The Saints are hosting the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon.