Leonard Williams
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New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams says it’s “demoralizing” to lose a game the way they did on Sunday.

This past weekend, the New York Jets were stunned during their Week 1 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. After Sam Darnold completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Le’Veon Bell, a two-point conversion thereafter extended the Jets’ lead to 16-0.

However, the Bills quickly came back.

A Stephen Hauschka 43-yard field goal cut the lead to 16-3 before the fourth quarter. Then, a three-yard touchdown run from Bills quarterback Josh Allen followed by a 38-yard touchdown pass from Allen to receiver Josh Brown gave the Bills a 17-16 lead. It was their first lead of the day and eventually the final score.

“They know they got away with one today,” Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams said after the loss, per George Willis of the New York Post, “It’s demoralizing that you can play that well and still lose a game. It was a just a bad start to the season when you have this game in the bag and it’s a division game that counts as double. We were close to closing this out and have a great start, and we let it slip through our fingers.”

All-in-all, it was a game that featured some defensive success on either side, but not much offensive production. Darnold only threw for 175 yards and one touchdown on 28-of-41 passing for the game. Bell, on the other hand, only rushed for 60 yards on 17 carries (3.5 yards-per-carry).

Allen did throw for 254 yards for Buffalo, however, threw two picks on the day as well.

Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson led the team in tackles with seven for the game, as newly-acquired linebacker C.J. Mosley had a pick-six in the first quarter.

Both the Jets defense and offense had their underwhelming moments in the loss. But ultimately, it’s the team as a whole that needs to step up during their Week 2 Monday night game against the Cleveland Browns.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.