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Bills open McDermott's coaching era with 21-12 win over Jets

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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Key Players
J. McCown 15 QB
187 YDs, 0 TDs, 2 INTs
T. Taylor 5 QB
224 YDs, 2 TDs, 1 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 12:47
S.Hauschka extra point is GOOD, Center-R.Ferguson, Holder-C.Schmidt.
plays
yds
pos
12
21
Touchdown 12:47
M.Tolbert up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
80
yds
4:13
pos
12
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 0:36
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. J.McCown pass to R.Anderson is incomplete. ATTEMPT FAILS. DEFENSIVE TWO-POINT ATTEMPT. R.Humber intercepted the try attempt. ATTEMPT FAILS. Intercepted 2 yds. into end zone, down at goal line. Tipped by M.Hyde before INT. Penalty on NYJ-A.Stewart, Offensive Pass Interference, declined.
plays
yds
pos
12
14
Touchdown 2:00
J.McCown up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
75
yds
4:52
pos
12
14
Point After TD 6:52
S.Hauschka extra point is GOOD, Center-R.Ferguson, Holder-C.Schmidt.
plays
yds
pos
6
14
Touchdown 6:52
T.Taylor pass short left to A.Holmes for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. Caught in flat at NYJ 1.
6
plays
64
yds
2:13
pos
6
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:44
C.Catanzaro 52 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-T.Hennessy, Holder-L.Edwards.
8
plays
30
yds
2:15
pos
6
7
Field Goal 6:34
C.Catanzaro 48 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-T.Hennessy, Holder-L.Edwards.
9
plays
45
yds
4:52
pos
3
7
Point After TD 11:26
S.Hauschka extra point is GOOD, Center-R.Ferguson, Holder-C.Schmidt.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 11:26
T.Taylor pass short left to C.Clay for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. Caught 2 yds. into end zone.
12
plays
77
yds
5:31
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 26:56 33:04
1st Downs 11 23
Rushing 2 10
Passing 8 11
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 4-14 8-17
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 214 408
Total Plays 55 72
Avg Gain 3.9 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 38 190
Rush Attempts 15 42
Avg Rush Yards 2.5 4.5
Net Yards Passing 176 218
Comp. - Att. 26-39 16-28
Yards Per Pass 4.5 7.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-11 2-6
Penalties - Yards 5-62 6-50
Touchdowns 1 3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 2-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 1
Punts - Avg 6-49.5 6-42.8
Return Yards 120 70
Punts - Returns 3-27 4-35
Kickoffs - Returns 2-45 1-23
Int. - Returns 1-48 2-12
Kicking 2/2 3/4
Extra Points 0/0 3/3
Field Goals 2/2 0/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-1 -100% 3-4 -75%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 3-4 -75%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Jets 0-1 066012
Bills 1-0 077721
176 PASS YDS 218
38 RUSH YDS 190
214 TOTAL YDS 408
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. McCown 15 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 187 0 2 56.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 187 0 2 56.3
J. McCown 26/39 187 0 2 9
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
B. Powell 29 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 22 0
B. Powell 7 22 0 11 3
M. Forte 22 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 16 0
M. Forte 6 16 0 8 3
J. McCown 15 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 0 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 0 1
J. McCown 2 0 1 1 9
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Kearse 10 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 59 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 59 0
J. Kearse 9 7 59 0 18 5
W. Tye 82 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 34 0
W. Tye 3 3 34 0 21 3
E. Tomlinson 83 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 25 0
E. Tomlinson 2 2 25 0 25 2
R. Anderson 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 4 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 22 0
R. Anderson 8 4 22 0 11 2
M. Forte 22 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 20 0
M. Forte 5 3 20 0 12 3
B. Powell 29 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 17 0
B. Powell 6 5 17 0 8 3
A. Stewart 18 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 10 0
A. Stewart 5 2 10 0 8 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Davis 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-6 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-6 0 0.5
D. Davis 8-6 0.5 0 0
D. Lee 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 1.0
D. Lee 7-3 1.0 0 0
J. Adams 33 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. Adams 4-1 0.0 0 0
J. Jenkins 48 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Jenkins 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Maye 26 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
M. Maye 4-3 0.0 0 0
J. Martin 95 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.5
J. Martin 4-1 0.5 0 0
B. Skrine 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Skrine 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Stanford 51 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Stanford 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Pennel 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
M. Pennel 3-2 0.0 0 0
M. Claiborne 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Claiborne 2-1 0.0 0 0
K. Ealy 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
K. Ealy 2-2 0.0 0 0
M. Wilkerson 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Wilkerson 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Brooks 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Brooks 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. McLendon 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
S. McLendon 1-3 0.0 0 0
R. Anderson 11 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Anderson 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Williams 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Williams 92 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
L. Williams 1-3 0.0 0 0
