Jets defense smothers Bills on way to halftime lead

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The only interception in the first half of the duel between a pair of rookie quarterbacks at the Meadowlands was thrown by Geno Smith, but he hasn’t had the worst of things thus far.

E.J. Manuel is 5-of-10 for 53 yards and has been hit hard several times by an aggressive Jets defense that has sacked him twice. They have also given C.J. Spiller nowhere to run on his nine carries for nine yards and generally blistered Buffalo on the way to a 17-6 halftime lead.

Smith’s interception set up one Buffalo field goal, but he’s balanced that out with a hand in each Jets touchdown. He ran the ball in from eight yards out to cap a game-opening 80-yard drive and then hit Stephen Hill in stride with a 51-yard touchdown strike with Kyle Williams bearing down on him. Smith is 10-of-17 for 187 yards overall and the Jets offense had its best half of the young season, which ended with a field goal after Bills safety Duke Williams handed over 15 yards by interfering with tight end Kellen Winslow.

They may have to keep it going without running back Chris Ivory, who is questionable to return with a hamstring injury. If their defense keeps things up, that shouldn’t be a problem.