ORCHARD PARK - One thing the Buffalo Bills will not be fighting for Sunday afternoon is the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff bracket.
The Kansas City Chiefs defeating the Denver Broncos Saturday afternoon killed any chance the Bills had of moving up to a slot where they would have been guaranteed two home playoff games, provided of course that they defeat the New York Jets and then win their first postseason game next weekend.
The Bills can still move up to No. 3, however, if they beat the Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals lose to the Cleveland Browns in a game where neither starting quarterback is playing as Joe Burrow and other starters are sitting out, while Baker Mayfield of the Browns is on injured reserve.
Sal Maiorana and Ryan Miller will be providing live updates all afternoon and evening as the Bills try to finish the regular season on a four-game winning streak and celebrating back-to-back AFC East division titles for the first time since they won four in a row between 1988 and 1991.
Final: Buffalo Bills 27, New York Jets 10
The Bills clinched the AFC East at home for the first time since 1995. Buffalo struggled in the second and third quarters but scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
Josh Allen completed 24 of 45 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns and Devin Singletary ran for 88 yards and a touchdown and added a receiving touchdown. Stefon Diggs led the team with 81 yard and a touchdown on nine receptions.
Buffalo sacked Zack Wilson nine times, with Mario Addison and Jordan Poyer each recording two sacks.
Josh Allen TD to Devin Singletary should seal division for Bills - 3:53 4th quarter
That should clinch the AFC East title for the Bills. Buffalo scored its seconds straight touchdown of the fourth quarter with Devin Singletary catching a 5-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen. Singletary is now first Bill with consecutive multi-touchdown games since Fred Jackson in 2010.
Buffalo will win the division for the second straight year.
— NFL (@NFL) January 10, 2022
Devin Singletary TD puts Buffalo up two scores - Bills 20, Jets 10
The Bills haven't played well but are on the brink of winning the AFC East title. Josh Allen scrambled 32 yards to the Jets' 19-yard line. Allen completed to Isaiah McKenzie for 9 yards to convert a third down and three plays later Devin Singletary punched in a 1-yard touchdown run.
Singletary has five rushing touchdowns in the last four games.
More horrendous Bills play, Jets within 13-10
Following a rare bad snap by Reid Ferguson on a punt which gave the Jets the ball at the Bills 22, the Jets went backwards on offense yet still managed a 49-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiero to cut Buffalo’s lead to 13-10.
To this point, the Bills offense has been putrid. Josh Allen looks completely out of sync, at times even clueless, and the unthinkable - a loss to this Jets team - is certainly a possibility now.
Nightmare continues for Matt Haack - 5:26 3rd quarter
Matt Haack may not still be with the Bills in the postseason. Haack couldn't handle a snap from Reid Ferguson and was barely able to get a punt off as he was brought down. His punt traveled 7 yards and it was returned 7 yards to the Bills' 22-yard line.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) January 9, 2022
Teams trade punts to start second half
Buffalo crossed midfield to start the second half but it's drive stalled at the Jets' 49-yard line. Matt Haack punted into the end zone. New York only mustered 2 yards and punted to the Bills' 21-yard line.
Buffalo salvages end of half with field goal drive - Bills 13, Jets 7
After a pretty terrible second quarter on offense, the Bills closed the half with an impressive 10-play, 81-yard drive to Tyler Bass’ 21 that used all of the final 1:39 on the clock.
Josh Allen, who had been struggling since the second possession of the game, was sharp on the march as he completed five of his first six passes to get into field goal range before three straight incompletions prevented a touchdown.
Allen finished the half 16 of 26 for 157 yards and one TD.
Bills sack Zach Wilson for third time of half
Defensive end Mario Addison caught Zach Wilson from behind for a 9-yard sack on third down. Wilson fumbled but was able to recover at the Jets' 39-yard line. It's Buffalo's third sack of the game. New York punted and Buffalo takes over at its 16-yard line.
Matt Haack has another awful punt - 3:03 2nd quarter
The Jets once again have great field position due to a Matt Haack punt of barely 20 yards. Buffalo went three-and-out again and Haack punted 23 yards to the Jets' 44-yard line.
Bills really playing poorly, now lead just 10-7
The Bills have done a superb job of playing down to yet another opponent because the Jets are now within 10-7 thanks to Zach Wilson’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Keelan Cole on a fourth-and-5 play.
The Bills had the game in complete control when they scored on their first two possessions. Since then, their offense has gone wayward, and punter Matt Haack gave the Jets a drive start at the Bills 45 with a 21-yard punt into the wind.
Before that possession, the Jets had only two first downs and 24 yards. Now they’re within 10-7 and gaining confidence.
