Bills quarterback Josh Allen makes an off-balance throw as he is pressured by Packers linebacker Quay Walker.

Josh Allen, Bills look to stay hot against Jets

The Buffalo Bills reside atop the NFL in a number of offensive categories this season, including average passing yards and total yards per game.

The high-octane Bills (6-1) look to continue to run roughshod over their opponents on Sunday when they visit the New York Jets (5-3) in East Rutherford, N.J.

Josh Allen boosted his passing touchdown total to an NFL second-best 19 after throwing for two scores in Buffalo’s 27-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. Allen’s 2,198 passing yards rank third in the league this season.

While Allen has provided fits to the opposition this season, he was quick to hand out verbal bouquets toward the Jets’ sixth-ranked defense on Wednesday.

“C.J. Mosley is playing at a high level again, and if you look at their interior D-line with Quinnen Williams, he’s one of the most — if not the most — disruptive interior linemen in the game right now,” Allen said. “… They’ve got some young guys flying around, look at the corners (with) their high draft pick in (Sauce) Gardner — he’s playing really well right now.”

Williams was more than willing to return the admiration for Allen.

“He can stiff-arm, can run the ball, can jump, can hurdle. He’s basically a running back that can throw the ball real good. He’s an elite quarterback,” Williams said. “… Going against him is going to be a big challenge.”

While Allen is at the controls of the NFL’s top passing offense (307.7 yards per game), Stefon Diggs has proven to be his most trusted target. Diggs is tied for the league lead with seven receiving touchdowns, rests second in receiving yards (764) and third in catches (55).

Diggs had a team-leading six receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown last week. He has recorded at least six catches in all five of his career games versus the Jets.

Diggs is not alone, either. Gabe Davis is second on the team in both receiving yards (418) and receiving touchdowns (four).

“It’s going to be a great challenge because Gabe Davis is a lot better than he was a year ago. Stefon, goes without words,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “… It’s going to (be) our biggest challenge to date, but I do think it’s a challenge that our guys are ready for.”

Devin Singletary totaled three touchdowns in two meetings with New York last season. He found the end zone in the Bills’ 45-17 romp in New Jersey on Nov. 14 before adding both a rushing and a receiving touchdown in Buffalo’s 27-10 win at home on Jan. 9.

It’s not certain what — if any — impact fellow running back Nyheim Hines will make this weekend after he was acquired from the Indianapolis Colts prior to the trade deadline.

Zach Wilson is looking to atone for a three-interception performance last Sunday as New York saw its four-game winning streak come to a halt with a 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots. He has completed just 54.9 percent of his passes and has been picked off five times.

Garrett Wilson had six catches for a season-high 115 yards last week. His 34 catches through eight games are tied for the most by a Jets rookie with Wayne Chrebet (1995).

New York wideout Corey Davis (knee) did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Offensive tackle Duane Brown (shoulder), guard Nate Herbig (hand), safety Lamarcus Joyner (hip) and tight end C.J. Uzomah (shoulder) were limited in the session.

Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer (elbow) joined linebackers Matt Milano (oblique) and Von Miller (rest), guard Rodger Saffold (rest) and running back Taiwan Jones (knee) in failing to participate in practice on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson (38) runs with the ball against New York Jets defensive end Carl Lawson (58) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots extend dominance over Jets as Belichick passes Halas in wins

Bill Belichick became the second-winningest coach in NFL history and Nick Folk kicked five field goals as the New England Patriots pulled off a 22-17 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Belichick earned his 325th win (regular and postseason) to pass George Halas (324) on the all-time list. New England (4-4) also won its 13th straight game against the Jets (5-3).

Folk, who played for New York for seven seasons, made field goals of 31, 42, 49, 45 and 52 yards. Mac Jones completed 24 of 35 passes for 194 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and Rhamondre Stevenson finished with 143 yards from scrimmage (72 receiving, 71 rushing).

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson struggled despite throwing for 355 yards and two touchdowns. He completed just 20 of 41 passes and threw three interceptions. Garrett Wilson hauled in six of those completions for 115 yards, and Tyler Conklin had two receiving scores.

Following halftime, the Patriots’ offense came out roaring, driving 62 yards in six plays to claim a 13-10 edge. Jones capped the march with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jakobi Meyers and, after Greg Zuerlein missed a 45-yard field goal, Folk made it a two-score game with a pair of field goals.

