Buffalo rolled over the Jets 27-17 to open the 2020 season at Bills Stadium, where the Jets were victorious to end the 2019 season in a game the Bills rested many of their key players for the playoffs. This time, the Bills starters made the Jets look like the JV for most of the game.
Somehow, the Jets lost by just 10 points in a game in which felt like they got blown out. Only a series of Buffalo mistakes kept this from being uglier.
They were outcoached and outplayed. They had penalties at the worst times. Sam Darnold looked like he took a step backward, not forward to start Year 3.
Coach Adam Gase had few answers in his play-calling and questionable time management to end the first half. One of GM Joe Douglas’ top free-agent signees got benched in the first half. The defense took two quarters to figure out how to slow down Josh Allen. Running back Le’Veon Bell made a few plays then exited the game with a hamstring injury.
The 0-1 Jets next play host to the defending NFC champion 49ers at MetLife Stadium.
Darnold’s performance may have been the most worrisome development. Yes, he has little help around him. But he looked jittery early, missing open receivers. Later, he made some questionable decisions, taking sacks when he should have thrown the ball away and throwing a brutal interception in the second quarter.
Darnold finished the game 21-of-35 for 215 yards with a touchdown and an interception.