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Buffalo Bills Links, 10/26: Bills get to 5-2

It wasn’t pretty, but we recap how the Bills swept the Jets

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The Buffalo Bills (5-2) held off the winless New York Jets (0-7) 18-10 in Week 7 at MetLife Stadium, and in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we break down the game as the Bills completed the season sweep of the hapless Jets.

We recap the good: rookie kicker Tyler Bass tying a franchise record with six made field goals, wide receiver Cole Beasley setting career highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (112), quarterback Josh Allen eclipsing 300 yards while directing an offense that moved up and down on the Jets (despite not scoring a touchdown), rookie running back Zack Moss recording 72 yards of total offense, the defense pitching a second-half shutout, rookie cornerback Dane Jackson stepping up and delivering an interception and two pass breakups, defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson tipping a pass that led to the game-sealing interception, and Jerry Hughes recording two sacks as part of a resurgent pass rush that sacked Sam Darnold seven times).

We also discuss the bad: linebacker A.J. Klein is a liability on defense, the run defense allowed the ageless Frank Gore and rookie La’Mical Perine to average 4.6 yards per tote in the first half, the Bills were once again undisciplined with 11 penalties, guards Brian Winters and Ike Boettger were below average on Sunday, Bass badly misfired on a 37-yard field goal before getting into a kicking groove, the offense went 0-for-5 in the red zone and a Bills team with aspirations of a deep run in January allowed a winless Jets team to hang around for much longer than Bills fans would have liked.

Bills-Jets observations: Defense channels 2019 – The Athletic
Why did the Bills let the Jets hang around for so long, and is their sudden defensive revival sustainable? (Subscription required).

The game story: Bills end 2-game skid with 18-10 victory over winless Jets -
Josh Allen and the Bills were held out of the end zone for the first time this season.

Bills avoid embarrassment as Bass, defense step up against Jets - Democrat & Chronicle
It was a frustrating day for the Bills’ offense, but Tyler Bass made six field goals in an 18-10 victory over the Jets.

It was a struggle, but a win is what mattered most - WGR 550
It wasn’t pretty, but an ugly win is much better than a stunning loss.

In win over Jets, Bills do whatever it takes to snap losing streak - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
Buffalo (5-2) fails to score a touchdown against the winless Jets, instead relying on 2020 sixth-round kicker Tyler Bass to knock in six field goals.

Bills hang on to beat Jets 18-10 behind six field goals - WKBW
Tyler Bass tied a franchise record for kicks made in a game as Buffalo moves to 5-2.

Bills offense fails to find the end zone in 18-10 win | News 4 Buffalo
The Buffalo Bills topped the winless New York Jets 18-10 on Sunday. but for the first time this season, the Bills failed to find the end zone.

Analysis: Cole Beasley makes a killing underneath to carry Bills’ attack | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Cole Beasley caught a career-high 11 passes for 112 yards in the Bills’ 18-10 victory.

Bills win ugly vs. Jets, 18-10; Jerry Hughes sensational as defense steps up: Instant observations -
Hughes records two sacks and an interception to help Bills improve to 5-2.

Bills still in search of an identity after win over Jets – The Athletic
The debate will rage on about what type of team the 2020 Bills are after 18-10 win. Really, they are a team still in search of an identity. (Subscription required).

Column: Bills are 5-2, but still show signs of struggling | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Jets are as awful as their 0-7 record indicates. Let’s not lose sight of that while trying to figure out what to make of the Bills’ 5-2 record.

Top 3 things we learned from Bills at Jets | Week 7 -
Jerry Hughes led the pass-rush attack, Cole Beasley produced career highs in receptions and receiving yards and Tyler Bass recounts the highs and lows from a franchise record-tying day.

Defense’s second half turnaround leads the way - WGR 550
After a shaky first half, the Buffalo Bills’ defense responded with just four yards against to the New York Jets in an 18-10 win on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Bills defense bails out offense in win over Jets – The Athletic
With a win over the Jets on Sunday, the Bills have managed to reach 5-2 despite being outscored for the year, 178-174. (Subscription required).

Column: Jerry Hughes, defense take control against Jets as team struggles to find identity | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Hughes, 32, had two sacks, a forced fumble and his first career interception to secure a stomach-churning, 18-10 comeback victory against the winless New York Jets,” writes Jason Wolf.

Field goals and defense push Bills past Jets - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills improved to 5-2 in 2020 with an 18-10 win over the New York Jets in Week 7.

Just for kicks: Bills hold off Jets with FGs, dominant second-half defense (Week 7 report card) -
Buffalo couldn’t punch the ball into the end zone, but they completed the season sweep of the Jets.

Observations: Rookie kicker Tyler Bass’ up-and-down day ends on a high note for Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Buffalo Bills had a kicking problem at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Final score, recap, highlights: Bills 18, Jets 10 - Democrat & Chronicle
Buffalo bounced back after two straight losses to Super Bowl contenders.

Report Card: Second-half adjustments lead to solid defensive grades | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Jay Skurski weighs in with his grades on the Bills’ 18-10 victory over the Jets at MetLife stadium.

Bills report card: Tyler Bass has record day after rocky start - Democrat & Chronicle
Sal Maiorana’s grades for the Bills after their 18-10 victory over the winless Jets.

Bills’ Quinton Jefferson, Jerry Hughes make impact plays vs. Jets (9 reasons to be encouraged, 4 reasons to be worried) -
The Bills could not find the end zone, but the Jets could not find yards in the second half.

The Buffalo Bills beat the NJ Jets: 10 Things I Think I Think - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
What to make of the Bills’ 18-10 win over the winless Jets.

Hot Reads: Nothing comes easy in Bills’ win vs. 0-7 Jets | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Let’s not kid ourselves about the Jets. They are a terrible team that is 0-7 on merit.

Josh Allen finds a new way to reach the 300-yard passing plateau -
Head coach Sean McDermott lauds quarterback's discipline in 307-yard performance.

Bills coach Sean McDermott lauds team for ‘character win’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“It’s hard to win in this league,” McDermott said. “Standings don’t matter.”

Sean McDermott calls Bills’ victory over Jets ‘character win;’ praises rookie Dane Jackson, Josh Allen -
McDermott called this week the most important of season for Bills in postgame locker room speech.

‘SHOUT!’ postgame podcast: Bills back in the win column with Patriots up next -
Beat writers Matt Parrino and Ryan Talbot break down the game.

Bills' Tyler Kroft comes up big after daughter's birth spared him from Covid-19 list | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Tyler Kroft’s newborn daughter became the Buffalo Bills’ saving grace.

18 points? Bills hit unique total for only third time in team history | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
It is only the third time in franchise history that the Bills have landed on 18 points.

Bills Today | How the Bills adjusted to the COVID-19 news -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Monday, Oct. 26.

Bills favored against Patriots for first time in five years | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The last time the Bills were favored against New England was more than five years ago—Week 2 of the 2015 season.

Belichick: Cam Newton absolutely Patriots QB moving forward - WGR 550
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says Cam Newton will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward following being pulled in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers.

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