Bills open the season with 21-12 win

AP

The Bills will end the first week of the regular season in sole possession of first place.

They got there with the help of Mother Nature, the Chiefs and a pair of second half touchdowns that allowed them to pull away from the Jets for a 21-12 victory. The Bills were up just one point at halftime despite a big edge in yardage, but they were able to put together a pair of scoring drives and forced a pair of turnovers that dashed any hopes of a win for the visiting team.

Tyrod Taylor threw a one-yard touchdown to Andre Holmes for the first of those scores and Mike Tolbert ran for the second against a Jets defense that had some good moments while getting little help from the offense. The Jets ran for just 38 yards, forcing Josh McCown to put the ball up 39 times. He completed 26 of them, but they were mostly modest gains and McCown was intercepted twice in the fourth quarter while trying to engineer a comeback.

That’s pretty much what was expected of the Jets offense coming into the season and the struggle looks like it will be quite real for a team short on talent across the offense.

The Bills offense has its own detractors, but they managed to find good balance on Sunday. Taylor threw for 224 yards and connected with newcomer Jordan Matthews for one big play to set up a score. LeSean McCoy ran 22 times for 110 yards and caught five passes for 49 while Tolbert also played a prominent role with 13 touches over the course of the afternoon. They’ll try to keep that rolling against Sean McDermott’s former defensive charges in Carolina next weekend.

13 responses to “Bills open the season with 21-12 win

  1. Oh look, joetoronto’s prediction of the Bills having a winless season is wrong… again.

    I know it’s not going to last long, but the Bills are on top of the AFC East!
    Huzzah!

  2. Bills were dominant when you look at the stat line. 400+ total offensive yards vs 200. 190 rushing yards vs 40.

    They just made mistakes and left points on the field. Got a lot of stuff to clean up if they want to have any chance of beating better teams, but not a bad game for their first in a brand new system on both sides of the ball, especially considering the starting offense didn’t really get to play together during preseason, and there were so many starting positions left unsettled all the way through preseason.

  3. The Bills are going to live and die by the big play, on both sides of the Ball. The defense was solid, but I was disappointed with the lack of pressure on Mcown. They are playing bend but don’t break defense, bit let’s see how well that holds up. The offense is the same way, except they need a few big plays a game to stay in it. I’m not worried about the recover group, I’m more concerned with whose throwing them the ball, lots of plays left on the field by Tyrod today. But he played solid if unspectacular

  4. Mcown. They are playing bend but don’t break defense, bit let’s see how well that holds up. The offense is the same way, except they need a few big plays a game to stay in it. I’m not worried about the recover group, I’m more concerned with whose throwing them the ball, lots of plays left on the field by Tyrod today. But he played solid if unspectacu

    Agree 100%. Problem is that kind of play will net 6 wins and draft 9.

  5. Strange, onebuffalo, I could have sworn the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a Super Bowl playing the exact same defense? And you know what? I’m pretty sure those 15-1 Carolina Panthers did the same thing, sans victory. Its a defense that challenges your depth, but it is a very sound defense. If you can stay with the underneath stuff, nothing is going behind you, and the pressure starts to get there. This defense can carry this team to a playoff berth if they play as well as they did yesterday. Keep them fresh with the run-game, and anything is possible.

  6. “This defense can carry this team to a playoff berth if they play as well as they did yesterday.”

    And play the Jets about 6 times instead of only 2. They’re still a 6 win team or so…

  7. Well look on the bright side, Bills ownership was correct as since the firing of Rex and Rob Ryan, The Bills sit on top of the AFC East. You can at least enjoy that for a week or two.

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