EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (WROC) — After an embarrassing loss to the Jaguars last week, all eyes were on the Bills and how they would respond against the Jets. They responded with authority as they demolished the Jets 45-17.
“You hear all the stuff that everybody is saying about your team after you take a loss like last week,” said safety Jordan Poyer. “Nobody panicked, we just came to work, came ready to play, 24-hour rule just like this game. Just like we’re going to do going into this week.
Josh Allen completed 21 of 28 passes for 366 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Stefon Diggs finished with his most receiving yards as a member of the Bills, catching eight passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. Matt Breida recorded two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, in his first game being active since Week 2.
“I really appreciate the leadership of our football team. I thought we did a great job this week leading at that level,” said head coach Sean McDermott.” That’s great, that’s a big part of it, we need that every week.
The Bills marched down the field with surgical precision on the first drive of the game, scoring on a 15-yard wheel route to Breida out of the backfield.
Jets QB Mike White responded by throwing an interception to Taron Johnson on the next drive. That led to a Tyler Bass 29-yard field goal after the drive stalled in the red zone, making the score 10-0.
After stalling for most of the second quarter, giving up a field goal to put the score at 10-3, Buffalo found its groove right before the half. Diggs had a 23-yard catch to put the Bills into New York territory and he finished off the drive with a 12-yard touchdown catch.
The Jets threatened at the end of the half, but Micah Hyde forced a fumble for a 17-3 lead at the half.
When the third quarter started, the Bills took over and put the game to bed. It took the Bills just five plays to go 75 yards, scoring on an Isaiah McKenzie end-around from 8 yards out.
White was intercepted by Tre White, and after a 49-yard pass to Gabriel Davis, Breida scored a rushing touchdown from 15 yards out for a 31-3 lead.
Mike White was intercepted once again, this time by Levi Wallace. Zack Moss got in the end zone on the ensuing drive with a 1-yard run to make it 38-3.
White threw his fourth interception of the day with Jordan Poyer being the benefactor.
Both teams each got some meaningless points in the fourth quarter, with Michael Carter and Elijah Moore scoring for the Jets and Devin Singletary scoring for the Bills.
“Got some true veteran guys, true professional football players who care about each other, care about their craft,” said Allen. “That’s just one thing that we’re not going to do is ride this roller coaster on, we’re the worst team to ever play and now we’re the best team to ever play. We’re going to stay consistent, steady, and come into work each and every day and try and put our best foot forward.”
“Win, loss, or draw we go into film tomorrow, we watch the tape, make our corrections. We’re all grown men about it, win, lose, or draw and we move forward,” said Poyer. “That’s just what this team has done in our wins and our losses. That’s what we’re going to continue to do. We’re not complacent, we want to continue to get better, we’ve got a lot of work to do, a lot of football games to be played.”
The Bills will get a tougher test next week, as the 5-5 Indianapolis Colts visit Highmark Stadium.