Zach Wilson threw a 9-yard touchdown to Conklin with 1:51 remaining, but the Jets could not recover the ensuing onside kick.

New York took a 10-3 advantage with 12 minutes left in the second on Zach Wilson’s 8-yard TD pass to Conklin.

Cornerback Michael Carter II seemed to extend that lead when he intercepted Jones and sprinted 84 yards to the end zone, but the pick-6 was nullified due to a roughing the passer penalty.

Folk then put a 42-yard field goal through the uprights five plays later, pulling the Patriots within 10-6 as time expired in the first half.

The Jets reached the New England 12 on their second drive of the game thanks to Garrett Wilson’s 54-yard reception, but they had to settle for Zuerlein’s 28-yard field goal to open the scoring.

–Field Level Media

Elijah Moore (8) of the New York Jets sprints downfield during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA on October 2, 2022.

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs New York Jets Week 4

Jets WR Elijah Moore in, WR Corey Davis out vs. Patriots

New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore will draw back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the visiting New England Patriots, coach Robert Saleh said Friday.

Saleh also announced that wide receiver Corey Davis would not participate in practice Friday and will sit out Sunday’s contest. Davis is nursing a knee injury sustained during the first half of the Jets’ 16-9 victory over the Denver Broncos last week.

Moore did not travel to Denver and was inactive for that game. His absence came as a result of the second-year wideout being sent home following a reported heated exchange with offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and subsequent trade request.

Moore, 22, has just 16 catches for 203 yards without a touchdown this season, including four receptions over the past three games that he has played.

He had 43 catches for 538 yards and five touchdowns in just 11 games last season after being selected in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Davis, 27, has 19 receptions for a team-leading 351 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season.

He has 260 catches for 3,694 yards and 17 touchdowns in 72 career games with the Tennessee Titans and Jets. He was selected by the Titans with the fifth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) tackles New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (37) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Pats bring QB circus, 12-game win streak over Jets into tilt

For the better part of 20 years, there were never any questions as to who would be starting under center for the New England Patriots.

But now there are plenty, and the Patriots have some decisions to make regarding their quarterback situation ahead of Sunday’s meeting with the host New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.

After backup quarterback Bailey Zappe appeared in three games, making two starts, Mac Jones made his return on Monday night against the Chicago Bears just four weeks removed from sustaining a high-ankle sprain.

Jones threw just six passes, including one interception, before the New England faithful turned on him. Boos rained down from the stands followed by chants calling for Zappe to enter the game, and sure enough, Patriots coach Bill Belichick made the switch.

“It’s tough as a man to see somebody who worked so hard get that kind of treatment,” New England wide receiver Jakobi Meyers said. “But at the end of the day, we all trying to feed our families, so we got to go out there and make plays.”

Zappe did provide a spark, though. He connected with Meyers for a 30-yard touchdown and led the Patriots (3-4) on a three-play, 50-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard rushing TD from Rhamondre Stevenson that gave New England a 14-10 lead.

However, the Patriots fell apart from there, surrendering 23 unanswered points in losing 33-14.

When asked if Jones and Zappe were competing for the starting job, Belichick wasn’t willing to show his hand — to say the least.

“Yeah, I’m not saying that,” Belichick said. “We’ll talk about it later. See how it goes.”

However, ESPN reported Wednesday that Jones will get the start in New York.

The Jets (5-2) are dealing with offensive adversity of their own, as they lost breakout rookie running back Breece Hall for the season in their 16-9 win over the Denver Broncos last Sunday.

Hall rushed for a 62-yard score and finished with 72 yards on four carries before being carted to the locker room with a knee injury that was later diagnosed as a torn ACL.

It didn’t take long for the Jets to bring in reinforcements, though.

New York traded for Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson on Monday. Robinson has 81 carries for 340 yards and four total touchdowns (three rushing) in seven games (five starts), and he will compete for touches alongside Michael Carter and Ty Johnson.

“He’s a one-cut runner, he gets downhill in a hurry. Really, really good compliment to what Ty Johnson and Michael bring to the table,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “Obviously losing Breece is a big blow, but James Robinson’s a pretty good football player.”

