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Key Coaching Decision #1: (BILLS PRE-GAME / Game Week)
• There really were not many in-game decisions of note or consequence. The decisions that led to victory were done earlier in the week, when Bills head coach Sean McDermott decided to start newly signed quarterback Matt Barkley. Barkley was signed on October 30 and was pressed into starting duty early. It wasn’t just Barkley that was new, as starting left guard Wyatt Teller also was added to the starting lineup. He was a bully in the ground game and allowed the Bills running game to excel against the Jets.
• The Bills offense showed signs of sustained creativity. They used different personnel groups in the first half to exploit some matchup advantages. They also played with a quicker tempo and altered snap counts successfully to slow down the Jets defense. A Barkley touchdown pass to left tackle Dion Dawkins on a tackle eligible play from the 7-yard line is the type of creativity the Bills need going forward as they have below-average personnel currently.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (BUF ball, leading 7-0/ fourth-and-6, BUF 47/ 7:26 Q1)
• The Bills’ creativity showed up on special teams as well early. With a 7-0 lead and in punt formation, Logan Thomas — a tight end and former college starting quarterback at Virginia Tech — takes a direct snap and throws a pass to Robert Foster for a first down to extend a Bills drive. The drive continues on and ends in a Bills score and Buffalo takes a 14-0 lead.
• Both teams now go into the bye week after this game. The Bills probably don’t want one as their successful offensive performance gave them momentum, while the Jets desperately need one as this was their fourth straight loss. The bye week gives Bills quarterbacks Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman time to come back from their injuries, but now head coach Sean McDermott has a decision to make regarding who starts at quarterback.
• Buffalo had scored only one touchdown in three games prior to their offensive outburst on Sunday. They had 26 consecutive first-half drives without a touchdown.
• The Bills offense was the story of the game as their surprising play allowed them to take a 31-3 lead before the half. However, their defense was equally as impressive against veteran quarterback Josh McCown. The Jets were 1 of 12 on third down and Buffalo didn’t allow a first down until midway through the second quarter.