New York Jets at Buffalo Bills: Initial observations and thoughts

Bills vs. Jets 3 keys for Buffalo's offense in Week 1

Bills vs. Jets 3 keys for Buffalo's offense in Week 1

The Jets got rid of almost every veteran, including wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker as well as franchise cornerstones Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and David Harris.

On that drive, wide receiver Jordan Matthews made his first catch for the Bills a big one, a 14-yarder to convert a third-and-11, and then McCoy broke a 23-yard run. Sunday afternoon, under a bright Buffalo sun and in front of a loud Buffalo crowd, the Jets offered a burst of hope, but not in the way you would normally expect.

The Bills recently added more than $2-million worth of incentives to his contract, and McCoy seemed intent on earning many of them in Week One. If the Jets are able to get into any kind of rhythm on offense, particularly with their ground game, they might be competitive enough to leave this game victorious.

Well, we also saw early signs that Bowles is going to be just as puzzling to observe this year as he was last year. The Bills were 8-17 on third down for a conversion rate of 47%.

Newly acquired WR Jermaine Kearse led the team with 7 receptions for 59 yards.

My chronic procrastination got the best of me. "We thought we had some opportunities that we didn't come away with more points in the first half when we should have". The 38-year-old quarterback opened his 15th National Football League season by extending his personal losing streak to eight games dating to October 11, 2015, when he led Cleveland to a 33-30 win over Baltimore.

The Jets had a valuable preseason experience with two wins and two losses while the Bills lost first three games but pulled off a win in the fourth. He managed only 69 yards in 20 carries during two games, both won by NY.

McCoy is the main target for the Jets defense. That leaves the Jets and Bills, who likely will finish three and four in the division again.

The reality is that the Bills probably are going nowhere this season, as new coach Sean McDermott and new general manager Brandon Beane perform an extreme makeover.

McCown, a 15-year veteran who is playing on his eighth N.F.L. team, is not the Jets' quarterback of the future. With QB Bryce Petty still nursing a knee injury, Christian Hackenberg served as the backup.

For the past 3-4 years Buffalo has seemingly been on the cusp of finally ending their playoff drought, maybe a convincing week one win will allow this team to settle in and surprise a lot of people in 2017. The Jets had to lean on McCown and that's not going to work often. The driving force was McCown's accuracy in the short game. I'm proud of them for that.

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