Barkley leads Bills to emphatic win over Jets

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(WIVB-TV) – In their last three games the Bills had combined for 20 points and had scored just one touchdown. They hit paydirt four times and scored 31 points against the Jets by halftime in a 41-10 win on Sunday.

Matt Barkley, who was making his first career start with Buffalo, threw for 232 yards and LeSean McCoy broke out of his slump with 113. Both had two touchdowns. 

The victory snaps a four game losing streak for Buffalo. It was also the first game Barkley had played since New Year’s Day 2017. 

“I knew I could play in this league,” Barkley said. “I’ve done this for years. I feel like I’m made to play football. Tonight was just an example of me going out there and doing what I was made to do.”

It didn’t take long for Barkley and the offense to find their groove, setting the tone with a two play 75-yard scoring drive to open the game, highlighted by Barkley’s 47 yard completion to Robert Foster on the first play from scrimmage.

Foster ended the game with 105 yards and is the first receiver since Deonte Thompson last season to record a 100 yard receiving game, a streak that spanned 19 games.

After punting on their second drive, Sean McDermott got tricky with the play calling on their third.

Facing 4th-and-6 and in punt formation, Reid Ferguson snapped the ball to Logan Thomas, who fired a pass to Foster for the first down.  Eight plays later, the Bills would be back in the endzone — this time with a little luck.

As Zay Jones extended toward to the goal line on third down, he was hit and fumbled.  Jason Croom spotted the loose leather and jumped on it, giving the Bills a 14-0 lead.

Leading 17-0, and looking to strike again, the Bills went back to the bag of tricks.  With left tackle Dion Dawkins in the game as an eligible receiver, Barkley hit the offensive lineman for a short seven yard score.

McCoy would add his second touchdown of the season late in the first half.

“It’s been some tough weeks. A lot of you guys taking shots at our offense. We hear it,” McCoy said. “To kinda answer in this way, it feels good. We want to feel this feeling for a long time.”

The offensive onslaught slowed down a bit in the second half, with Buffalo reaching paydirt one more time — but they once again did it in impressive fashion.

Barkley and Foster teamed up again for a gain of 43 before the quarterback fired his second score of the day to Jones to give the Bills a 38-10 lead.

The 41 points and 451 yards were the most for the Bills under Sean McDermott. He was proud of the team for the way they stuck together. 

“You learn a lot about yourself and other people when you’re going through some moments of adversity,” McDermott said. “These guys, they understand they’re part of something bigger and you make adversity your ally.”

Buffalo now has a week off before returning to action on November 25 against the Jaguars.

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