The Jets halted their three-game slide Thursday behind a defense that racked seven sacks and held RB LeSean McCoy to 25 yards on the ground in the team's 34-21 win over the Bills.
"That was the whole game plan," head coach Todd Bowles said in his postgame press conference. "Control 25 (McCoy) and make sure 5 (Tyrod Taylor) doesn't beat us with his legs. Try to beat us from the pocket. For the most part, we did a good job."
While Taylor threw for 285 yards, he tallied 106 on the Bills' final two drives down 34-7. Jets second-year outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins set the tone early with a sack of Taylor for a 12-yard loss on the defense's first play.
"It told everyone we were coming," Jenkins said, who also recorded a strip sack that led to a Matt Forte touchdown that increased the Jets' lead to 31-7. "We're not going to fall for any of the trick plays. We're here and we're going to keep attacking play after play."
The defensive line accounted for three of Thursday's seven-sack effort as Muhammad Wilkerson recorded his second of 2017 while Kony Ealy got his first and Leonard Williams and Steve McLendon shared a QB takedown. However, the D-line's main initiative was to stop McCoy, who averaged 2.1 yards per carry and only saw five touches in the second half.
"As a defense, we challenged ourselves to not give up over 70 rushing yards and we accomplished that," Williams said. "Mo actually brought that up to the defense last night in the defensive meeting. Guys brought on the challenge."
Wilkerson wanted the rushing total to be 60 yards, but DL Mike Pennel said 80, so they met in the middle.
"We know what type of defense we can be," Wilkerson said. "It was a good game that we played tonight. We have to build on that moving forward."
When these teams met in Week 1, McCoy ran for 110 yards, but Thursday night was a much different story. Inside linebackers Demario Davis and Darron Lee led the Jets with eight tackles each, followed by cornerbacks Buster Skrine and Darryl Roberts, who both had six.
"Gap responsibility," Bowles said of the biggest difference between the meetings. "We knew it was going to be a physical ballgame. After Week 1, we watched the tape and it was awful from our gap responsibility and understanding what they were trying to do. This week I think we were honed in a little more."
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