— NFL (@NFL) January 9, 2022
Matt Haack shanks punt - 5:22 2nd quarter
Matt Haack had a terrible punt, got to try again, and his second attempt was worse.
Haack punted 28 yards to the Jets' 28-yard line but a scuffle on the play led to offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on long snapper Reid Ferguson and fullback Nick Bawden. Haack then shanked a 21-yard punt to the Bills' 45.
Buffalo has gone three straight possession without a first down.
— Bradley Gelber (@BradleyGelber) January 9, 2022
Boggie Basham sacks Zach Wilson - 10:07 2nd quarter
New York's offense is struggling. The Jets went backward on this possession. New York gained a first down before Jamison Crowder lost 3 yards on a backward pass and rookie Boogie Basham sacked Zach Wilson for a 14-yard loss.
Buffalo goes for it on fourth down, turns it over on downs - 13:26 2nd quarter
The Bills couldn't convert the turnover into points. Buffalo went for it on fourth-and-4 from the Jets' 29-yard line instead of attempting a field goal but Josh Allen's pass to Gabriel Davis went incomplete.
Bills block punt - end of 1st quarter
Buffalo is dominating all three phases of the game. Bills cornerback Cam Lewis knifed in to block Braden Mann's punt. Safety Jaquan Johnson recovered at the Jets' 35-yard line. It's Buffalo's first blocked punt since 201
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 9, 2022
Tyler Bass field goal gives Bills 10-0 lead
The Bills thought they had a second Stefon Diggs touchdown, but replay correctly reversed what looked like a great TD reception to an incomplete pass as Diggs couldn’t get two feet down.
Thereafter, a third-and-10 Josh Allen to Dawson Knox pass was broken up, so the Bills had to settle for Bass’ 41-yard field goal with 2:31 left in the first quarter.
The Bills were backed up to their own 7 but drove 70 yards in 13 plays, eating up 6:29 on the clock. The Jets have had the ball for three plays so far.
Bills take a quick 7-0 lead on Diggs touchdown
That didn’t take long. Four minutes and 18 seconds to be exact as the Bills received the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in seven plays to Josh Allen’s 10-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs who made quite a catch on the sideline in the end zone.
The Bills opened the game with a 17-yard pass to Dawson Knox, and then Devin Singletary broke a 40-yard run to the Jets 10.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 9, 2022
Surprise, surprise, the weather is lousy again
I can’t recall a Bills home schedule that had worst weather than this one, and once again Sunday, it’s not good.
While there is no snow falling, there will likely be a mixed bag of precipitation as the game wears on with the temperature dropping from the low 40s to the low 30s. And the ever-present wind - the one element that hinders offensive play the most - is blowing steady in the 20-25 mph range and gusting harder than that.
Right now, about an hour before kickoff, the rain has already started and it is moving sideways because of the gusts. It’s miserable out there, and I would expect there’s going to be a healthy number of no-shows who will realize staying home and watching on TV is a far better option.
Is it enough of a factor to give the Jets a better chance to stay competitive or perhaps pull an upset? Unlikely, but the Bills will need to avoid turnovers in the wet conditions and not give the Jets any help.
Rookie return man Marquez Stevenson inactive
The Bills have five players on their inactive list and the one that stands out is Stevenson, the rookie returner who has struggled with ball security. He lost a fumble last week that resulted in a Falcons safety, and also bobbled a second punt, though he managed to recover it.
This means Isaiah McKenzie is probably the main returner on a day when the conditions are going to be tricky fielding any type of kick as Sean McDermott is relying on his experience in a game where the Bills are trying to win a division title.
Also inactive due to injuries are defensive end Efe Obada and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders while offensive lineman Bobby Hart and tight end Tommy Sweeney are healthy scratches.
Bills won’t be seeing old friend Shaq Lawson
The former first-round draft pick of the Bills in 2016 was released by the Jets Saturday afternoon, a move that is certainly weird with one game left in the season.
Lawson spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Bills after Rex Ryan and Doug Whaley picked him 19th overall out of Clemson. Lawson struggled to make an impact with the Bills, partially because of injuries but also because once Ryan was fired and Sean McDermott brought his base 4-3 defense to town, Lawson was no longer an ideal fit.
The Bills opted against exercising his fifth-year option which is why he was able to leave via free agency after 2019. He signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Dolphins in 2020, but they moved on after one season as he started just seven of 14 games while recording four sacks.
Lawson then moved on to the Texans, but they traded him to the Jets just before the start of the regular season. Again he started seven of 14 games, though he produced just one sack. He was a healthy scratch for last week’s game against Tampa Bay.
