Three Takeaways from the Buffalo Bills Loss to the New York Jets

John Minchillo/AP

Three Takeaways from the Buffalo Bills Loss to the New York Jets

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Three Takeaways from the Buffalo Bills Loss to the New York Jets

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John Minchillo/AP

After a sloppy game last week, the New York Jets had to turn around quickly and welcome the Buffalo Bills to MetLife Stadium. This week, it was the Bills with the sloppy play that led to the 20-17 loss to the Jets. Here are three takeaways from the Bills’ second loss of the season. 

Pass Game Struggles

After being able to find plenty of success in the passing game all season, this was the first game they could barely find anything through the air. Josh Allen was held to 205 yards on 18-of-34 passes, while also throwing two interceptions with no passing touchdowns. It was a sloppy game all around, and the struggles that Allen had to end the game against the Green Bay Packers carried over into this game against the Jets. He wasn’t seeing the field well, which led to him taking five sacks and having ill-advised throws. It will have to be something he works on with the Minnesota Vikings up next. 

Bills Defense Takes Massive Hits

With Matt Milano and Jordan Poyer out for this game, the Bills defense was already low on depth coming into the game. During the game Greg Rousseau, Kaiir Elam, Dane Jackson, Taron Johnson all suffered injuries. Jaquan Johnson and Terrel Bernard struggled to tackle, as did many other players as the Bills struggled to contain the run. The Jets ended up running for 174 yards, 5.1 yards per carry, and a touchdown on the Bills. Getting the defense healthy and back up to full strength will be crucial. 

 

The Role Of James Cook Continues To Grow

Last week was truly the breakout game for James Cook on this Bills’ offense when he had 35 yards on the ground and 41 yards receiving. The increased workload he saw last week ended up translating to this week. Against the Jets, he saw four rushing attempts that averaged 3.8 per carry for a total of 15 yards on the ground. Through the air, he hauled in two receptions for 18 yards. Each week Cook continues to see more work and with his burst and play making potential it should continue. 

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