This wasn’t just a Jets win, this was an all out beat down. The Jets only ended up winning by 13 because of two late Buffalo touchdowns in which the Jets essentially were in prevent coverage but this game was nowhere near as close as the final score shows.
This game was a real test for this young Jets team. They had just lost three straight close games, two of which they were leading in the fourth quarter and were playing on a short week against a playoff hopeful Bills team ready to show they were for real in prime time. Give a lot of credit to Todd Bowles for not letting his team sulk after losing a winnable game to Atlanta in a monsoon just four days earlier.
Aside from the two late touchdowns, this Jets defense played it’s best game as a unit all season. The defensive line was creating pressure and actually getting sacks, something we haven’t seen all season long. For a defensive line that’s been as highly touted as this Jets teams, it’s encouraging to see them dominate a game like this. Darron Lee and Demario Davis, both of whom have deserve the criticism that has been thrown their way in recent years, have both stepped up their play tremendously. Lee has had his best three game stretch of his career according to PFF and Davis has not only been good on the field but has also become a leader in the locker room.
On offense, Josh McCown didn’t turn the ball over and the Jets got 194 rushing yards from Matt Forte, Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire. The Jets clearly wanted to make a point of running it down the Bills throats and did just that. The offensive line got a good push all night and the Jets backs made plays in the open field. Robby Anderson looks like a legit number one receiver, hauling in a another touchdown in one on one coverage against steller rookie corner Tre’Davious White on a nine route. He’s stepped up big this season after Quincy Enunwa was lost for the season.
Big picture after this win is how the feel of this Jets team is. I personally don’t know a 4-5 team ever that is having this much fun playing football. The 10-6 team from 2015 was having fun because they were winning games and making a legitimate playoff push. The Jets could be 6-3 or even 7-2 if they didn’t flounder fourth quarter leads and found ways to finish. They’re playing for one another, for Bowles and most importantly for the fun of playing football.
The Jets have a real chance at heading into the bye with a .500 record if they can beat a disappointing Tampa Bay team on the road next week. After the bye they have the toughest part of their schedule. They play Carolina and the Chiefs at home before heading to Denver and New Orleans. Then they close out with the Chargers at home and travel to New England to end the season, which could have actual playoff implications for the Jets.
All us Jets fans want is meaningful games in December. The way this Jets team is trending, it looks like we may get just that.
Also, I love this team more than anything in the history of life.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 3, 2017