5 takeaways from the Bills loss to the Jets
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The Buffalo Bills locker room said earlier this week that it would not overlook the New York Jets.
Perhaps the Bills (5-3) didn’t do overlook the Jets (4-5), but Buffalo certainly didn’t come to play under the lights of Thursday Night Football at MetLife as New York took a 34-21 win over the Bills.
With that, here are five takeaways from the Bills loss to the Jets:
LeSean not going: Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy had back-to-back strong games with 91 rushing yards and two scores and another of 151 yards and a touchdown, respectively. On opening day against the Jets, McCoy had his lone bright spot early in the season with 110 yards on 22 carries. In their second meeting on Thursday, McCoy simply never got it going. The Bills’ workhorse finished with 25 yards on 12 carries. His longest run was a 13-yard rush. Not a lot of production from the other 11.
Turnovers flip: The Bills bread-and-butter so far this season has been their ability to steal the ball from opponents. That was not the case against the Jets. In fact, the Jets flipped the script. Buffalo fumbled the ball four times in the game and lost three of them. Fumblers included Tyrod Taylor, Jordan Matthews, Nick O’Leary, and LeSean McCoy. Leonard Johnson almost grabbed a turnover for the Bills early in the first quarter as a Josh McCown (14/20, 140 yards, TD) pass went direction to Johnson, but the corner dropped it. It was the first game all season the Bills lost the turnover battle in a game.
Oh-yucky line: There wasn’t a whole lot to like from the Bills offensive line. It’s hard to even pick out one guy because there were so many mishaps. Taylor (29/40, 285, 2 TDs, rush TD) had little time to pass throughout the game and was sacked seven times. Prior to the game, Buffalo had only surrendered 19 sacks on the season. Things didn’t get much better for the running game either as the Bills averaged 2.9 yards-per-carry.
Other side, too: The Buffalo defense line had one sack compliments of Cedric Thornton. That’s not going to cut it. In the past five games, the Bills are up to four sacks. The Jets running game also averaged 4.7 yards-per-carry. Matt Forte had his best game of the season with two touchdowns and 77 yards. Not a lot went right and the cherry on top included a Jerry Hughes unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo’s defense missed 22 tackles in the game. Yikes.
Lone bright spot: Well, at the least, it seems like things started to go right for rookie wide receiver Zay Jones a little bit. Jones, who’s had a tough start to the season, led the Bills with six catches, finished second on the team with 53 yards (Deonte Thompson 5-63), and had his first-carry touchdown. But things didn’t completely go away. Jones left the game twice with injury. On the first, Jones’ right knee hyper-extended. After the second, which occurred in the fourth quarter, Jones was taken out of the game. In terms of his health moving forward, Jones said. “It didn’t feel good, I’ll wait and see tomorrow.” Jones did add he did not feel a pop or tearing sensation in his knee.