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Refocused: New York Jets 34, Buffalo Bills 21

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 02: Defensive end Leonard Williams #92 of the New York Jets celebrates as the Buffalo Bills huddle together during the third quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 2, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The New York Jets soundly defeated the Buffalo Bills 34-21 in MetLife Stadium Thursday night. They used a potent running attack and solid defense to get an early lead and maintain it throughout the game.

QB Josh McCown wasn't asked to do much through the air, and his rushing touchdown helped grab the Jets early momentum. The Jets relied upon a three-headed run game in this one, as Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, and Elijah McGuire all exceeded nine carries on the night. Combined, they rushed for 181 yards. Meanwhile, their defense harried the Bills all night, combining for seven sacks and shutting down the Bills run game.

QB Tyrod Taylor lacked efficiency in the passing game until the Bills went on a scoring tear late, and the RB LeSean McCoy could had no room to run, finding only 25 yards on 12 carries. The Bills defense looked over matched on the night, especially in run defense.

With that, we give you our PFF exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team.

Top 5 Grades:

LB Darron Lee, 86.0 overall grade

DI Steve McLendon, 84.0 overall grade

RB Bilal Powell, 83.7 overall grade

DI Muhammad Wilkerson, 83.5 overall grade

RB Matt Forte, 83.2 overall grade

 

Performances of Note:

RB Bilal Powell, 83.7 overall grade and RB Matt Forte, 83.2 overall grade

The Jets had a ton of success running the ball, but it largely was not due to the offensive line. Powell and Forte combined for 151 rushing yards on 23 carries, and 126 of those yards came after first contact. Five of their runs gained 10-plus yards, and they combined to force 11 missed tackles by the Buffalo defense.

T Kelvin Beachum, 31.0 overall grade

Beachum had a rough outing for a second consecutive week. The Jets ran just 27 pass plays and Beachum managed to allow one hit and five pressures, although one pressure did not count due to a penalty elsewhere on the play. He also directly allowed three short tackles, including two for losses, and was called for a holding penalty in the run game.

DI Muhammad Wilkerson, 83.5 overall grade

The New York Jets defensive line was too strong for the Bills to handle, time and time again the Jets where able to at least collapse the pocket, if not outright get into the face of Tyrod Taylor. Wilkerson recorded 2 hurries, a hit and a sack against the Bills while also performing well in the run game.

CB Darryl Roberts, 81.6 overall grade

Darryl Roberts had the best game of his young career against the Bills. He used his physical nature to his advantage against the Bills wide receivers, who are not a big threat to run past him. While Roberts allowed 5 catches on 9 targets, he only allowed 3 yards after the catch and knocked 2 passes down.

 

Top 5 Grades:

DI Kyle Williams, 86.1 overall grade

CB Leonard Johnson, 85.8 overall grade

LB Preston Brown, 84.8 overall grade

WR Zay Jones, 82.3 overall grade

Edge Ryan Davis, 81.3 overall grade

Performances of Note:

QB Tyrod Taylor, 73.3 overall grade

While Tyrod Taylor was not his best on Thursday night, he still was able to produce some quality throws while also getting himself into trouble. He had two sacks, a hit, and a hurry charged against him by moving out of the pocket early or not throwing the ball away.

WR Zay Jones, 82.3 overall grade

Zay Jones had an interesting game against the Jets. He left the game for a short time with what looked like was going to be a serious injury only to return in the second half. Jones has struggled to adjust to the NFL this season, however against the Jets he caught all 6 passes thrown his way. However, he still struggled to create much separation and continued to record very low yards after catch with only 2 yards after catch in this game. His season total is 15 yards after the catch on 16 catches.

LB Preston Brown, 84.8 overall grade

Brown was one of the few players who played pretty well against the run. He had six defensive stops overall, five in run defense and one in coverage. Brown missed a tackle, but on a night where the Bills had 12 players combine for 22 missed tackles, doesn't seem quite as bad and his five run stops outweighed the one missed tackle.

CB Leonard Johnson, 85.8 overall grade

Johnson played 17 snaps in pass coverage and 31 snaps overall. He was targeted twice, did not allow a catch, and broke up a pass that could have been an interception.

PFF Game Ball: Darron Lee, LB

*Grades are subject to change upon review

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