Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets

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In his first start of the season Matt Barkley threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns as the Buffalo Bills beat the New York Jets 41-10.

1:09 | November 11, 2018 | Buffalo Bills, Football, New York Jets, NFL

Game Information
Location: MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 77,982

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Matt Barkley had just put the finishing touches on a stunning victory when he jogged over to the sideline, found his mother in the stands and handed her his well-deserved game ball.

It was quite a moment for the Buffalo Bills quarterback, who looked nothing like a guy who had no job and an uncertain future just a few weeks ago.

Barkley sparked Buffalo's bumbling offense with two touchdown passes, including one to offensive tackle Dion Dawkins , LeSean McCoy broke out of a season-long slump with 113 yards rushing and a pair of TD runs, and the Bills embarrassed the New York Jets 41-10 on Sunday.

"For me, I knew I could play in this league," Barkley said. "To get back out there after two years, it was, and I don't want to be cliche by saying it was like riding a bike, but I've done this for years. I feel like I was made to play football and (today) was an example of going out there and doing what I was made to do."

Barkley made his first start in nearly two years, and looked the best of any of the four quarterbacks the Bills (3-7) have trotted out this season. The 28-year-old journeyman was 15 of 25 for 232 yards while helping Buffalo snap a four-game losing streak as the Bills put up 451 yards of total offense.

Barkley got the nod from coach Sean McDermott ahead of the ineffective Nathan Peterman despite having just two weeks of practice with the Bills since signing on Oct. 30. Rookie Josh Allen has missed four straight games with a sprained right elbow, and Derek Anderson is sidelined with a concussion. Barkley's last start came in the 2016 season finale for Chicago.

Now the question is: Should Barkley be the Bills' starter moving forward?

"I don't know," Barkley said. "That's a question I don't have the answer to, nor the authority to answer. I'll be ready to play. This QB situation seems to be fluctuating. In whatever way I can help this team, that's my goal."

Added McDermott: "Give me some time on that."

Meanwhile, the hot seat under coach Todd Bowles reached a boiling point as the Jets (3-7) got completely manhandled by a team that entered with a league-low 96 points and had two touchdowns in its previous four games.

"Everything that could've gone wrong went wrong," Bowles said. "We stunk it up as coaches, we stunk it up as players."

The Jets have a bye-week break and the future of Bowles, in his fourth season, is in serious doubt. Owner Christopher Johnson declined comment to reporters after the game.

"We're going to try like hell to win our last six games," Bowles said.

New York started 39-year-old Josh McCown in place of injured rookie Sam Darnold, but he couldn't prevent the Jets from their fourth straight loss in front of a frustrated fan base that booed lustily throughout.

McCown was 17 of 34 for 135 yards with two interceptions, and the Jets finished with just 199 total yards.

"That's the first time I felt like somebody really smacked us," cornerback Morris Claiborne said, "and we didn't do nothing about it."

Barkley certainly didn't look rusty, launching a 47-yard pass to Robert Foster on the Bills' first offensive play. Foster, just promoted from the practice squad, beat top Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who had missed the previous five games with an injured quadriceps.

On the next play, Barkley handed off to McCoy, who scored his first touchdown of the season with a 28-yard run that gave Buffalo a 7-0 lead 49 seconds in.

Barkley and the Bills took a 14-0 lead midway through the opening quarter on a fluky play. On third-and-7 from the 11, Zay Jones caught a pass and took it 10 yards before fumbling as he reached the goal line. Tight end Jason Croom recovered in the end zone for a touchdown that was upheld by video review.

The 14-play, 73-play drive was prolonged by a fake punt on fourth-and-6 from the Bills 47 when the ball was snapped directly to tight end Logan Thomas, a quarterback at Virginia Tech. Thomas then completed a 19-yard pass to Foster for the first down.

The Bills outgained the Jets 186-1 after one quarter, and added to their lead less than two minutes into the second quarter on Stephen Hauschka's 54-yard field goal that made it 17-0.

If there was any doubt as to where this game was headed, the Bills added in some trickery - and embarrassment for the Jets - on their next drive.

Dawkins lined up as an eligible receiver on first-and-goal from the 7. Barkley, of course, found the 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman wide open for a touchdown.

The Jets had another brutal sequence on their next possession, when they had three - yes, three - holding penalties called on one play. Then McCown, facing a blitz, threw the ball up down the left sideline and Matt Milano picked it off.

Seven plays later, McCoy ran it in from the 1 - moments after it was ruled he was down there and had a TD reversed - to put Buffalo up 31-0.

THE REAL McCOY

McCoy surpassed 500 career points, and vaulted into 26th place on the career yards rushing list. He also topped 100 yards rushing for the first time since gaining 156 in a 13-7 overtime win over Indianapolis on Dec. 10.

"It's like that big monkey's off my back a little bit," McCoy said.

McCoy has 10 career games with at least 100 yards on the ground and two rushing TDs, joining Adrian Peterson as the only active players to do so.

INJURIES

Bills CB Taron Johnson left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and didn't return. ... Milano left to be evaluated for a head injury in the fourth quarter. ... The Jets reported no injuries.

UP NEXT

Bills: Bye. Home vs. Jacksonville on Nov. 25.