Aside from Hall’s injury, it’s been a remarkable season thus far for New York, which is off to its best start since 2010 and has not lost a game with Zach Wilson at quarterback.

Wilson has guided the Jets to a four-game winning streak, but that could be in jeopardy on Sunday considering the Patriots have won 12 straight games against New York and 15 of the last 16.

Wide receiver Corey Davis (knee) and defensive end John Franklin-Myers (illness) did not practice on Wednesday for the Jets.

Center David Andrews (concussion), safety Kyle Dugger (ankle) and defensive tackle Christian Barmore (knee) were non-participants in New England’s Wednesday practice. Wide receivers Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor were limited.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (25) runs the ball while Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Grover Stewart (90) defends  in the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets trading for Jaguars RB James Robinson

The New York Jets are trading for Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson in the wake of Breece Hall’s season-ending injury, NFL Network reported Monday night.

Jacksonville will receive draft picks in return for Robinson, per the report.

Hall was injured during New York’s 16-9 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday and was later diagnosed with a torn ACL and meniscus injury. He was having a breakout rookie season for the Jets, rushing for 463 yards and four touchdowns on 80 carries in seven games (two starts).

Robinson, 24, has split time with Travis Etienne this season, but has still managed to rack up 340 yards and three touchdowns on 81 carries across seven games (five starts).

New York’s backfield will now feature Robinson, Michael Carter and Ty Johnson.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) hands the ball off to running back Breece Hall (20) in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Jets brace for worst on RB Breece Hall (knee)

The New York Jets are bracing for MRI results Monday to confirm their fears that rookie running back Breece Hall has suffered a season-ending ACL injury.

Jets coach Robert Saleh said after Sunday’s game that “the initial diagnosis was not good.” The Jets defeated the Denver Broncos 16-9 to improve to 5-2.

However, Hall left in the second quarter after landing awkwardly while getting tackled. He had already scored on a 62-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He finished with 72 yards rushing before leaving.

Hall took to social media postgame but didn’t discuss his injury.

“Resilient,” he wrote. “Through all the trials and tribulations JETS WIN!!!!”

Jets right tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker (elbow) and wide receiver Corey Davis (knee) also left Sunday’s game with injuries. Both are also getting MRIs on Monday.

Hall started the past two games for the Jets. His 681 yards from scrimmage are the fourth most ever by a Jets player over the first seven games of the season, per ESPN. He has five touchdowns on the season, four rushing.

Michael Carter, who started the first five games this season, rushed 13 times for 29 yards against the Broncos. He has 228 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the season. He led the Jets in rushing in 2021.

Ty Johnson is the team’s third running back on the roster.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) hands the ball off to running back Breece Hall (20) in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Jets get past Broncos to earn fourth straight win

Breece Hall ran for 72 yards and a score before leaving with a knee injury, Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals and the New York Jets beat the host Denver Broncos 16-9 on Sunday.

Zach Wilson was 16-for-26 passing for 121 yards for New York (5-2), which has won four straight and improved to 4-0 on the road.

Latavius Murray ran for a score, Brett Rypien was 24-for-46 passing for 225 yards and an interception and Jerry Jeudy had seven receptions for 96 yards for the Broncos (2-5).

Rypien made his second career start in place of Russell Wilson, who was out with a hamstring injury.

The Jets took the lead when Hall ran 62 yards for a score and a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

The Broncos responded with a 13-play, 75-yard drive on the ensuing possession, capped by Murray’s two-yard TD run, but the extra point was missed.

The Broncos drove to the New York 38 but Brandon McManus’ 56-yard field goal was wide right. He made up for it on the next Denver drive, connecting from 44 yards out to give the Broncos a 9-7 lead.

The Jets got the ball at their own 25 and Hall left the game after a 2-yard run to start the drive. Wilson guided New York down to the Denver 27 and Zuerlein kicked a 45-yard field goal as time expired to put the Jets ahead 10-9 at halftime.

Both teams punted on their first three possessions of the second half before Lamarcus Joyner intercepted Rypien at the New York 36 and returned it to the Broncos’ 37. Seven plays later Zuerlein hit from 33 yards out to stretch the lead to 13-9 early in the fourth quarter.

Denver went three-and-out on its next possession and the Jets used 6 minutes and 12 seconds to go 50 yards for Zuerlein’s 40-yard field goal that made it a seven-point game with 4:35 left.

