The Jets dominated the Buffalo Bills from the first kick to the last kneel, and go into the 2016-17 off-season on a high as they look to recover from the 5-11 season the franchise just endured.
Honestly, I think a lot of today's victory can be attributed to the Bills being absolutely horrible. E.J Manuel constantly missed receivers and most of their team looked to be already in off-season mode, but the Jets still had a job to do and they did that well today.
If this is to be the last game of Darrelle Revis's Jets career, at least he went out with an interception, his first of the season. We won't mention the long completion to Hunter or the fact the interception was deflected straight to him, in a down season, it was good to see him doing something positive.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has almost certainly played his final game for the Jets and although he flirted with danger on more than one occasion, he finished the day having thrown two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Bilal Powell was simply fantastic today and has raised the question as to whether he is ready to be a RB1 next season, despite Matt Forte being signed for 2017. He showed patience, acceleration, toughness and an ability to run, block and catch, and he'll surely need to see an increase in touches next season.
The Jets defense which was much maligned during the season showed up in a big way today to largely stifle Buffalo for the entire game. Only a garbage time TD run made the score less humiliating for the team from Orchard Park, as E.J Manuel was unable to get anything started and rookie Cardale Jones was obviously not prepared.
One of the most memorable moments of this game was the TD scored by the Jets kick-off unit, where the Bills inexplicably let the ball bounce into the end zone, only for Doug Middleton to fall on the live ball for the TD. I can only presume that the Bills confused the kick for a punt, believing the ball to be dead as soon as it crossed the goal line, that really summed up Buffalo's day.
I have to also give a hat-tip to the defensive line, a unit that has underperformed this year. It was as solid as I've seen it all season, constantly winning the point of attack. This was a pride showing by a unit that was supposed to be the strength of this team. Wilkerson, Williams, Simon, Richardson and all the linebackers can br proud of their performance today.
I know we usually split this into winners and losers, but after the year we've had, I can't bring myself to out any of these guys into a losers category after a 20 point victory. We weren't perfect, and the Bills were horrendous. We had a couple of blown coverages that went unpunished, a couple of poor throws, a couple of bad drops, but we got the victory.
This is where the hard work begins. The Jets have got to find a way to turn a 5-11 team into a play-off contender, or both Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan will find themselves on the unemployment line come 2018.