Notable Performances, Good & Bad, As Jets Drop Season-Opener Against Buffalo Bills, 21-12

September 10, 2017

By Reid McEvoy

 

The New York Jets lost to the now AFC East-leading Bills in Buffalo 21-12 Sunday afternoon. There were some confusing calls from coach Todd Bowles, who some consider to be coaching for his job this season. Some of those odd calls consist of: passing on multiple short yardage situations, going for a two-point conversion in the third quarter and using short routes on both 2nd-and-20 and 3rd-and-20 plays, among a number of other examples.

 

It was a bad performance overall by the entire Jets team, but here are some notable performances:

 

New No. 1 wide receiver Jermaine Kearse had a decent game with seven catches for 59 yards. But he did have a dropped touchdown pass.

 

Josh McCown’s game wasn’t at all great as he went 26-of-39 for 187 yards with two costly interceptions. He did score the Jets’ first touchdown of the season on a one-yard QB-sneak on fourth down. Starting McCown may not have been worth the $125,000 he got paid, and will get paid for each start for the rest of the season.

 

Kalif Raymond fumbled twice on punt returns. Both times they were recovered by the Jets, but fumbling is not something that can happen.

 

The defense was gashed all day by the Bills offense, but only allowed 21 points. The defense had two sacks, coming from Darron Lee and a split sack between Demario Davis and Josh Martin. Davis also led the team in tackles, with 14 total. They also had an interception in the end zone from Juston Burris. He returned it for 48 yards before being tripped by a teammate.

 

Chandler Catanzaro showed he deserved to win the kicker job, as he went 2-for-2, one from 52 and the other from 48. And Lachlan Edwards had six punts for a total of 297 yards, with a long of 58, and twice pinned the Bills inside their 20. Once he had it downed by Marcus Williams on the four.

 

All-in-all, the Jets didn’t look good in the season-opening loss. There is definitely a lot of room for improvement, and now the team will travel to Oakland and face Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Khalil Mack and the rest of the Raiders next week.

 

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