Jets takeaways from 45-17 loss to Bills, including defense allowing another 40-point game

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Well, it was fun while it lasted.

The clock struck midnight on the Mike White Era on Sunday as his bandwagon crashed into the NFL’s No. 1 defense with a thud.

White threw four interceptions in a terrible, 45-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills, and he couldn’t generate any offense despite completing 24 of 44 passes for 251 yards. He even left the game with an injury with about five minutes left in the game after Bills defensive end Efe Obada slammed him hard to the turf.

It’s a good bet this performance will be all the excuse the Jets need to go back to rookie quarterback Zach Wilson against the Miami Dolphins next week.

This wasn’t all White’s fault, of course. There was plenty of sloppy play around him and the Jets’ defense has just turned into an absolute disaster. But the wild ride of Magic Mike had been gripping the New York headlines for weeks as the world thought a quarterback controversy was coming.

It was clear pretty early in this game, though, that there would be no controversy at all. White struggled from the start, when he was very nearly picked off on his second pass of the game – a dangerous throw over the middle that went off the hands of linebacker A.J. Klein. He actually was picked off on the second drive and nearly picked off on the third.

The killer, which surely had many fans cancelling their Christmas orders for Mike White jerseys, came on the first Jets offensive play of the second half.

Trailing 24-3, White unloaded a bomb over the middle, deep towards rookie receiver Elijah Moore. But Moore was double-covered and White overthrew him, resulting in an easy interception for Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White.

Nov 14, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mike White (5) throws a pass against Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.

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