3 quick thoughts from the NY Jets Week 18 loss to the Buffalo Bills

NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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The NY Jets season has come to an end after their 27-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Let's take a look at a few quick thoughts from the team's final game of the season.

NY Jets offense could not get anything going

In a game where the Jets’ offense finished with a franchise-worst 53 total yards and Zach Wilson got sacked nine times, about the only positive thing they can take away is the fact their rookie quarterback came away still in one piece.

“I think his development over the course of the year has been spot-on,” head coach Robert Saleh said after the game regarding Wilson. “I think the things that we’ve wanted him to get better at he’s gotten better at.”

This was always going to be an uphill battle for the Jets (4-13) considering the number of injuries they are dealing with against one of the league’s top-ranked defenses.

However, at the end of the day, Buffalo’s defense bullied the Jets for all four quarters which will be a tough pill to swallow for Gang Green as they head into the offseason.

NY Jets defense played its tail off

The final score reads closer than this game was and that is thanks to the Jets’ defense. Despite giving up 424 total yards and 254 through the air, Gang Green’s defense gave Josh Allen fits for most of the afternoon and kept them in the game.

“I am proud of this group,” Saleh continued. “With all the adversity we faced and the continued fight and development, I feel like we got so much better as the year went on.”

Despite falling behind 10-0 early, the Jets’ defense locked down and did not allow this one to get ugly like it did in their previous meeting. In a season that featured many ups and downs for this young unit, to go into the offseason on an up is a positive that could pay dividends in the future.

Trying to close the gap

As the Jets head into their third offseason under general manager Joe Douglas, the goal has to be to start closing the gap between them and the haves of the NFL.

“Everybody’s holding themselves accountable for what happened this season and how we can improve,” Wilson said. “We’re working for something more than just now.”

While the Bills (11-6)  are celebrating their second straight AFC East crown, it was not that long ago they were in a similar position as the Jets.

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So with two top 10 picks and the fourth most cap space in the NFL, the Jets have the money and resources to take that next step and become a team that is fighting for the playoffs in Week 18 instead of worrying about draft position.