Orchard Park - For a few anxious moments Sunday afternoon in a ragged game that occasionally felt like an extension of the preseason, citizens of Bills Nation held their collective breath.
Josh McCown will be the 22nd different opening-day starting quarterback in Jets history.
Heading into this game, LeSean McCoy's workload became a trending topic after McDermott's comments to the media earlier in the week.
NY appears to be in the midst of a rebuild and after all of the moves Buffalo has made this offseason, for them to be as heavily favored as they are is telling of the Jets team that will step onto the field tomorrow.
At any rate, this game could easily go one of two ways. The Bills still haven't decided which player will start at the opposite cornerback position, but former Ram E.J. Gaines looks to be the front-runner. 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. "Let's keep things in perspective". "I mean, as an offense that's what you need to do".
McCoy, who was listed as suffering a wrist injury, did return to the game. Disaster averted for Buffalo.More news: Watching The Pump: Gas Prices Surge After Harvey
But McCoy also showcased his ability to catch passes out of the backfield.
Buffalo squandered two scoring opportunities in the first half.
Buffalo will face quarterbacks who are considerably better than 38-year-old Josh McCown, who after the loss Sunday fell to 2-21 over his last three-plus seasons while playing for teams desperate for any quarterback. Clay had nine targets while Buffalo's wide receivers totaled eight targets.
"I don't take a lot of real shots", McCoy said. The rookie out of LSU almost had an interception of his own in the third quarter and broke up a pass in the end zone on second and goal later in the game. New Bills kicker Steven Hauschka kicks four field goals and the defense scores a touchdown. Buffalo is also 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the AFC. I guess, in the end, the Bills will somehow (I'm looking at you, defense) find a way to squeak out what will be a rare victory this season.
The trade continued to give rise to the narrative that the Jets are purging talent this year and more interested in building through the draft next year. NY had only 38 rushing yards on 15 attempts.
Backup running back Mike Tolbert rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.