The New York Jets completely sucked, stifled, stole (or any other related verb) the thunder the Buffalo Bills had coming into Thursday night’s primetime game. It was surely a painful one for Bills fans to watch, but there’s always some light within the darkness.
Here are some of the things that I liked from the Buffalo Bills in the game.
Zay going viral
Sure, rookie wide receiver Zay Jones had his best game of the season, snagging his first career touchdown and posting season highs across the board, but it was the celebration that accompanied the TD that really stole the show.
Jones and teammate Andre Holmes' end zone performance was among the best ones that we’ve seen so far across the league. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to hit theaters next month, and Jones and Holmes gave us an excellent rendition of an intergalactic lightsaber dual. To top it off, Jones, hit Holmes with a sweet Darth Vader force-choke to finish the battle and solidify his claim to most likely having the best touchdown celebration this week.
Zay showing his toughness
The rookie has been heavily criticized this season, and rightfully so, but there really was little to pick on him for against the Jets. After scoring the Bills’ first touchdown in the game, Jones suffered a knee injury in the first half that looked like it could be serious.
Warning: it was a nasty one.
Jones was able to return and hauled in two more receptions. He’s only 22, but he showed a lot of heart and toughness Thursday night.
Humber puts up a solid effort in his return
Ramon Humber had not played in Buffalo’s previous three games because of a thumb injury, but he was solid on Thursday. The linebacker finished the game tied for second on the team in total tackles (seven), and tied for first in tackles for loss (two). He also momentarily exited the game because of injury but was able to return.
Tyrod’s sweet bomb to Thompson
Tyrod Taylor definitely has his fair share of haters, but even they routinely have a hard time criticizing his deep throws. The quarterback delivered another nice one Thursday night that traveled 26 yards towards the back of the end zone into the waiting hands of Deonte Thompson. The score was the recently-signed Thompson’s first touchdown as a Bill.
He fumbled twice, with one of them resulting in a turnover, but Taylor deserves credit for keeping composed during a really ugly performance by his team overall. Many of his quarterback peers who find themselves in circumstances like what Taylor was presented with on Thursday, would have tried to take the game into their own hands and most likely cause the team more harm than good. That isn’t Taylor’s style. He held firm once again, despite being sacked a season-high seven times and not getting much help from the Bills defense or their rushing attack. The Bills QB finished 29-of-40 for 285 yards and two touchdowns through the air and one on the ground.