Matt Forte’s two touchdowns lead Jets to 34-21 win over Bills

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The Buffalo Bills entered Thursday night’s game against the New York Jets as the third-ranked rushing defense in the NFL.

That didn’t stop Matt Forte, Bilal Powell and the Jets from running seemingly unchecked through the Buffalo defense to the tune of 194 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 34-21 victory.

Forte rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets took advantage of three Buffalo fumbles on the night. Powell also rushed for 74 yards on nine carries for the Jets. New York also sacked Tyrod Taylor seven times as the Jets dominated the line of scrimmage.

After Josh McCown and Zay Jones traded 10-yard touchdowns, the Jets slowly took control as the Bills kept making mistakes.

McCown connected with Robbie Anderson for a 25-yard touchdown pass on the Jets’ opening possession of the third quarter. Powell sprung for a 51-yard run before Forte scored his first touchdown of the night on a 10-yard carry to extend the Jets lead to 24-7. A Nick O'Leary touchdown set up a 5-yard Forte touchdown run to give the Jets a 31-7 cushion.

O’Leary, Taylor and Jordan Matthews each lost fumbles for Buffalo. The first six Buffalo possessions of the second half resulted in just two total first downs and none of the six drives lasted longer than five plays.

Deonte Thompson caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Taylor with 4:10 remaining and Taylor scored on a quarterback sneak after the Bills recovered an onside kick, but it was far too little, too late.

Taylor completed 29 of 40 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns for the Bills, but many of those yards came in garbage time with the game already in hand. LeSean McCoy was held to just 25 yards on 12 carries.

37 responses to “Matt Forte’s two touchdowns lead Jets to 34-21 win over Bills

  1. It has been funny listening to Bills fans talk about playoffs all week. No true Bills fan says that.

  2. As soul crushing as that was to watch for us Bills lifers…. Tony Romo is amazing in the booth. Watching the Bills O-line play patty cake and the defense to their best impressions of almost tackling; Tony’s banter kept me sane throughout. I can’t wait to watch any game he commentates after hearing him for the first time. Truly great stuff listening to his genuine perception on things.

  3. This team is no different. Every time we have made it to 5-2 during the dought, we have lost a winnable game against the Jets, that we were favored in, to fall to 5-3. The season has since unraveled every time after that.

    I do not see this team winning more than one game for the rest of the season, a home game against the Colts. We have piled up turnovers to disguise the fact that our defense is giving up massive amounts of yards. Our offense is efficient with what we have, but not very productive. We cannot win shootouts, and when a team plays mistake free against us, or plays shut down defense, we will not win.

    Im dissapointed, but still optimistic with the long term picture for this team. This season, however, does not appear to be going anywhere. Been saying it for weeks now. Trying to get bills fans to pump the brakes. But there are so many games left to play.

    We are nowhere near proving to anyone that we are legit yet.

  4. An embarrassing, ugly performance by the Bills on national television. But the season isn’t over, even with the loss they are still in the lead for the top AFC wild card. It’s a bad, ugly loss. But it’s one loss. They’re still in very good position with Benjamin coming in and Clay coming back and, perhaps most importantly, none of the teams behind them (as all of the non-division leaders are behind them) looking primed to make a run.

  5. Tyrod Taylor is the prime example of why fantasy football has very little to do with the real game of football.

  6. This Bills team has some soul searching to do in the next few days. They need to decide if they’re the team that beat Oakland last week or the team that showed up tonight.

    If it’s the latter, please tell us now so we can get this playoffs notion out of our heads. And don’t feel bad about it if it is. We’re used to it.

  7. Good win by the Jets…that’s what a D Line with that talent level should look like. Romo really has gotten better every week, he was entertaining and his observations were on point.

  8. gah.