Jets: Bye. Home vs. New England on Nov. 25.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Jets
14:11 LeSean McCoy 28 yd run (Stephen Hauschka kick) 7 0
02:12 Jason Croom 0 yd own fumble return (Stephen Hauschka kick) 14 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Jets
13:52 Stephen Hauschka 54 yd FG 17 0
07:58 Dion Dawkins 7 yd pass from Matt Barkley (Stephen Hauschka kick) 24 0
00:42 LeSean McCoy 1 yd run (Stephen Hauschka kick) 31 0
00:00 Jason Myers 55 yd FG 31 3

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Jets
06:32 Isaiah Crowell 5 yd run (Jason Myers kick) 31 10
00:33 Zay Jones 8 yd pass from Matt Barkley (Stephen Hauschka kick) 38 10

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Jets
02:44 Stephen Hauschka 31 yd FG 41 10

Team Stats
  Buffalo New York
1st Downs 23 12
Total Yards 451 199
Passing 239 116
Passing Completions/Attempts 16-26 17-34
Yards/Pass 8.9 3.1
Rushing 212 83
Rushing Attempts 46 18
Yards/Rush 4.6 4.6
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Possession 39:22 20:38

Buffalo Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Matt Barkley 15 25 232 9.3 2 0
Logan Thomas 1 1 15 15.0 0 0

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Josh McCown 17 34 135 4.0 0 2

Buffalo Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
LeSean McCoy 26 113 4.3 2 28
Marcus Murphy 14 69 4.9 0 17
Isaiah McKenzie 3 32 10.7 0 15
Matt Barkley 3 -2 -0.7 0 0

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Elijah McGuire 6 30 5.0 0 13
Trenton Cannon 4 30 7.5 0 21
Isaiah Crowell 7 19 2.7 1 18
Josh McCown 1 4 4.0 0 4

Buffalo Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Robert Foster 3 105 35.0 0 47
Zay Jones 8 93 11.6 1 33
Andre Holmes 1 22 22.0 0 22
Isaiah McKenzie 1 14 14.0 0 14
Dion Dawkins 1 7 7.0 1 7
LeSean McCoy 1 5 5.0 0 5
Logan Thomas 1 1 1.0 0 1
Terrelle Pryor Sr. 0 0 0.0 0
Kelvin Benjamin 0 0 0.0 0

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Chris Herndon 3 34 11.3 0 22
Elijah McGuire 3 27 9.0 0 12
Quincy Enunwa 4 18 4.5 0 7
Isaiah Crowell 2 18 9.0 0 18
Jermaine Kearse 2 16 8.0 0 8
Charone Peake 1 11 11.0 0 11
Jordan Leggett 1 6 6.0 0 6
Trenton Cannon 1 5 5.0 0 5
Rishard Matthews 0 0 0.0 0
Eric Tomlinson 0 0 0.0 0

Buffalo Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Tremaine Edmunds 4 4 0 0
Jordan Poyer 3 3 1 6
Matt Milano 3 3 0 0
Jerry Hughes 2 1 1 8
Shaq Lawson 2 1 1 5
Rafael Bush 2 3 0 0
Taron Johnson 2 0 0 0
Tre'Davious White 2 0 0 0
Lorenzo Alexander 1 1 0 0
Deon Lacey 1 1 0 0
Siran Neal 1 0 0 0
Harrison Phillips 1 1 0 0
Reid Ferguson 0 0 0 0
Micah Hyde 0 2 0 0
Ryan Lewis 0 1 0 0
Star Lotulelei 0 1 0 0
Jordan Phillips 0 1 0 0
Logan Thomas 0 0 0 0
Levi Wallace 0 1 0 0
Kyle Williams 0 1 0 0
Eddie Yarbrough 0 1 0 0

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Avery Williamson 7 4 0 0
Darron Lee 5 6 0 0
Marcus Maye 4 1 0 0
Buster Skrine 4 0 0 0
Jamal Adams 3 1 0.5 4
Trumaine Johnson 3 0 0 0
Mike Pennel 3 2 0 0
Henry Anderson 2 1 0 0
Nathan Shepherd 2 3 0 0
Jordan Jenkins 1 2 0.5 4
Jeremiah Attaochu 1 1 0 0
Morris Claiborne 1 3 0 0
Brandon Copeland 1 1 0 0
Frankie Luvu 1 0 0 0
Steve McLendon 1 1 0 0
Charone Peake 1 0 0 0
Leonard Williams 1 1 0 0
Tarell Basham 0 1 0 0
Terrence Brooks 0 0 0 0
James Carpenter 0 0 0 0
Chris Herndon 0 0 0 0
Neville Hewitt 0 0 0 0
Kevin Pierre-Louis 0 0 0 0
Brandon Shell 0 0 0 0

Buffalo Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Matt Milano 1 29 0
Micah Hyde 1 16 0

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Buffalo Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Isaiah McKenzie 1 33 33.0 0 33

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Andre Roberts 5 132 26.4 0 36
Eric Tomlinson 1 10 10.0 0 10

Buffalo Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Isaiah McKenzie 4 42 10.5 0 21
Micah Hyde 1 17 17.0 0 17

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Andre Roberts 1 15 15.0 0 15

Buffalo Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Hauschka 2 2 100.0 54

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Jason Myers 1 1 100.0 55

Buffalo Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Colton Schmidt 4 174 53

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Lachlan Edwards 7 312 60