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Week 17 Game Recap: New York Jets 13, Buffalo Bills 6

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New York Jets

It’s hard to get excited about the future of this offense. The offensive line is a shambles, the head coach clearly doesn’t want to use the running back in the way that would be most effective and there is no real No. 1 option. On top of all that — and because of it — nobody knows if the quarterback is the answer or not. GM Joe Douglas has his work cut out for him.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills sat most of their starters against the Jets on Sunday as they were locked into a 5 seed. Josh Allen played two series but was replaced by Matt Barkley who struggled. Duke Williams stood out in the receiving game as both John Brown and Cole Beasley were healthy inactives. The Bills play the Texans in the wild card round of the playoffs.

New York Jets

QB Sam Darnold, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 36 - 199 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - -2 - 0
In the final week of the season, facing a defense and team resting key players, Sam Darnold looked fine, though that’s less than what fans were hoping for. His single touchdown went to, of course, Jamison Crowderon a short throw across the middle at the start of the fourth quarter. Darnold’s interception in the first quarter was also to Crowder. On the play, Crowder was tightly covered, and Darn old threw the ball too far inside instead of towards the sideline where only his receiver could make a play. As Crowder had to slow down and turn back to the ball, the defender was able to get a body part in the way and disrupt his reception. The ball ricocheted off Crowder and into a defender’s hands for an interception. The rest of the day was fairly pedestrian with very few mistakes — and very few exceptional plays — for the second-year quarterback.

RB LeVeon Bell, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 41 - 0, Rec: 5 - 36 - 0 (5 targets)
Bell ended the day with just 16 carries, which is baffling enough before you realize he got just four carries in the second half. He also saw just one target in he third and fourth quarters, though everything thrown his way was caught. Bell continued to struggle behind a poor offensive line, and like the rest of the season, never got into a rhythm. He finishes the season with no games of 100 plus yards on the ground and under 1,000 yards for the first time while healthy since his rookie season.

RB Bilal Powell, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 27 - 0
Powell had one big 14-yard run in the second quarter where he flashed some decent speed and elusiveness, but he mostly struggled as much as starter LeVeon Bell did behind an offensive line that is a mess.

WR Jamison Crowder, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 66 - 1 (10 targets)
If nothing else looks good in the Jets offense, at least the chemistry between Jamison Crowder and Sam Darold continues to. Crowder was the target on Darnold’s interception, a ball thrown just behind the receiver which allowed the defender to disrupt the pass, resulting in a tip by Crowder a pick by the defense. However the two hooked up in the fourth quarter on a 2nd and 1 at the goal line. On the play, Crowder ran a short slant and Darnold delivered the ball a little high, but Crowder easily reached up and caught it.

WR Vyncint Smith, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 20 - 0, Rec: 3 - 36 - 0 (4 targets)
With Demaryius Thomas hurt and also relatively ineffective, Smith has taken on a larger role and stepped into the No. 3 spot. The team used him in several ways, including out of the backfield once, where he took a reverse outside and made it to the one yard line, setting up Jamison Crowder’s touchdown reception two plays later.

WR Robby Anderson, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (7 targets)
Anderson had another relatively quiet game, and this time it wasn’t salvaged with a touchdown. Anderson doesn’t often have time to get open downfield and as the Jets passing offense seems to routinely cap out at 25-30 yards, there’s just not much for him to do. The Jets continually send him on short routes, which isn’t a strength. On one play, the very first of the fourth quarter, it appeared Darnold overthrew Anderson on a crossing route, but slowing the film down, it looks like the quarterback expected a deeper cross. While that may be a miscommunication, watching Anderson’ it’s clear his short to intermediate route running isn’t incredibly sharp, so those near misses are a continual issue. Anderson did get a deep shot during the next series but came to a stop and Darnold nearly overthrew him. The ball bounced off a jumping Anderson’s hands, and was nearly intercepted. Whoever is at fault in either situation, the two players are clearly not on the same page.

WR Braxton Berrios, 10 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (2 targets)
Berrios mostly caught punts on Sunday, and caught a dump pass near the end of the third quarter.

TE Daniel Brown, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 32 - 0 (4 targets)
Brown has filled in at tight end but never been a huge part of the gameplan, understandably given how much he has had to help the offensive line block, which is most of what he did again Sunday.

Buffalo Bills

QB Josh Allen, 7 offensive snaps, Pass: 3 - 5 - 5 - 0 TD / 0 INT
Josh Allen started in week 17 against the New York Jets. Allen only played two series before exiting the game in preparation for a wild card weekend matchup against the Texans in the playoffs. Allen had a quiet game when on the field without his offensive weapons.

RB T.J. Yeldon, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 18 - 0, Rec: 3 - 24 - 0 (4 targets)
T.J. Yeldon was active against the Jets on week 17 with Devin Singletary a healthy inactive in preparation for the playoffs. Yeldon has rarely played this season but looked good as a runner and a receiver on Sunday. Yeldon caught the ball well and turned upfield multiple times with runs after the catch. His performed better than his rushing numbers would suggest as he suffered from broken plays on a couple of his carries. He is unlikely to be active against Houston next week but could more juice to the offense than Frank Gore.

RB Frank Gore, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 26 - 0, Rec: 3 - 16 - 0 (4 targets)
Frank Gore was the starter in week 17 against the Jets as Devin Singletary was a healthy inactive. Gore had some brief work, including a good interior carry and a good reception, before exiting the game for rest. Gore will be a backup to Devin Singletary in the playoffs.

RB Devin Singletary
Devin Singletary was a healthy inactive in week 17 against the Jets. The game had no impact on Buffalo’s playoff seed and Buffalo sat multiple starters in preparation for a wild card matchup against the Texans Singletary will be all systems go in the playoffs.

WR Duke Williams, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 108 - 0 (12 targets)
Duke Williams had a prominent role in the Buffalo offense with both Cole Beasley and John Brown healthy scratches. Williams performed well with the opportunity, going over 100 yards receiving and leading the team in receptions. Williams had multiple strong runs after the catch and had a deep vertical route for 41 yards. He adds a physical element to the offense, but Williams has been minimally used in recent weeks. His good showing could gain him involvement in the offense when the Bills travel to Houston in the playoffs.

WR John Brown
John Brown was a healthy inactive in week 17 against the Jets. The game had no impact on Buffalo’s playoff seed and Buffalo sat multiple starters in preparation for a wild card matchup against the Texans. Brown will be ready to roll in wild card weekend at Houston.

WR Cole Beasley
Cole Beasley was a healthy inactive in week 17 against the Jets. The game had no impact on Buffalo’s playoff seed and Buffalo sat multiple starters in preparation for a wild card matchup against the Texans. Beasley will be ready to roll in wild card weekend at Houston.