    This is EXACTLY why, as a long time Bills fan, I didn’t say anything leading up to this game… No playoff talk, no bragging, nothing except “I hope…”

    This is exactly the “crucible” type game the Bills have been blowing for decades. People finally start paying attention to the Bills, they have a game on the big stage – and the Bills “Bills up the joint”…

    This is the type of game a playoff calibre team HAS to win. Winning games at home is one thing. But to be a real playoff calibre team, you have to be able to go into their house and take the game. This years Bills haven’t really done that yet, and I don’t think they’ll be able to…

    Credit to the Jets – They came out feisty. They WANTED this win and showed the entire game…

    *sigh* Not the worst Bills team ever, but unless Benjamin is a bigger influence on the Bills red zone offense than I think, the Bills are gonna be stuck in the middle of the pack… again…

  9. 60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    November 3, 2017 at 12:02 am

    As soul crushing as that was to watch for us Bills lifers…. Tony Romo is amazing in the booth. Watching the Bills O-line play patty cake and the defense to their best impressions of almost tackling; Tony’s banter kept me sane throughout. I can’t wait to watch any game he commentates after hearing him for the first time. Truly great stuff listening to his genuine perception on things.
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    Only reason I watched the game to the end, was because of Romo.
    Well, he is off to the big league of Sunday football…Thursdays won’t be the same.
    His ad-lib of what the refs were saying when they threw flags for unsportsmanlike conduct was hilarious.
    And his dissection of plays is the best. A ex-player in booth adds a real perspective.

  10. The Bills got smashed. I felt like Rex Ryan was dropped in to coach this game. That was definitely his Bills teams of the past 2 years – taking all sorts of dumb penalties, getting out-executed, and generally doing their best to beat themselves (credit to the Mets though, they played amazing).

    The Bills o line was absolutely horrific tonight. That was possibly the worst offensive line performance I have seen in YEARS. I don’t understand why a lad Ducasse is even on the field. Jordan Mills went back to his terrible play of last year. The right side was just owned all night. Even Cordy Glenn was getting owned at times.

    Juan Castillo needs to step it up or find a new job. This same exact o line looked much better under Aaron Kromer.

    Good reality check for us Bills fans, though. This team still has a long way to go. Going 5-2 was fun, but there is still too many Big holes at key positions, too little depth. Not enough pressure from the D line (we can’t sack a QB to save our lives…). TWO Big gaping holes on the right side of the O line.
    This team is nowhere near a finished product. I am still very confident that we have the right coach and GM to get this turned around. They just need time. Hitting on as many of those 5 top 90 picks as possible this next draft will help speed things up.

  11. They’re BAAAAACK!! Caught all the breaks the first seven games and came away with 5 wins. The turnovers couldn’t and can’t keep same pace they were on. Second half of season will be more “Bills like”. Playoffs? PLAYOFFS? Are you kidding me??

  12. joetoronto says:
    November 3, 2017 at 4:17 am
    But what about the Super Bowl parade they have planned in Buffalo?

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    Didn’t these same Bills just beat the Raiders into submission?

  13. Bills can’t handle prosperity, this game was a total team fail. Next game vs. Saints should tell us where they are headed rest of the season.

  14. Congrats to the Jets, they deserved that win last night. Bills came out flat, but that is nothing to take away from the Jets front seven, as good as any in the NFL. The only bright spot was our punter lol……….and I was happy to see Zay Jones score his first TD. And yeah, Joe, I’m still here, always will be. I will give credit where credit is due, something you would never do when the Bills pounded the Raiders. The Jets pounded us last night and they played one heck of a game. As BB would say, on to next week.

  15. Credit to Todd Bowles and his coaching staff. He has arguably one of the worst rosters in the league, but this team plays hard every game and has vastly exceeded expectations. Do not overlook the baby Jets.

  16. joetoronto says:
    November 3, 2017 at 4:17 am
    But what about the Super Bowl parade they have planned in Buffalo?
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    The same parade for the Raiders, before they were curb stomped by the Bills.

  17. This team reminds me of the Pats 20 years ago, no stars, just guys who play hard. Jet D looks like a playoff defense last night, running game also dominant. This team has a bright future and no one wants to play the. T Law has like 10 posts on this story, Jets are in his head again, lol! This team has a bright future.

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