Naturally, some have speculated that the Bills might be interested in signing because he would be eligible to play in the postseason. However, that doesn’t seem like a move the Bills would make, especially since they had seen enough in the two seasons he played with the new regime in place.
Also, is Lawson really any better than any of the edge rushers the Bills currently have on their roster? That would include Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, Greg Rousseau, A.J. Epenesa and Efe Obada.
The only thing that might lead to a reunion is Obada is currently battling an ankle injury, and Lawson does know the system. Still, if the Bills signed him, it seems like it would be to their practice squad just to have him around as insurance.
How to watch, listen to Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets game
When: 4:25 p.m. Sunday
Where: Highmark Stadium
TV: CBS (Kevin Harlan, Trent Green and Melanie Collins)
Satellite radio: Sirius 81, XM 226
Radio: 96.5 FM/950 AM
Series: Bills lead 66-56 counting playoffs.
Tipico betting line: Bills -15.5
► Jets head coach Robert Saleh on Zach Wilson’s improvement: “I felt like his decision-making the first half of the year had been sound. He had been putting the ball in the direction where it needed to go. Now what you’re seeing is that his timing is coming together and it’s really sped up. He’s done a really good job with accuracy over the last few weeks. His pinpoint passing has been fantastic, really coming along. The confidence level, the decision-making has always been there. But the timing, the eye placement, the tempo getting the ball in a spot where only his receiver can catch it has been very, very good. That’s a big reason the turnovers have been cut down.”
► Jets LB C.J. Moseley on losing to the Bucs on a last-minute drive: “Nobody in our circle flinched. That’s all you can ask for. You can’t win every two-minute possession. You can’t win every single game, but we sure did our best. Guys executed well. Offense, defense and special teams played well. We played physical. We communicated. We adjusted on the sidelines. It’s just unfortunate that we came up short at the end.”
Total offense: 379.3 yards (5th); 322.2 (21st)
Rush offense: 127.4 yards (6th); 101.2 (T24th)
Pass offense: 251.9 yards (10th); 221.0 (17th)
Points scored: 28.5 (3rd); 18.8 (25th)
Total defense: 286.5 yards (1st); 396.0 (32nd)
Rush defense: 113.6 yards (19th); 136.3 (29th)
Pass defense: 172.9 yards (1st); 259.7 (29th)
Points allowed: 17.4 (2nd); 29.8 (32nd)
Buffalo Bills and New York Jets individual leaders
Bills: Devin Singletary 169 carries, 782 yards; Josh Allen 117-700; Zack Moss 91-337; Matt Breida 26-125; Isaiah McKenzie 8-37; Emmanuel Sanders 2-31; Mitchell Trubisky 10-27.
Jets: Michael Carter 138-620; Tevin Coleman 79-350; Ty Johnson 60-239; Zach Wilson 27-161; Austin Walter 26-101; Elijah Moore 5-54.
Bills: Josh Allen 385 of 601, 4,168 yards, 34 TDs,15 interceptions.
Jets: Zach Wilson 206 of 363, 2,247 yards, 8 TDs, 11 interceptions; Mike White 88 of 132, 953 yards, 5 TDs, 8 interceptions.
Bills: Stefon Diggs 94 catches, 1,144 yards; Cole Beasley 78-662; Dawson Knox 46-538; Emmanuel Sanders 42-626; Devin Singletary 38-204; Gabriel Davis 32-510; Zack Moss 21-191; Isaiah McKenzie 19-169; Tommy Sweeney 9-44; Matt Breida 7-72.
Jets: Jamison Crowder 50-431; Braxton Berrio 46-431; Elijah Moore 43-538; Michael Carter 36-325; Ty Johnson 34-372; Corey Davis 34-492; Ryan Griffin 27-261; Keelan Cole 25-395; Tyler Kroft 15-168; Tevin Coleman 11-49; Denzel Mims 8-133.
Buffalo Bills schedule
9/12 vs. Steelers, L 16-23
9/19 at Dolphins, W 35-0
9/26 vs. Washington, W 43-21
10/3 vs. Texans, W 40-0
10/10 at Chiefs, W 38-20
10/18 at Titans, L 31-34
10/24 Bye week
10/31 vs. Dolphins, W 26-11
11/7 at Jaguars, L 6-9
11/14 at Jets, W 45-17
11/21 vs. Colts, L 15-41
11/25 at Saints, W 31-6
12/6 vs. Patriots, L 10-14
12/12 at Buccaneers, L 27-33 OT
12/19 vs. Panthers, W 31-14
12/26 at Patriots, W 33-21
1/2 vs. Falcons, W 29-15
1/9 vs. Jets, 1 p.m. .
Sal Maiorana can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @salmaiorana.
This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Buffalo Bills 27, New York Jets 10: Final score, recap, highlights