Nothing like a date with the New York Jets to cure a team of its miseries, right?
That was a “yeah, sure, BUT …” response from the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Coming off back-to-back losses to AFC contenders — the Tennessee Titans (42-16) and the Kansas City Chiefs (26-17) — the Bills did get back on the track against the Jets.
But they still looked wobbly in a 18-10 victory that made them just the second team this season to win a game without scoring a touchdown.
Rookie kicker Tyler Bass tied the Bills record of six field goals set by Canadian Steve Christie 24 years ago, also in a game against the Jets. But Bass also missed three-point attempts of 48 and 37 yards.
The Bills defence did limit the opposition to less than 20 points for just the second time this season — the first was a 27-17 win over the Jets in Week 1. For the first time this season, Jets head coach Adam Gase relinquished the play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, and “Gang Green” responded with an 11-play drive for a field goal on its first possession and a 10-6 lead at the half.
But after the break the Jets had (are you ready?) just four yards of total offence. Even great defences don’t hold a team to four yards over two quarters unless it’s a really bad team.
The biggest but was the Bills offence, which was a force when the team started the season with four straight wins.
Against the Jets, who entered the day having allowed 30.8 points per game (fourth most in the league) Josh Allen did complete 30-of-43 passes for 307 yards without getting picked off, and he did run 11 times for 61 yards. Rookie Zack Moss had his most productive afternoon with 47 yards on seven carries (and 25 more through the air), while Devin Singletary had 29 yards on eight carries, as the Bills still only have one rushing touchdown from someone other than their quarterback this season.
“Can’t hurt ourselves in the red zone with self-inflicted wounds there, coming up with threes in stead of sevens,” coach Sean McDermott said.
“Otherwise its a different game.”
Said Allen: “We got to keep plugging away. Obviously we want to score more touchdowns and more points But it is a division win. We’ll take ‘em when we can get them.”
Having coming up short in an attempt to acquire Le’Veon Bell, the Bills need to find a ground-eater prior to the Nov. 3 trade deadline. Failing that, perhaps it’s time they feed the 5-foot-9 Moss (223 pounds) and use the 5-foot-7 Singletary (203 pounds) mostly just in third-down situations.
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