Fourth-quarter analysis: Bills fail on the big stage, but still in a good spot at 5-3 - The Buffalo News

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Fourth-quarter analysis: Bills fail on the big stage, but still in a good spot at 5-3

The Bills had a chance to show America that their shiny, 5-2 record was for real in Thursday night's nationally televised game.

They had a chance to show their fans that they were different from previous collections of Bills, with an opportunity win six of their first eight games for the first time since 1993.

Instead, the Bills flopped in the Billsiest of ways, committing season-highs in turnovers and penalties while allowing season-highs in points, rushing yards and sacks.

The fourth quarter was mostly a formality after Tyrod Taylor got crushed and fumbled deep in Bills territory with 11:36 remaining. Matt Forte scored on the Jets' first play to make it 31-7. The Bills scored two garbage-time touchdowns to close the gap and recovered their first onside kick since 2011, but the outcome was never in doubt.

Upshot: Despite this pitiful performance, the Bills are still 5-3 and in the thick of playoff contention. Two meetings with the Patriots await in December, but remaining games against the Dolphins (x2), Colts and Chargers appear very winnable. Plus, Kelvin Benjamin provides hope for the offense.

Racking up fantasy points: Your fantasy team doesn't care about the final score. Taylor helped you in garbage time, throwing a touchdown to Deonte Thompson and running for a score. He finished with 285 passing yards, a season high.

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