There was no joy in upstate New York through three quarters, as the Bills trailed the NY Jets 16-0 in the middle of that frame. Coming into MetLife Stadium as 2.5 point underdogs, Buffalo played well beneath their dog status in a battle of sophomore AFC East first round quarterbacks. Josh Allen lost two fumbles and was picked twice in the first half, one interception going back the other way for a Jet score. Adding insult to injury, the Jets, who missed scoring opportunities in the kicking game with a missed PAT and a missed field goal, added two points with a safety, tackling Frank Gore in the end zone. While the Bills defense played well, the offense was stuck. After three, the team had three points but four turnovers, rarely a ratio of success in the NFL.
Josh Allen Overcame Early Struggles, Devin Singletary Debuts with TD, and John Brown Comes Up Clutch
Josh Allen turned around his performance leading the Bills to victory, finishing the contest at 24 for 37 and 254 yards, to go with his two INTs, two lost fumbles, and a meager rating of 71.2. But Allen ran for a three-yard score and then threw a 38-yard TD pass to newly acquired WR John Brown with three minutes to go. Allen has MVP odds of +10000.
Rookie running back Devin Singletary opened some eyes, and perhaps took the lead back role from the seemingly ageless veteran Frank Gore, also new to the Bills. While Gore carried 11 times for 20 yards, Singletary scampered for 70 yards on four carries, 50 yards alone on the Bills’ first TD drive. His debut performance thrust the third-round pick from FAU into the Offensive Rookie of the Year conversation; Singletary’s ROY odds are at +1500. John Brown was Allen’s favorite receiver, hauling in seven balls on ten targets for 123 yards and the game-winning TD.
Buffalo Bills Stay Even with Patriots in Division and Conference Overall in Comeback Win
Hours later and 200 miles north on I-95, the Patriots unfurled their new championship banner and unleashed destruction on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although their records stand at an identical 1-0 in the AFC East, the Bills face odds of +900 to win the division and +3900 to win the conference. With the victory, Buffalo did nonetheless lower its Superbowl odds to +6500. In a schedule quirk, the Bills return to East Rutherford next weekend to face the Giants, who lost big to the Cowboys. If Sean McDermott’s team has hopes of making a run this season, they’d best play more than just a fourth quarter. The oddsmakers think they have it in them, as the Bills Odds and the Bills Moneyline for their Week 2 game actually have them as favorites: the odds opened as the Bills Spread -1.5 and Bills Moneyline -116.