It was a bounce-back win for the NY Jets as they knocked off the Buffalo Bills 20-17 at MetLife Stadium and went into their bye week half a game back for first place in the AFC East.
While there was a lot that went into this victory, a tip of the cap needs to go to Gang Green’s defense as it held the Bills to their lowest point total of the season and just three points in the second half.
"I definitely feel like we are one of the top," D.J. Reed said regarding the team's defense. "I have full confidence that we can be one of the best if we aren't one already."
When facing the Bills, rules number one, two, and three need to be preventing Josh Allen from taking the game over and, despite finishing with two rushing touchdowns, the Jets executed that gameplan to perfection.
After going into halftime 13-for-22 for 163 yards and one interception, Gang Green stymied the MVP-like talent the rest of the way as he went 5-for-12 for 42 yards and threw another pick.
"As a defense, we played really well in the second half," John Franklin-Myers said. "In the first half, we were feeling everything out.
The Jets’ secondary also had an elite game as they held Stefon Diggs to just five catches for 93 yards and shut the star receiver out in the second half.
No other Bills receiver had more than 33 yards, so combined with the fact they sacked Allen five times, the Jets cooked up a recipe to take down a presumptive Super Bowl favorite.
Back to Zach
After taking a gut punch in last week’s 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots, Zach Wilson answered the call as he went 18-for-25 for 154 yards and one touchdown.
"What a huge team win, I think the guys came out and balled out," Zach Wilson said. "We obviously don't care what anyone else says, we expected to win this game as a team."
Although it was not a picture-perfect day for Wilson, he seemed to stick to the game plan and even made some big-time plays with his legs which is an encouraging sign for Gang Green moving forward.
This is a team predicated on the run and playing smash-mouth football so as long as Wilson does not put his team behind the eight-ball there is a good chance they will find themselves in a position to win week in and week out.
A two-week swing
The Jets are living proof that the NFL is a week-by-week affair. After falling to the Patriots for the 13th straight time and Wilson seemingly taking a giant step backward, many Gang Green supporters feared their team was staring down a possible three-game skid with the Bills and a trip to New England on the horizon.
"No one is harder on us after a loss than we are," Garrett Wilson said. "It's a great win to bounce back, especially after what happened last week."
However, the Jets were able to flip the script with this victory and go into the bye feeling good about themselves with playoff aspirations back in play.
There are not many who would have had Gang Green at 6-3 and half a game out of the top spot in the division at this point in the season and yet here they are so now it is all about finishing the job and earning their first trip to the postseason since 2010.