ORCHARD PARK – The Bills led 23-20 with 2:35 remaining but the defense couldn’t hold off Sam Darnold and the Jets.
New York’s rookie quarterback led his first ever game-winning drive, highlighted by a perfect 37-yard pass to Robbie Anderson over Tre White.
Instead of kicking a field goal for the tie, New York went for it on 4th-and-goal from the one-yard line. Elijah McGuire punched it in with 1:17 remaining to give the Jets their first lead of the game.
The Bills led 7-0, 14-3, 17-6 and 20-13 early in the second half but couldn’t hang on for the win.
Josh Allen turned the ball over three times including a pair of interceptions.
“I gotta be smarter with the football,” said Allen. “I gave it away three times today. I didn’t put us in great situations or great positions. Coach McDermott preaches ball security all the time and there are a couple plays where it wasn’t the most important thing to me and it hurt us.”
“He’s gotta learn from those,” said McDermott.”I thought at times he tried to do too much. That’s tough living right there. Sometimes it works, but there’s enough times where it doesn’t.”
Allen finished the day 18 of 36 for 206 yards passing.
Darnold was 16 of 24 for 170 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
Run, Josh, run.
Since returning from his elbow injury, the biggest weapon the Bills have are Josh Allen’s legs.
His ability to run was on full display on the opening drive. The rookie quarterback ripped off a 31-yard run before scrambling into the endzone from 6-yards out.
Allen became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 100 yards in back to back games. He also became just the 4th Bills player in franchise history to rush for at least 95 yards in three straight games. Joining the likes of Thurman Thomas, O.J Simpson and Fred Jackson.
LeSean McCoy left the game in the first half with a groin injury and did not return.
Matt Milano was carted off on the Jets final drive after his left ankle was bent back awkwardly.
New York snapped their six-game losing streak and improve to 4-9.
The Bills lose sets them back to 4-10 on the season.
Buffalo hosts Detroit next week.