From a viewer’s perspective, this game appeared to be over from the get-go. The Bills received the opening kickoff and started the game off with a bomb from Allen to Chase for a 78 yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the game. I had the opportunity to see the Bills work on this play in practice during their Day 1 install period. It was a beautifully designed play-action pass off of an end around fake to bring down the backside safety in the Jets cover 4 defense, which gave Chase the opportunity to get behind the defense on a deep post. As soon as I saw the formation, I knew what was coming and the Bills executed the play in the game just as well as they did in practice. Following this 1-play TD Drive, the Jets got on a 6-minute drive of their own. After 8 plays, the Jets faced a 4th & long but a roughing the punter penalty extended the drive for another 7 plays before the Jets finally settled for a FG. Then the Bills took the wind out of the sails for the Jets by striking on a 67 yard touchdown pass on the first play of the next drive and only their 2nd offensive drive of the game. Nothing is more demoralizing then being down 14-3 when your opponent has had 2 plays compared to your 15. The expression on the faces of the Jets sideline looked hopeless after that. The Jets continued on to make a couple nice plays during the game including a great 43 yard touchdown run by rookie Zamir White, but ultimately they couldn’t get out of their own way throwing 5 interceptions. Josh Allen on the other hand was almost flawless. He had 2 interceptions on a couple bad reads, but other than those he seemed like he couldn’t miss. He only allowing 2 other passes all game to touch the ground while spreading the love to all his guys by ending the game with 4 receivers with over 60 yards and 3 guys finding the end zone.
If Allen can continue to build on these type of performances in his final 4 regular season games, we may see him collect some hardware at the end-of-season award ceremony.
Takeaways from the post-game presser:
Coach Arbuckle loved the hot start from his offense but was disappointed by the defense spending so much time on the field. (Jets had 25 minutes of Poseidon’s compared to the Bills 15 minutes). He mentioned multiple times how the defense has a lot to work on when it comes to 3rd down situational play calling and execution.
Arbuckle was critical of Allen’s interceptions, choosing to focus on the areas he needs to improve with most of his comments. However, Coach Arbuckle did praise Allen’s development in the offense and attributed it to his incredible work ethic and preparation.
Allen couldn’t stop talking about the incredible talent of his two rookie wideouts: Chase and Cooks. They combined for 3 TDs and almost 250 yards receiving in the game. Allen mentioned that he feels that this team has the best stable of passing weapons in the entire league with Diggs, Knox, Chase, and Cooks
Edmunds continues to tally up the tackles but he didn’t make any of the big time plays that he needed to in order to have the breakout performance that he talked about leading up to the game