What We Saw: Week 18

Week 18 was one of the craziest of the season thanks to Jacksonville's stout defense

Jets @ Bills

Final Score: Bills 27, Jets 10

Writer: James Schiano (@JeterHadNoRange on Twitter)


A battle of teams from two different ends of the spectrum was tightly contested for much longer than most thought it would be. Wind, cold, and general inconsistencies kept the Jets in this game despite a franchise-worst 53 total yards. Yeah, total yards. Like the Jets only had 53 yards this entire game despite having a 40-yard touchdown pass. You can’t make it up.


New York Jets




Zach Wilson: 7/20, 87 yards, TD | 2 carries, 24 yards


What an ugly, ugly stat line. This game was never going to be pretty without Elijah Moore, Braxton Berrios, Corey Davis, or Mekhi Bechton (remember him?), but the line looks far worse than Wilson did out there. He competed, he battled, and he really tried to make some plays. Check out Wilson evading multiple free-rushers on a botched screen.

Wilson showed off his special elusiveness here despite the defense getting a hold of him shortly thereafter. Now, here he is throwing a block on a similarly botched trick play.

Otherwise, Wilson made only a few actual quarterback-ing plays that are worthy of recognition. The primary being his 40-yard touchdown strike to Keelan Cole.

Phenomenal. Here’s another angle of that bullet.

There are not many players in the league who can make that throw and it is encouraging to see Wilson trust himself enough to even attempt such a throw. He ended the season on a five-game interception-free streak after throwing 11 in his first eight games.

Of course, this gunslinger attitude sometimes lets Wilson think he can make just about any play possible. That inability to either just make the simple play or safely end a play and move on to the next one has the potential to derail his future in this league. Like here where he runs around the backfield on 3rd and long only to step out of bounds for a massive loss.

This was a situation football disaster. The Jets had just gotten a gift when Matt Haack mishandled a snap and failed to get a punt off. Any points in conditions like those we saw in Buffalo are a gift and Wilson’s gaffe turned a 40-yard field goal into a 50-yard field goal. The Jets still converted the try, but Wilson cannot make mental mistakes like this if he wants to reach the next level as a quarterback.


Running Backs


Michael Carter: 9 carries, 19 yards | 3 targets

Tevin Coleman: 5 carries, 6 yards | 1 target

Ty Johnson: 1 carry, -1 yard | 1 target


Wilson was the Jets leading rusher in Buffalo, that’s how rough of an evening it was for this group. Carter represents a glimmer of hope, though. Watch him perform what is a legitimate miracle to gain zero yards here.

He is shifty, decisive, and displays fantastic vision for a rookie. He is someone to be excited about.


Wide Receivers/Tight Ends


Keelan Cole: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 54 yards, TD

Tyler Kroft: 3 targets, 1 reception, 5 yards

Jeff Smith: 3 targets, 1 reception, 2 yards

Tarik Black: 2 targets, 1 reception, 10 yards

Jamison Crowder: 1 target, 1 reception, 16 yards

Denzel Mims: 2 targets


The Jets have made a habit out of ending their seasons with what resembles a below-average collegiate receiving corps. These names almost appear fake to the naked eye, like what a Madden Franchise will autogenerate in 2034.

In an everlasting pit of despair, Mims can always manage to make things even more bleak than initially imaginable.

This was his third false start in his last two games played. He has zero catches over that same amount of time. There is no reason for him to be on this roster next season.


Buffalo Bills




Josh Allen: 24/45, 239 yards, 2 TD | 5 carries, 63 yards

Mitch Trubisky: 1/1, 15 yards | 3 carries, -3 yards


Allen is a marvel, simply put. He can do things on a football field that I truly have never seen before. Running, throwing, whatever. It is a joy to watch him go to work back there. His first touchdown on the day was shocking.

He stiff-armed a 300 lb defensive tackle to escape the pocket and it was the third most impressive thing he did on this individual play. His strength to throw a pass with precision and velocity with a defender draped on him was.


Nothing else you can do but tip your cap.

One of Allen’s most impressive traits is persistence. It is something he’s had since his ghastly rookie season and it has become a true strength as he has developed into one of the best players in the league.

His completion percentage was well under 50% until the fourth quarter and he even had a stretch where he went 2/12 against the usually porous Jets. Yet, his coaches’ faith never waivered and Allen would not stop slinging it until he broke this game open late. Ironically, it was a long 35-yard scamper that set up a Devin Singletary score that finally put this one out of reach for the Jets.


Running Backs


Devin Singletary: 19 carries, 88 yards, TD | 2 targets, 2 receptions, 24 yards, TD

Zack Moss: 5 carries, 8 yards | 2 targets, 2 receptions, 6 yards


Singletary has finally taken over this backfield after years of meandering in a timeshare. He has been running with confidence since the Bills gave him the reigns last month and he could be a vital cog in a potential playoff run.

He found paydirt twice against the Jets. Once on the ground.

And then through the air.

He is becoming a complete back before our eyes.


Wide Receivers/Tight Ends


Stefon Diggs: 14 targets, 9 receptions, 81 yards, TD

Gabriel Davis: 14 targets, 3 receptions, 39 yards

Dawson Knox: 5 targets, 3 receptions, 49 yards

Cole Beasley: 5 targets, 4 receptions, 31 yards

Jake Kumerow: 1 target, 1 reception, 15 yards

Isiah McKenzie: 1 target, 1 reception, 9 yards | 1 carry, 10 yards

Reggie Gilliam: 1 target


I showed you that phenomenal Diggs touchdown before and oh buddy was it great. Allen had eyes for Diggs early and often, targeting him 10 times in the first half alone. Coincidentally, Diggs needed 6 receptions to have a nice $658,000 incentive hit. Love that!

Davis’ targets are also of note. Allen was looking for him all day with the Jets defense eventually honing in on Diggs. It was not easy to hit a deep pass in these swirling winds though and Davis did drop a few that made it out to him. He is going to be an interesting player to track come draft time next summer.


James Schiano (@JeterHadNoRange on Twitter)

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