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NFL Week 18 Game Recap: Buffalo Bills 27, New York Jets 10

Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs with the ball against the New York Jets during the second half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills took down Zach Wilson and the New York Jets 27-10 Sunday to cap off the regular season with a 11-6 record.

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Buffalo Bills

Quarterback

Allen had a solid afternoon through the air, finishing with 238 yards and two touchdowns on 50 dropbacks. The Wyoming product had five big-time throws compared to just one turnover-worthy play. Allen also did a good job avoiding pressure: He averaged 2.91 seconds to throw, didn’t get sacked and scrambled five times for 72 yards. Former Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky came in for cleanup duty, playing five snaps and completing one pass for 15 yards.

Running Backs

Devin Singletary continued his strong end of the season, playing 59 snaps to Zack Moss’ 18. Singletary finished the afternoon with 19 carries for 88 yards and a score. He forced two missed tackles and tallied 49 yards after contact. He also added two receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown on 32 receiving snaps. Moss, meanwhile, saw just five carries for 8 yards and two catches for 6 yards.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

While Stefon Diggs led the way in receptions and yards, it was Gabriel Davis who dominated the target share. The former UCF Knight led the way with 49 receiving snaps and 13 targets, but he hauled in just three receptions for 39 yards. Only five of Davis’ targets were deemed catchable, and he was also credited with two drops. Diggs saw 12 targets on 48 receiving snaps and converted them into nine receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Name Receiving Grade Receiving Snaps Targets Receptions Receiving yards YAC
Cole Beasley 48.5 33 6 4 30 11
Stefon Diggs 74.7 48 12 9 81 29
Dawson Knox 60.6 44 6 3 49 32
Gabriel Davis 44.5 49 13 3 39 10
Offensive Line

It was a dominant performance for the Buffalo offensive line in pass protection, allowing just two QB hits and 10 total pressures on 51 pass-blocking snaps. Tackle Dion Dawkins led the way in pass-blocking grade, posting a 91.2 figure after not allowing a single pressure on 51 pass-blocking snaps.

Defensive Line

Buffalo lived in the New York backfield all day long, totaling eight sacks and 27 total pressures. Six sacks came from the front unit, including two from Ed Oliver. The former top-10 pick racked up five pressures and a 27.8% win percentage on 18 pass-rushing snaps, while Jerry Hughes added two sacks of his own on just 13 pass-rush snaps.

Linebackers

Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano co-led the linebacker unit in snaps with 43 apiece, but Edmonds was more productive. He posted an elite 87.9 defensive grade, tallying five tackles. He also allowed just two receptions for 21 yards on 26 coverage snaps. Milano did have a sack on just four pass-rush snaps, but he struggled in pass coverage, posing a 43.8 coverage grade.

Secondary

Cornerback Dane Jackson had the best day in coverage on the back end, not allowing a single reception on 31 coverage snaps en route to a 69.2 coverage grade. Safety Jordan Poyer put forth an elite performance in the pass-rush department, getting home on Zach Wilson twice on just three pass-rush snaps and securing a 91.0 pass-rush grade.

New York Jets

Quarterback

It was an unceremonious end to a disappointing season for Wilson Sunday, as the former second-overall pick completed just seven passes for 87 yards and a touchdown on 20 attempts and 30 dropbacks. The ex-BYU quarterback was sacked eight times and suffered from four dropped passes, bringing his adjusted completion percentage up to a respectable 68.8%. Wilson did lead the team rushing, tallying 24 yards on two scrambles.

Running Backs

As alluded to above, the Jets run game couldn’t get off the ground. Michael Carter led the way in snaps (24) and carries (nine), but he gained just 19 yards, including 24 after contact with three forced missed tackles. Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson combined for six carries and 5 rushing yards.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

With Wilson completing just seven passes, no one in the Jets receiving game stood out. Wide receiver Jeff Smith led the unit in snaps with 26, but he had just one catch for 2 yards. The most productive wideout was Keelan Cole, as the former Jaguar tallied three receptions on three targets for 54 yards and a touchdown on his way to an 80.1 receiving grade.

Offensive Line

New York’s offensive line looked like it was on roller skates for most of the afternoon, credited with four sacks allowed. Tackle Morgan Moses especially struggled, being beaten by his defender five times and allowing two sacks en route to a unit-worst 36 pass-protection grade.

Defensive Line

A quiet performance from the Jets defensive line resulted in zero sacks and just 11 total pressures. Edge rusher John Franklin-Myers led the unit in pass-rush snaps with 35, turning in a 72.9 pass-rush grade after posting five hurries and one QB hit.

Linebackers

C.J. Mosley paced the defense with 79 snaps and excelled in run defense. The former Raven tallied six tackles on 28 run-defense snaps and didn’t miss a tackle to post a 71.0 run defense grade. He did struggle a bit in coverage, allowing five catches on five targets for 41 yards.

Secondary

Cornerbacks Brandin Echols and Bryce Hall co-led the back end in coverage snaps (51), but both had afternoons to forget. Echols was targeted nine times in coverage, allowing six receptions for 44 yards, while Hall saw 11 targets and allowed 50 yards on three receptions for a 42.3 coverage grade. Safety Elijah Riley allowed two touchdowns on three targets in primary coverage.

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