The Jets had a 3-0 lead at the half in Buffalo, but two missed field goals and egregious plays from quarterback Sam Darnold kept it from being more. Darnold threw one interception, he almost tossed another, botched a snap and missed his tight end for a touchdown in rainy Buffalo.
First, Darnold tried to force a pass to Jamison Crowder, who had no separation from Bills cornerback Taron Johnson. The ball bounced off Johnson's helmet and into the hands of his Bills teammate Levi Wallace.
The Jets’ defense still forced a three and out, but Darnold would try to give the ball back again. Darnold was picked off a second time, in another example of the young quarterback attempting to force a play. But the Jets were bailed out by an errant penalty from Bills safety Kurt Coleman. Coleman was called for unnecessary roughness on Le’Veon Bell after launching himself into a blindside hit on the Jets running back.
The penalty saved the Jets from a turnover and kept the drive alive. Not long after, Darnold would miss a wide-open Daniel Brown in the endzone, leading to a three point try. After missing a 51-yarder earlier, Jets kicker Sam Ficken connected on a 30-yard field goal attempt to give Gang Green a 3-0 lead.