The Buffalo Bills (3-7) just went into the Meadowlands and demolished the New York Jets (3-7) and all it took was a quarterback not named Nathan Peterman.
I initially thought that the Bills would start Peterman, given how this season has progressed. Yet, Sean McDermott made the right call and started “fourth string” quarterback Matt Barkley. And you know what, the first pass he threw was a 47 yard toss to rookie Robert Foster. The next play after that, the offensive line made a hole and gave LeSean McCoy 28 yards to find his first touchdown of the season to make it 7-0 just in the first minute of play.
After that, it was all Buffalo. They scored late in the first as Brakley completed a pass to Zay Jones who fumbled it into the endzone and tight end Jason Croom corralled it to secure a 14-0 lead heading into the second. In the second quarter, Stephen Hauschka booted a 54 yard field goal to make it 17-0 to start off. Then, Brian Daboll opened up the playbook and offensive tackle Dion Dawkins showed us why he is on the hands team and caught a seven yard pass to increase the lead 24-0. Going into the second half, Shady would score from one yard out to make it 31-0 and the Jets looked lifeless. Even when they marched down the field and kicked a 55-yard field goal to make it 31-3, they knew there was no chance to comeback.
The Jets running back Isaiah Crowell did score a five yard run midway through the third to make it an okay 31-10 score but Barkley smelled blood in the water and found Zay Jones in the middle for an eight yard pass touchdown pass to make it 38-10. Hauschka then felt like that 38 was not enough and so he kicked a 31 yard field goal to cap off the games final score of 41-10.
Defensively, the Bills did not give the Jets a chance. Matt Milano and Micah Hyde both took away a couple of Chris McCown passes. Meanwhile, Jerry Hughes, Shaq Lawson and Jordan Poyer put him on the ground for three sacks on the day. Special teams and the entire offensive line played sound, strong football and that was the difference maker. That and with a competent quarterback at the helm. Barkley gave Foster and Jones found them for breakout games. Three catches for 105 yards for Foster and eight catches for 93 yards for Jones.
We head into the bye week with an extra pep in our step with two questions to ask. One, will Kelvin Benjamin ever catch an easy pass? Two, is the Nathan Peterman experiment over? We will have to wait and see in two weeks when the Bills take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at home in Orchard Park.