Week 7 saw a whirlwind of change for the New York Jets, but at the end of the game, the results were much the same. It was an ugly game all around for both teams, as they combined for one touchdown and seven field goals on the day. The Buffalo Bills left East Rutherford with a win, but there was little for the AFC East leaders to hang their hats on after this one.
The Jets had to see the results of this game as an improvement over their other losses so far this year. Head coach Adam Gase, who is on the hottest of hot seats now, ceded the offensive play calling duties to coordinator Dowell Loggains, and the impact was immediate. The Jets’ offense actually looked creative, using players in motion and causing misdirection ahead of the snap. This was probably one of the main causes for the Bills’ defense looking off, as it really was a different offense than they had schemed for.
The rookies got involved as La’Mical Perine scored his first career touchdown and out-touched Frank Gore for the first time this season. Former Baylor star receiver Denzel Mims also made his much anticipated debut and was the top target for Sam Darnold with four catches on seven targets for 42 yards. Darnold, who himself returned from a week off with an AC joint injury, struggled to get anything going with only 120 yards through the air and two interceptions while being sacked six times on the day.
Buffalo is coming off perhaps one of the strangest three-week periods in NFL history after playing a Tuesday night game against the Tennessee Titans, the next Monday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and then a Sunday afternoon game immediately after. The back-to-back short weeks could have explained the sluggish start for the Bills on both sides of the ball. After starting the year on fire, quarterback Josh Allen has come back down to Earth the last three weeks, and while he did manage to hit over 300 yards passing on Sunday, all he had to show for it were six field goals.
Once again, Allen was the lead rusher for the Bills as the running back duo of Devin Singletary and Zack Moss failed to get the offense going. Singletary’s struggles have been well-documented this season, and Moss actually looked better against the Jets, especially in the passing game. We could start seeing a more balanced timeshare between the two, and do not be surprised if Moss eventually takes over as the starter once he is up to speed from the toe injury that sidelined him for a couple of weeks.
Stefon Diggs was shaken up early on, and was relatively quiet with six catches on 11 targets for 48 yards. Cole Beasley led the Bills’ pass catchers with 11 catches on 12 targets for 112 yards. The Bills’ offense has sputtered the last few weeks, which is concerning since they do not really have the playmakers to get the job done if Allen struggles. Have NFL defenses figured the Bills out?
The Bills will return home to Orchard Park, where they await the arrival of the New England Patriots in Week 8. New England has struggled of late, as Cam Newton has followed a similar path to Josh Allen this season, and was even benched for Jarrett Stidham at the end of their Week 7 game against the 49ers. It will be interesting to see who starts in Week 8, but the Bills should expect to see Newton back under center for at least one more game.
Meanwhile, the Jets head on the road to Arrowhead Stadium to visit the Chiefs, where an 0-8 start to the season seems more than likely.
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