In an act of revenge on Week 1, the Jets took down the Bills in primetime at Metlife Stadium 34-21. It was a game that was decided by hard defensive play by the Jets D-Line as Gang Green was able to keep their playoff hopes alive, improving to 4-5 on the season.
The Jets, who had just 43 rushing yards against the Falcons a week ago, toppled the Bills’ running defense, putting up over 190 yards between running backs Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, and Elijah McGuire on Thursday night. Forte found the endzone for the first time this season, scoring twice for Gang Green.
Josh McCown also looked poised as he completed 14 of his 20 passing attempts for 140 yards including a touchdown to Robby Anderson, who compiled four catches for 48 yards. McCown also scrambled for a touchdown which initially put the Jets up 7-0 on their second drive of the game.
A defensive line that totaled 11 sacks on the year came to play as well Thursday night, sacking Bills Quarterback Tyrod Taylor seven times. They also kept LeSean McCoy limited to only 25 yards on 12 carries, giving the star running back his worst game of the season just a few days after putting up over 150 on the Raiders.
Turnovers also played a big part in the game, as the Jets forced three fumbles while never turning the ball over themselves. While the Bills did have Jets fans holding their breath during a late charge in the final five minutes of the game, the Jets were able to hold on and secure their fourth win of the year and second within the division.
Ending a three game losing streak where the team blew three consecutive fourth quarter leads, including a devastating 28-14 lead over the Dolphins, New York finally proves they can hang on. This year, following their 0-2 start to the season, Josh McCown and the Jets have been contenders in every game since. Following a 10 day rest, the Jets will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the 2-5 Buccaneers with hopes of returning to .500 on the season.
With the Dolphins coming off of the largest blowout in years against the Ravens, the Bills’ loss on Thursday, and the Patriots’ defense still looking like a liability, the Jets are alive and well in the AFC East in what has so far been a wild season through nine weeks of play.
Remaining home games for the Jets include battles with the Panthers, Chiefs, and the Chargers, but will be given a week of rest following their game against Tampa Bay, with their bye week resting in Week 11 of the 2017 season.