5 takeaways from the Bills’ 45-17 win over the Jets

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Here are five takeaways from the Buffalo Bills’ 45-17 win over the New York Jets in Week 10:

Bouncing back

Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on November 14, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Bills bounced back in a huge way after a few disappointing outings. Specifically, the Bills got right in terms of their start.

While beating the Miami Dolphins two weeks ago, the Bills did not begin that game well at all. Buffalo only scored three points in the first half that outing. Then last game, a shocking 9-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Not only did the Bills blowout the Jets, Buffalo started hot. The Bills scored 10 points in the first quarter and led 17-3 in at the half.

Stef breaks out

Nov 14, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates his touchdown against the New York Jets with center Mitch Morse (60) and offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (73) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills got a breakout game, of sorts, from wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Having his biggest effort of the season, the Jets were almost asking for it.

Throughout the contest, Diggs was consistently single-covered by the New York defense. Quarterback Josh Allen easily recognized that and was not shy about going to his No. 1 target over and over again.

In fact, on one sequence, Allen and Diggs connected for a touchdown. It was called back, but then Buffalo called the exact same play. Diggs still scored.

Overall, Diggs had eight catches for 162 yards and that TD. It was the first time Diggs went over the century mark since Week 4 vs. the Houston Texans, the only other time he has done so this year.

Hello, Matt Breida

Buffalo Bills running back Matt Breida (22) rushes with the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

In recent weeks, Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was criticized for his team’s inability to run the ball. Calls for the Bills to rush the ball more started to grow.

The actual way the Bills’ backfield got involved in Week 10 was a different approach. Their volume didn’t improve, rather, a new face emerged.

Veteran backup Matt Breida brought a new dynamic to his offense. Breida’s speed stood out, namely on his two touchdown scores. Breida had one rushing and one receiving TD, the catch was the first of the game on the Bills’ opening drive.

Prior to Week 10, Breida was inactive since Week 3. At this point, one has to expect Breida to be back in the lineup again next week along with Zack Moss and Devin Singletary (even with his late fumble).

Overall, the carries in the backfield shook out:

  • Singletary: 7 caries, 43 yards, TD

  • Breida: 3 carries, 28 yards, TD

  • Moss: 7 carries, 27 yards, TD

Replacements thrive on defense

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Harrison Phillips (99) takes the field for an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Heading into MetLife Stadium, the Bills were dealt a surprising loss. Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list just before kickoff.

Prior to that, Buffalo already knew that linebacker Tremaine Edmunds wouldn’t play due to a hamstring injury. That’s two big losses down the middle of the field for the Bills defense.

Despite missing those two, Buffalo handled their losses well. In terms of Lotulelei, the Bills offense starting hot helped. The Jets never had a chance to really commit to a run game. That’s not to take anything away from Lotulelei’s replacement, Harrison Philips. He did have a solid showing.

Really standing out was Edmunds’ replacement: AJ Klein. He had two tackles for loss and defended a pass. Klein made an impact from the start.

Making a young QB look bad

Taron JohnsonÊof the Buffalo Bills after interceptioning a Mike White pass in the first quarter. The Buffalo Bills play the New York Jets at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on November 14, 2021.

The Bills defense took some blame against the Jaguars last week, hoping to get more takeaways. In reality, that wasn’t an issue at all. Rather, it was the offense giving the ball away which was the problem.

But in New York, the Buffalo defense certainly did get their hands on the ball. In total, the Bills had five takeaways. All of them came from defensive backs.

Micah Hyde had a forced fumble that he picked up himself. Intercepting Jets quarterback Mike White was Tre’Davious White, Levi Wallace, Taron Johnson, and Jordan Poyer.

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