On Thursday Night the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills faced off for the second time this season.
Earlier this season the Bills defeated the New York Jets 21-12. This was also the third straight season that both teams played on a Thursday Night.
During the Jets three-game losing streak they failed to hold second half leads in each of them. On Thursday night the young New York Jets showed that they perhaps are learning how to finish games.
The Jets outscored the Bills 24-14 in the second half to defeat the Bills 34-21.
The Jets ran for 194 yards, 164 more yards than they did in their Week 1 loss, dominating the Bills at the line of scrimmage all night.
The loss snapped the Bills two-game win streak and the win snapped the New York Jets three-game losing streak.
For the fourth straight game the Jets scored a TD in the first quarter. After going three-and-out on their first drive, Josh McCown drove the New York Jets 54 yards in eight plays. McCown was 1-2 for 13 yards that concluded with a 10-yard TD run. That was the second time he ran for a first down on the drive, helping sustain the Jets TD drive.
The Bills tied the game on their first drive of the second quarter, going 62 yards on eight plays. Tyrod Taylor kept plays alive with his ability to run out of the pocket. Zay Jones caught his first TD pass of his career on a 10-yard throw from Taylor who managed to elude the Jets pass rush on the play.
The New York Jets took the lead back when Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 45-yard field goal finishing a nine play, 52-yard drive. It looked like McCown had connected with Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a 20-yard TD pass, but it was called back after Seferian-Jenkins was called for offensive pass interference. McCown was 4-5 for 41 yards on the drive.
On the Bills final drive of the half it looked like Buffalo would tie the game. They overcame a second and 24, to keep the drive alive, but the Jets defense was able to recover. After driving to the Jets 36-yard line, Jordan Matthews fumbled stretching for a first down on third and seven. That was just the second time this season that Buffalo lost a fumble.
The Jets took over at their 31-yard line, but were unable to move the ball into field goal range as the first half ended.
The Jets pass rush, which only had 11 sacks on the season coming in, came alive in the first half, putting constant pressure on Taylor and sacking him five times.
First Half Stats
Tyrod Taylor: 11-14, 115 yards, TD
Josh McCown: 9-13, 78 yards, rushing TD
On the Jets first drive of the second half, McCown took the Jets 74 yards on seven plays, culminating in a 25-yard TD pass to Robby Anderson. McCown was 2-3 for 45 yards on the drive. It was the third straight game in which Anderson caught a TD pass.
The New York Jets defense continued its strong play to start the second half, forcing the Bills three-and-out on their first two possessions.
On the Jets third drive of the second half, they got their running game going. It took just two plays for them to increase their lead to 24-7. Bilal Powell collected 51 yards to move the ball to the Bills 10-yard line. Matt Forte then finished the drive with a 10-yard TD run.
The Bills committed their second turnover of the game on their next drive when Nick O’Leary fumbled after a catching a first down pass from Taylor. Coming into the game the Bills had only lost two fumbles.
Buffalo’s fumbling issues continued on their first drive of the fourth quarter, when Tyrod Taylor was stripped of the ball running from pressure by Juston Burris. Demario Davis scooped up the ball and ran 12 yards to the Bills five-yard line.
Matt Forte ran for his second TD of the game on the next play, extending the Jets lead to 31-7.
Forte enjoys Thursday Nights against the Bills. He now has five rushing TDs against Buffalo on Thursday Night Football.
The Bills offense finally got going midway through the fourth quarter, as Taylor drove the Bills 75 yards on 10 plays to cut the Jets lead to 34-14.
Buffalo then recovered an onside kick when Austin Seferian-Jenkins was unable to secure a ball kicked right to him. Taylor then drove the Bills 52 yards on seven plays to cut the lead to 13.
ArDarius Stewart was able to secure the Bills next onside kick, ensuring a Jets win.
After getting outrushed 190-38 in their season-opening loss, the Jets turned the tide on Buffalo on Thursday, totaling 194 rushing yards to the Bills 63.
The Bills turned the ball over three times. The Jets did not turn the ball over.
The Jets pass rush was awesome, sacking Tyrod Taylor seven times.
The Jets travel to Tampa Bay on Sunday November 12 to take on the Buccaneers.
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