Jets offense pathetic, defense slow in Week 1 loss to Buffalo

Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball in front of New York Jets inside linebacker Darron Lee (58) during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets fell 21-12 to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in what was a battle between the rebuilding franchises.

The Jets looked unprepared as they came out of the locker room, allowing Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy to charge all the way down the field on the opening drive.

A lucky Jets’ interception by Juston Burris saved them from falling into a hole early, but didn’t give much of a spark to the offense, as they suffered a three-and-out on their opening drive.

McCoy and Taylor dominated the slow Jets D all game by using their feet. Neither could be stopped, making it look like the Jets defense was playing at 50%. Muhammad Wilkerson was especially slow, finding himself out of position on multiple big Buffalo plays.

Rookie Jamal Adams made quite a few big plays in his debut, including two back-to-back stops late in the game.

Marcus Maye however, found his inexperience to be hurtful as he continued to get burned in coverage. He slipped up against Buffalo TE Charles Clay and allowed for an easy touchdown in the first half.

On a more positive note, the newest Jets Kony Ealy and Jermaine Kearse proved their worth. Ealy was likely the best moving part of the Jets D as he was all over the field and putting the most pressure on Taylor.

Kearse showed some impressive flashes, and made way to become Josh McCown’s favorite receiver. He led the Jets with 59 yards on 7 receptions.

That may have been the only bright spot in the Jets offense all day.

Gang Green’s leading rusher was Bilal Powell…with 22 yards. The Jets spent most the game trying to get Forte going, but ultimately failed to do so. Powell didn’t see his first touch until late in the first half.

McCown looked solid to start, completing the majority of his passes in the first half before he cooled off in the second. He was also the Jets’ only touchdown source, as he ran it in on 4th and 1 in the 3rd quarter.

The two interceptions on his stat sheet don’t look too pretty either. His first was a controversial call in which Robby Anderson and Jordan Poyer seemed to have mutual possession of the ball in the air. The other came when the game was nearly over in the 4th, and McCown rushed a big play down the field resulting in the easy pick.

The worst of the day had to be Bowles’ decision to punt the ball on 4th and 8 late in the game. The Jets were down 21-12 with four minutes to go, punting the ball basically took any chance the Jets had at winning and threw it right out the window.


– Kyle Hirshkind is the Managing Editor for cover32/Jets and covers the New York Jets. Like and follow on

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