LeSean McCoy rushed for 110 yards, Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes and the Buffalo Bills outlasted the New York Jets 21-12 on opening day.

The New York Jets struggled to move the ball offensively like most people expected. The group had only 214 total yards and accumulated only 11 first downs. Josh McCown was the main culprit for the offense’s struggles, as he completed 26 of 39 passes for 187 yards and two interceptions. He did score on a quarterback sneak in the third quarter.

This was McCown’s eighth straight loss as a starting Quarterback. He is now 1-17 in his last 18 starts. After the game, Head Coach Todd Bowles shifted blame away from McCown.

“He (McCown) did ok. We got to help him out more. We didn’t run the ball consistently, and we didn’t throw the ball consistently. We had a lot of missed assignments.”

Both team’s defenses looked stellar in the first quarter as both offenses struggled to get in the end zone. The Bills were able to strike first three minutes into the second quarter when Tyrod Taylor connected with Charles Clay. The Bills never trailed in the game.

With two minutes left in the third quarter, McCown’s sneak made the score 14-12 after the Jets failed on a two-point conversion. The Bills then responded with a nine play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by Mike Tolbert’s one yard TD run.

The Bills established their will all game long. Buffalo had 190 yards rushing thanks to the three-headed monster of LeSean McCoy, Mike Tolbert and Tyrod Taylor. In comparison, the Jets duo of Matt Forte and Bilal Powell combined for only 38 yards rushing. Todd Bowles highlighted both as problems at the end of the game.

“We can’t run the ball or stop the run then we are going to have a problem.”

The victory for Buffalo was the first for their new head coach Sean McDermott. McDermott was the Carolina Panther’s defensive coordinator last season before taking the job in Buffalo.

With the loss, the Jets fall to 0-1 on the young season. They play the Oakland Raiders next week at 4:05pm.

The Bills (1-0) will travel to Carolina next week at 1:00pm.

Final Thoughts

  1. Todd Bowles had one main message to his team. “0-1 does not define us. They made the plays and we didn’t.” If the Jets have any hope to win games this season, they need to get far more production from their offensive line and running backs. Bowles attributed the struggles as “missed assignments” but if there is to be any positive side to the Jets offense then it must come from their dual threat at RB.
  2. There were many people who believed that Chandler Catanzaro did not deserve to be on the Jets 53-man roster after the preseason. Despite this, Catanzaro earned the job today, connecting on two difficult field goals from 48 yards and 52 yards respectively. He will get a lot more chances from long distance this season but it was very reassuring to see.
  3. Jermaine Kearse looked very solid at times during the game. He finished with seven catches for 59 yards. With a talent-barren receiving core, having Kearse develop into a #1 receiver without Enunwa is very important for McCown and any other QB who plays this season.