The onslaught was on from the very first play of the game.
After winning the coin toss, Buffalo deferred to the second half. As New York returner Xavier Gipson made his way past the 20-yard line, fullback Reggie Gilliam laid the hammer on the rookie and forced a fumble, which Quintin Morris recovered. The Bills had to settle for a field goal after Allen took a sack on third down, but the tone had been set as Buffalo led for the remainder of the game.
After kicking three consecutive field goals, the Bills offense got in the end zone after Buffalo cornerback Rasul Douglas’ second quarter interception set the Bills up just outside the red zone.
Douglas jumped in front of a pass intended for Garrett Wilson to set up Buffalo just outside the red zone. The Bills capitalized, with Allen finding Cook wide open on his way to the end zone for the Bills’ first touchdown of the game.
Quarterback Josh Allen finished with 275 yards, three passing touchdowns and an interception. He continued to rely on tight end Dalton Kincaid, who led the Bills with six receptions for 46 yards. Stefon Diggs had four receptions for 27 yards and Khalil Shakir had three catches for 115 yards.
The Bills rush defense held the Jets, led by running back Breece Hall, to just 63 yards on the ground and 92 passing yards. Their ability to take away the run game led to an effective pass rush. Jets quarterbacks Zach Wilson and Mike White, who took over for Wilson in the second half, were sacked six times.
Defensive end Leonard Floyd accounted for 2.5 sacks as the defense dominated the line of scrimmage. Shaq Lawson’s first quarter sack was his the first of the season.
The Jets didn’t convert on third down a single times out of their 11 opportunities, but were 4-for-5 on third down.
In addition to his interception, Douglas recovered a fumble from wide receiver Garrett Wilson after linebacker Tyrel Dodson forced the turnover and had another interception late in the game.
The Jets hadn’t crossed the 50-yard line until their final drive of the first half. It took a pass from punter Thomas Morstead on a fake punt attempt to keep the Jets’ drive alive with running back Breece Hall eventually finding the end zone.
During the drive, safety Taylor Rapp and nickelback Taron Johnson were injured after colliding with Hall. Johnson jogged off the field into the locker room and was later diagnosed with a concussion. Rapp was taken to the hospital in an ambulance with a neck injury.
The Bills opened up the second half by getting Diggs more involved in the passing game before Allen found running back Ty Johnson open on the flat on fourth-and-one. Johnson caught the ball and tight roped down the sideline for his first touchdown of the season.
Buffalo kept the fireworks going in the third, as Allen found Khalil Shakir on a deep fade for an 81-yard touchdown to put the Bills up three scores. The Bills played the entire third quarter with a comfortable lead with their defense never allowing the Jets into the red zone.