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With Sheldon Richardson back, some were hoping that the team could surpass last week's sack total. However, the Jets got to Tyrod Taylor just twice and both were chalked off due to penalties, as the Jets were officially credited with no sacks and just one quarterback hit. Taylor had plenty of time to throw on occasion, although this was to some extent affected by the Bills leaving extra blockers in. On the whole though, the Jets actually left blockers in more often than the Bills did, which was perhaps understandable as they had two back-ups in.
Despite this, each of the Jets main linemen had success in terms of putting Taylor under pressure and they all performed well in the running game.
Muhammad Wilkerson had a handful of pressures including two half-sacks that didn't count - one due to a penalty against the Jets and the other because Todd Bowles accepted a penalty to move the Bills back, which was a debateable decision on his part. Wilkerson also had two tackles for loss.
Richardson was perhaps even more disruptive in the running game and he also had some good pressures, including one that led to an interception. He also made a crucial fourth-down stop in the fourth quarter.
After being the standout last week, Leonard Williams was much quieter this week, but still had a few pressures and held up well against the run. Perhaps his reduction in production was a sign that Rex Ryan gave more attention to the player he earlier this week referred to as "Big Monster". Williams had one of the biggest plays of the game though when he knocked the ball loose from EJ Manuel, just as he was about to stretch for the marker on third and short.
Steve McLendon didn't have the same impact as last week, but still held up quite well and was disruptive at times with penetration. One thing he does well, maybe even better than Damon Harrison, is to shove his man back with an explosive initial get-off. However, when doing so, he's perhaps not as effective at reading the play or disengaging effectively from his blocker. I'll be interested to see if this trend continues.
Lawrence Thomas and Jarvis Jenkins were used sparingly off the bench. Jenkins helped bottle up one run. Deon Simon didn't see any action this time.
So the Jets' defensive line didn't put up the same gaudy numbers as last week. Credit the Bills offense with making that happen, but I'm sure Bowles will take no sacks and a win over seven sacks and a loss every day of the week.