Thanksgiving started a little more than a week early for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in the Meadowlands.
New York Jets quarterback Mike White threw four interceptions, as part of five total turnovers on the day, as the Bills earned a blowout win, 45-17 at MetLife Stadium. The win gives the Bills a much-needed victory following last week’s debacle in Jacksonville against the Jaguars.
Jordan Poyer was certainly appreciative following the win.
Every Buffalo defensive back — Micah Hyde, Levi Wallace, Jordan Poyer, Tre’Davious White and Taron Johnson — ended up with takeaways on the afternoon, but Poyer was the last member of the secondary to get on the board. That changed with he picked off White late in the third quarter on a deep pass down the left side of the field.
The veteran safety was pleased to join the takeaway party after the win.
“I knew I was the only one that didn’t have one yet, so I had to figure out a way to go get one,” he told reporters after the game. “Thank you, Mike White, for giving us five.”
White was riding high coming into Sunday’s matchup — at least as far as Jets quarterbacks are concerned. The undrafted passer threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns in his first start against the Cincinnati Bengals, but then suffered an injury last week early in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
The Bills’ top-ranked defense in the NFL made sure to send White crashing back down to reality. The 26-year-old performed like a backup quarterback on Sunday, rather than somebody who should’ve been the No. 1 overall pick, as he declared last week.
With the win, the Bills remain a half-game ahead of the New England Patriots in the AFC East, and have two winnable contests coming up against the Colts and New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving night.
Josh Allen got back on track this Sunday as well, throwing for two touchdowns and connecting with Stefon Diggs eight times for 162 yards and a score.
Allen-to-Diggs and a dominant defense. The Bills seem to have their winning formula back.