The Buffalo Bills easily defeated the New York Jets 32–6 in Joe Brady’s first game in the role of interim offensive coordinator. By the end of the game, the Bills had moved to 6-5 on the season and seventh in the AFC.
From the opening play of the game, the assault began.
Buffalo advanced to the second half after winning the coin toss. Fullback Reggie Gilliam put the pressure on rookie returner Xavier Gipson of New York as he crossed the 20-yard line, forcing a fumble that Quintin Morris recovered. Allen suffered a sack on third down, forcing the Bills to settle for a field goal, but Buffalo went on to lead the rest of the way.
Following three straight field goals, Buffalo cornerback Rasul Douglas’ interception in the second quarter set up the Bills offense just outside the red zone, which allowed them to score in the end zone.
Just beyond the red zone, Douglas lunged in front of a pass intended for Garrett Wilson to set up Buffalo. The Bills took advantage, as Allen found Cook wide open as he made his way to the end zone, setting up the team’s first score.
Josh Allen, the quarterback, ended with 275 yards, three touchdowns via throwing, and one interception. He kept going back to Dalton Kincaid, the Bills’ top tight end with six grabs for 46 yards. Khalil Shakir had three catches for 115 yards, while Stefon Diggs had four grabs for 27 yards.
Running back Breece Hall and the Jets were limited to only 63 yards on the ground and 92 passing yards by the Bills rush defense. Their ability to thwart the run game resulted in a potent pass rush. Six sacks were inflicted on Jets quarterbacks Zach Wilson and Mike White, who replaced Wilson in the second half.
Protective end The defense controlled the line of scrimmage, with 2.5 sacks from Leonard Floyd leading the charge. It was Shaq Lawson’s first quartersack of the season.
Despite being 4-for-5 on third down, the Jets did not convert on any of their 11 third down attempts.
Tyrel Dodson, the linebacker, caused a turnover, and late in the game, Douglas not only intercepted the ball but also recovered a fumble from wide receiver Garrett Wilson.
It wasn’t until their last drive of the first half that the Jets reached the 50-yard line. The Jets’ drive was ultimately maintained by a throw from punter Thomas Morstead on a fake punt attempt, which allowed running back Breece Hall to reach the end zone.
Safety Taylor Rapp and nickelback Taron Johnson were hurt as they crashed into Hall during the drive. Johnson was eventually diagnosed with a concussion after jogging off the field and into the locker room. Rapp had a neck injury, therefore an ambulance was sent to the hospital.
After getting Diggs more involved in the passing game to start the second half, Allen found running back Ty Johnson free in the flat on a fourth-and-one play. For his first touchdown of the year, Johnson tight roped down the sideline after catching the ball.
Buffalo continued to light up the scoreboard in the third quarter when Allen connected with Khalil Shakir on a long fade for an 81-yard touchdown, giving the Bills a three-point lead. The Bills’ defense kept the Jets out of the red zone throughout the entire third quarter, giving them a comfortable lead.
Next Sunday, Buffalo will travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles at 4:25 p.m.