With lots of optimism coming into the game for both teams, both leave a little upset, and scared for the season ahead. Jets likely lost new QB Aaron Rodgers for the season on the 4th snap of the season, while Buffalo just flat out stunk in the 2nd half.
After Rodgers had left the game in the 1st quarter, Zach Wilson stepped in and got the job done in New Jersey on Monday night, completing 14 passes on 21 attempts, for a total of 140 yards, pairing that with a touchdown and interception.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, Bills QB Josh Allen might have had one of the worst games of his career. Tying a career high for turnovers in a single game with 4, Allen threw 3 interceptions, along with a fumble. All 3 interceptions were inexcusable. 2 were underthrown into double coverage, and the other was a flat out miss. The fumble was because of a botched snap on Allen’s part, as he forgot to take his ADHD meds tonight and got distracted by a butterfly (just kidding, he just wasn’t looking for some reason).
After the Josh Allen fumble, the Jets would go onto take the lead with a field goal, leaving just under 2 minutes for Buffalo to tie the game. They would do just that, with a anxiety-riddled thriller of a doink from Tyler Bass.
The game would then head to overtime, where Buffalo would win the coin toss, only to waste the golden opportunity by going 3 and out. It wouldn’t take long for the Jets to respond, as they walked off the game by returning the punt for a touchdown.
So, what’s next for Buffalo?
They head home to Buffalo for a Sunday 1pm matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders, whom are coming off a narrow 17-16 victory over the Denver Broncos. Las Vegas will be looking to move to 2-0 and take a lead in the AFC West, while Buffalo is looking to avoid falling to 0-2 and behind in the race for the AFC East. Miami looked incredible in their Week 1 win over the Chargers, and the Jets just beat the Bills. Season-defining games don’t usually happen this early, but Buffalo has their work cut out for them against the Raiders. If Josh Jacobs is able to run over the defense in Orchard Park like Breece Hall did at Met Life, Buffalo is in trouble.
What’s going on with Josh Allen?
Josh Allen threw 3 interceptions and had a fumble in Buffalo’s season opener, by far one of the worst games of his career. After a long offseason of noting how he needs to make better reads, better decisions with the ball, and take less hits, he decided to say “screw that!” and do the opposite. If Buffalo is going to have any chance of a Super Bowl (let alone making the playoffs) Allen needs to cut down on the hero ball, protect his body and not throw the ball into double coverage 5 times a game. It’s not a recipe for success.