C. Hansen 16 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Hansen 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Pelon 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Pelon 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Robinson 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Robinson 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Donahue 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Donahue 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Burris 32 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Burris 0-0 0.0 1 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Catanzaro 7 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 0/0
SEASON FG XP
2/2 0/0
C. Catanzaro 2/2 52 0/0 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Edwards 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 49.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 49.5 2
L. Edwards 6 49.5 2 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Raymond 84 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.5 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 22.5 25 0
K. Raymond 2 22.5 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Raymond 84 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 9.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 9.0 25 0
K. Raymond 3 9.0 25 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Taylor 5 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 224 2 1 92.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 224 2 1 92.0
T. Taylor 16/28 224 2 1 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. McCoy 25 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 110 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 110 0
L. McCoy 22 110 0 27 15
M. Tolbert 35 FB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 42 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 42 1
M. Tolbert 12 42 1 16 11
T. Taylor 5 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 38 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 38 0
T. Taylor 8 38 0 14 21
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Matthews 87 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 61 0
J. Matthews 3 2 61 0 47 6
C. Clay 85 TE
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 4 53 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 53 1
C. Clay 9 4 53 1 35 11
L. McCoy 25 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 49 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 49 0
L. McCoy 6 5 49 0 21 15
N. O'Leary 84 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 22 0
N. O'Leary 2 1 22 0 22 2
Z. Jones 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 21 0
Z. Jones 4 1 21 0 21 2
M. Tolbert 35 FB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 12 0
M. Tolbert 1 1 12 0 12 11
P. DiMarco 42 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 5 0
P. DiMarco 1 1 5 0 5 0
A. Holmes 18 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 1 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 1 1
A. Holmes 1 1 1 1 1 6
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
R. Humber 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-1 0 0.0
R. Humber 12-1 0.0 0 0
T. White 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
T. White 4-0 0.0 0 0
J. Poyer 21 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 1.0
J. Poyer 3-0 1.0 1 0
L. Alexander 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
L. Alexander 3-2 0.0 0 0
L. Johnson 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
L. Johnson 3-3 0.0 0 0
E. Gaines 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
E. Gaines 3-2 0.0 0 0
M. Hyde 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
M. Hyde 3-0 0.0 1 0
S. Lawson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. Lawson 2-1 0.0 0 0
K. Williams 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Williams 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hughes 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
J. Hughes 1-2 0.0 0 0
E. Wood 70 C
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Wood 1-0 0.0 0 0
P. Brown 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
P. Brown 1-2 0.0 0 0
A. Washington 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Washington 1-1 0.0 0 0
C. Anderson 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Anderson 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Jones 7 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Milano 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Milano 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Lacey 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Lacey 0-1 0.0 0 0
E. Yarbrough 75 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
E. Yarbrough 0-3 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Hauschka 4 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
0/1 3/3
S. Hauschka 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Schmidt 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 42.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 42.8 1
C. Schmidt 6 42.8 1 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Tate 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
B. Tate 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Tate 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 8.8 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 8.8 19 0
B. Tate 4 8.8 19 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:48 NYJ 27 1:51 3 6 Punt
4:21 NYJ 16 2:24 3 0 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:26 NYJ 25 4:52 9 45 FG
3:59 NYJ 36 2:15 8 30 FG
0:30 NYJ 20 0:30 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NYJ 25 3:00 6 14 Punt
10:41 NYJ 21 1:36 3 4 Punt
6:52 NYJ 25 4:52 11 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:47 NYJ 17 3:22 6 22 Punt
7:31 BUF 39 0:58 3 2 INT
4:58 NYJ 42 1:07 3 2 Punt
1:44 NYJ 41 0:09 1 0 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BUF 25 6:12 13 67 INT
6:57 BUF 20 2:36 4 24 Punt
1:57 BUF 23 5:31 12 77 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:34 BUF 25 2:35 6 47 FG Miss
1:44 BUF 25 1:14 5 23 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:00 BUF 32 1:19 3 4 Punt
9:05 BUF 36 2:13 6 64 TD
2:00 BUF 20 4:13 9 80 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:25 BUF 4 1:54 3 5 Punt
6:33 BUF 23 1:35 3 2 Punt
3:51 BUF 17 2:07 6 10 Punt
1:35 NYJ 47 1:35 3 -3 Game