Redemption day at Orchard Park as Bills overcome Jets
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Sunday, December 11, 2022
The Buffalo Bills battled through the loss of Von Miller and miserable conditions to overcome Mike White and the visiting New York Jets
ORCHARD PARK – Coming into their Sunday afternoon matchup, the Buffalo Bills occupied the number one spot in the AFC. But they didn’t achieve their status without a little bit of adversity.
And at Highmark Stadium on a very Buffalo-esque weather afternoon, they had the chance for some revenge against one of the three teams that handed them a loss earlier in the season.
Division rivals the New York Jets were in town for another AFC East matchup and the Bills, left with a bad taste in their mouths last time, exacted the revenge they so desperately needed.
Josh Allen picked up a passing and rushing touchdown in consecutive possessions to help the Bills overcome their divisional rivals 20-12 in wet, cold, and windy conditions.
The win improves them to 10-3 marking only the seventh time in franchise history the Bills have won at least 10 games in their opening 13.
The game opened up quite slow on either end with both teams seemingly adapting to the rapidly changing conditions. The opening 10 possessions combined, all culminated in punts, before the Bills – who have been the best team in the NFL at scoring within the final two minutes of the first half – added to their resume with Allen finding Dawson Knox for a 24-yard score. Allen would finish the day with a quieter stat-line at 16\27 and just 147 yards.
On the other end of the spectrum was Mike White. The fifth year quarterback has been leading the way under center for the New York Jets since Zach Wilson was made inactive following a tough stretch of play from him. White has looked comfortable in the role, but took quite a beating this afternoon.
White was first hit to the ground hard after a throw that saw him slow to his feet. In the second half it was more of the same. Bills linebacker Matt Milano drilled White early in the third quarter with white in some visible discomfort and having to be subbed off in favour of Joe Flacco for a couple of plays. White would eventually return but not in a spot that saw him look comfortable.
New York would make things somewhat interesting late in the game with a Greg Zuerlein field goal to pull within eight. The onside kick didn’t pan out, but the Jets were given another chance when the Bills were unable to convert a first down. Unfortunately for New York, that was as far as they’d make it.
The Bills are in action next Saturday evening in a very highly anticipated matchup with the Miami Dolphins – one of the other two teams that have handed Buffalo a loss this year. The Jets on the other hand are 7-6 as they’ll go head to head with the Detroit Lions.