New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills

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Game Information
Location: New Era Field Orchard Park, New York
Attendance: 68,751

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The new-look Buffalo Bills might be better than advertised under rookie head coach Sean McDermott.

The Jets, however, opened the season playing well below even their meager expectations.

Tyrod Taylor showed no lingering signs of a concussion that sidelined him for two weeks by throwing two touchdowns in a 21-12 win on Sunday. The Bills never trailed after opening the scoring on Taylor's 1-yard touchdown pass to Charles Clay 3 1/2 minutes into the second quarter.

Andre Holmes also scored on a 1-yard catch and Mike Tolbert scored on a 1-yard run.

Buffalo's defense had three interceptions, including linebacker Ramon Humber picking off Josh McCown's pass to thwart a 2-point conversion in the third quarter. Safety Micah Hyde sealed the victory by intercepting McCown at Buffalo's 41 to end the Jets' final series.

"It was big for coach McDermott and big for us as a team," Taylor said, who completed 16 of 28 for 224 yards and an interception.

McDermott was pleased with the performance from a team that featured just 26 players who had been on the roster a year ago. And yet the former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator was also quick to temper his emotions.

"This is one win, let's keep things in perspective," said McDermott, who was hired in January after Rex Ryan was fired in the final week of last season. "I'm extremely proud of it. That said, we've got a lot of work to do."

For one week at least, the Bills can lay claim to leading the AFC East after the Patriots lost to Kansas City on Thursday and the Miami Dolphins' opener was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

The Jets face an uphill climb to be respectable.

New York couldn't run and couldn't stop the run, which were supposed to be two of the team's strengths.

The running back tandem of Bilal Powell and Matt Forte combined for 38 yards rushing. The defense gave up 190 yards rushing, including 110 to LeSean McCoy, who consistently beat New York's defenders around the edge.

"Missed assignments. Missed assignments," coach Todd Bowles said, repeating the phrase on several occasions. "We're not going to hang our heads. We're going to get ready and not make the same mistakes next week."

The lack of a ground game placed far too much emphasis on the 38-year-old McCown to produce with a patchwork group of receivers that included Jermaine Kearse and tight end Will Tye, neither of whom was on the team 10 days ago.

McCown refused to provide any excuses or buy into the offseason narrative pegging the Jets for pulling the plug on this season in order to build through next year's draft.

"That's not how we approach it," McCown said. "We're disappointed absolutely, but we plan on responding."

McCown went 26 of 39 for 187 yards in opening his 15th NFL season by extending his personal losing streak to eight games. The skid dates to Oct. 11, 2015, when he led Cleveland to a 33-30 win over Baltimore. McCown is 1-17 in his last 18 starts.

McCown scored New York's lone touchdown on a 1-yard run to briefly cut Buffalo's lead to 14-12 with two minutes left in the third quarter.

NO FINISH

Buffalo squandered two scoring opportunities in the first half. Taylor's pass to Clay in the end zone glanced off the tight end's hands and was intercepted by Juston Burris. The cornerback returned it 48 yards, and went down when he bumped into his teammate. Burris then fumbled, but was ruled down by contact, as he had a knee down when hit from behind by Bills center Eric Wood.

Newly acquired kicker Stephen Hauschka also missed a 46-yard attempt wide left.

The Jets converted 4 of 14 third-down chances and managed 11 first downs - and just four in the first half.

INACTIVES

Jets: WR Jeremy Kerley will have to wait to mark his return with New York. Kerley re-signed with the Jets on Tuesday after being cut by the San Francisco 49ers. With QB Bryce Petty still nursing a knee injury, Christian Hackenberg served as the backup.

Bowles said Petty's knee injury had nothing to do with the depth chart, noting the quarterback practiced all week. "That's a coaching decision," Bowles said.

Bills: Backup DE Jerel Worthy did not play as he is still recovering from a concussion sustained in Buffalo's preseason finale.

INJURIES

Jets: TE Eric Tomlinson did not return after hurting an elbow in the second quarter.

Bills: CB E.J. Gaines did not return after hurting his left shoulder while assisting Lorenzo White in tackling Powell on an 11-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Jets: At Oakland on Sept. 17.

Bills: At Carolina on Sept. 17.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Bills
No scoring this quarter.