The Broncos drove to midfield with 37 seconds left but Rypien’s fourth-down pass to the end zone was broken up to seal the game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson likely game-time decision for Broncos vs. Jets

Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said Friday that the team likely will make the call on gameday whether to play injured quarterback Russell Wilson against the visiting New York Jets on Sunday.

“He’s day-to-day at this point, so it’ll probably be a game-time (decision),” Hackett told reporters. “We just want to be sure he can protect himself. That’s the most important thing.”

Wilson was limited in practice for the third consecutive day and was listed as questionable to play Sunday after he hurt his hamstring during Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He’s also playing through an injury to his throwing shoulder, a partially torn lat muscle that required a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Backup Brett Rypien would be tapped to start if Wilson can’t go. Rypien shared first-string reps with Wilson at practice to prepare for that possibility. Journeyman Josh Johnson is also with Denver but would need to be called up from the practice squad.

The Broncos’ offense has struggled despite the offseason acquisition of Wilson. The former Super Bowl winner has thrown for 1,442 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions through six games, completing 58.6 percent of his passes, far below his career average of 64.8.

Last season marked the first time in his 11-year NFL career that Wilson missed a game, ending a 149-game ironman streak. He missed three in all last season for the Seattle Seahawks.

“He’s a grinder,” Hackett said. “He works hard and he’s tough. That’s who he is — he fights through everything.”

Denver cornerback Essang Bassey (hamstring) was ruled out and safety Caden Sterns (hip) was listed as doubtful. Defensive tackle DeShawn Williams did not practice Friday with a back injury and is questionable, along with offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz (foot), linebacker Josey Jewell (knee) and defensive tackle D.J. Jones (ankle).

The Jets ruled out defensive end Jermaine Johnson II (ankle) and wide receiver Elijah Moore, who requested a trade Thursday. Safety Ashtyn Davis (hamstring) is questionable.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore (8) runs with the ball after the catch as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (22) pursues during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jets coach: Elijah Moore out vs. Broncos after trade demand

New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore will be inactive for this weekend’s game against the Denver Broncos, coach Robert Saleh said Friday.

Saleh’s decision comes one day after Moore was sent home following a reported heated exchange with offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. The second-year wideout also asked to be traded.

“We’ve had our discussions with Elijah. Trading him is not an option,” Saleh said. “Elijah will not play this week. He is in the building, he is excused from meetings, but he’s going through a workout. …He’ll re-join the team on Monday.”

Moore, 22, has just 16 catches for 203 yards without a touchdown this season, including four receptions over the past three games. He had 43 catches for 538 yards and five touchdowns in just 11 games last season after being selected in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

With Moore out of the lineup, the Jets are expected to activate wide receiver Denzel Mims for Sunday’s game.

Mims, who requested a trade from the team in August, has been a healthy scratch for each of the first six games of the season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore (8) runs after a catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Disgruntled Jets WR Elijah Moore excused from practice

Second-year New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore was excused from practice Thursday.

Coach Robert Saleh told reporters it was an excused absence for Moore due to a family matter, but ESPN reported that “Moore’s absence was more football-related.”

Before the Jets took the field for practice, Moore tweeted “Love my teammates!” followed by “God I need direction,” but he deleted the latter.

He had also aired grievances about not being targeted a single time in the Jets’ Week 6 win over the Green Bay Packers, tweeting, “If I say what I really wanna say … I’ll be the selfish guy… we winning. Grateful! Huge blessing! All I ever wanted. Butter (sic) sweet for me em but I’ll be solid. So I’ll just stay quiet Just know I don’t understand either.”

After a promising rookie season in which he caught 43 passes for 538 yards and five touchdowns in just 11 games, the 2021 second-round pick has started every game in 2022. However, he has just 16 receptions for 203 yards without a score.

“You guys look at the last couple weeks, we just haven’t thrown the ball much,” quarterback Zach Wilson told reporters. “A lot of opportunity hasn’t gone around. It’s not a thing where I’m trying to avoid him or whatever it is because he’s a great player. I’m just going through my progressions. … We’re talking about routes and how we can clean things up every week. It’s just being patient and trusting the process.

“I love him and I hope he understands that he’s special to our team.”

–Field Level Media