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Bills
11:26 Charles Clay 1 yd pass from Tyrod Taylor (Stephen Hauschka kick) 0 7
06:34 Chandler Catanzaro 48 yd FG 3 7
01:44 Chandler Catanzaro 52 yd FG 6 7

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Bills
06:52 Andre Holmes 1 yd pass from Tyrod Taylor (Stephen Hauschka kick) 6 14
02:00 Josh McCown 1 yd run (failed 2pt Pass from Josh McCown) 12 14

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Bills
12:47 Mike Tolbert 1 yd run (Stephen Hauschka kick) 12 21

Team Stats
  New York Buffalo
1st Downs 11 23
Total Yards 214 408
Passing 176 218
Passing Completions/Attempts 26-39 16-28
Yards/Pass 4.4 7.3
Rushing 38 190
Rushing Attempts 15 42
Yards/Rush 2.5 4.5
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Possession 26:56 33:04

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Josh McCown 26 39 187 4.8 0 2

Buffalo Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Tyrod Taylor 16 28 224 8.0 2 1

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Bilal Powell 7 22 3.1 0 11
Matt Forte 6 16 2.7 0 8
Josh McCown 2 0 0.0 1 1

Buffalo Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
LeSean McCoy 22 110 5.0 0 27
Mike Tolbert 12 42 3.5 1 16
Tyrod Taylor 8 38 4.8 0 14

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Jermaine Kearse 7 59 8.4 0 18
Will Tye 3 34 11.3 0 21
Eric Tomlinson 2 25 12.5 0 25
Robby Anderson 4 22 5.5 0 11
Matt Forte 3 20 6.7 0 12
Bilal Powell 5 17 3.4 0 8
ArDarius Stewart 2 10 5.0 0 8

Buffalo Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Jordan Matthews 2 61 30.5 0 47
Charles Clay 4 53 13.2 1 35
LeSean McCoy 5 49 9.8 0 21
Nick O'Leary 1 22 22.0 0 22
Zay Jones 1 21 21.0 0 21
Mike Tolbert 1 12 12.0 0 12
Patrick DiMarco 1 5 5.0 0 5
Andre Holmes 1 1 1.0 1 1

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Demario Davis 8 6 0.5 3
Darron Lee 7 3 1 0
Jamal Adams 4 1 0 0
Marcus Maye 4 3 0 0
Josh Martin 3 1 0.5 3
Jordan Jenkins 3 0 0 0
Mike Pennel 3 2 0 0
Buster Skrine 3 0 0 0
Terrence Brooks 2 0 0 0
Morris Claiborne 2 1 0 0
Kony Ealy 2 2 0 0
Julian Stanford 2 0 0 0
Muhammad Wilkerson 2 0 0 0
Dylan Donahue 1 0 0 0
Steve McLendon 1 3 0 0
Claude Pelon 1 1 0 0
Leonard Williams 1 3 0 0
Robby Anderson 0 0 0 0
Juston Burris 0 0 0 0
Chad Hansen 0 0 0 0
Edmond Robinson 0 0 0 0
Marcus Williams 0 0 0 0

Buffalo Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Ramon Humber 12 0 0 0
Tre'Davious White 4 0 0 0
Jordan Poyer 3 0 1 11
E.J. Gaines 3 2 0 0
Micah Hyde 3 0 0 0
Leonard Johnson 3 2 0 0
Lorenzo Alexander 2 1 0 0
Shaq Lawson 2 1 0 0
Kyle Williams 2 0 0 0
Preston Brown 1 2 0 0
Jerry Hughes 1 2 0 0
Adolphus Washington 1 1 0 0
Colt Anderson 0 0 0 0
Taiwan Jones 0 0 0 0
Deon Lacey 0 0 0 0
Matt Milano 0 0 0 0
Eric Wood 0 0 0 0
Eddie Yarbrough 0 3 0 0

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Juston Burris 1 48 0

Buffalo Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Micah Hyde 1 12 0
Jordan Poyer 1 0 0

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kalif Raymond 2 45 22.5 0 25

Buffalo Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Brandon Tate 1 23 23.0 0 23

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kalif Raymond 3 27 9.0 0 25

Buffalo Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Brandon Tate 4 35 8.8 0 19

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Chandler Catanzaro 2 2 100.0 52

Buffalo Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Hauschka 0 1 0.0

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Lachlan Edwards 6 297 58

Buffalo Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Colton Schmidt 6 257 55