However, we can all agree that the Bills have a lot of work to do if they hope to beat just about everyone else (except the Jets later) on their schedule because in many ways, they were fortunate it was the Jets on the other sideline Sunday. They put pressure on Josh McCown and their running backs and made sure that the Jets were one dimensional. The only thing that saved a defense from the F is Juston Burris' interception (points off for the fact that he was tripped by two of his own players while trying to run it back) and a solid day from Kony Ealy, who joined the team two weeks ago and learned in a hurry.
The main challenge for the Jets' offense will be setting the tempo on the ground. His lone interception would have been a touchdown, had tight end Charles Clay been able to hold onto the ball in the end zone.
But Buffalo's third drive was even longer - 12 plays, 77 yards - and this one produced the game's first points, on Taylor's slingshot to Clay with Marcus Maye trailing in coverage.
That was definitely a switch from last season, when the Jets allowed a combined 154 yards rushing in two wins over the Bills. When Head Coach Todd Bowles announced McCown was the starting quarterback, mostly everyone's expectations were met. Then on its next two series, the O did better, with both ending in long Chandler Catanzaro field goals.
McCown went 26 of 39 for 187 yards.
BILLS QB WATCH: Starter Tyrod Taylor is cleared for action after recovering from a concussion he sustained in a 13-9 preseason loss at Baltimore on August 26.
The running back tandem of Bilal Powell and Matt Forte's sputters aside, the Jets surrendered 190 yards rushing to the LeSean McCoy-led Bills.
McCoy was used early and often by Buffalo. In the third quarter they managed 12 yards on nine carries before finishing with 38 yards on 15 carries.
Strong defensive start: The Bills defense has been viewed as the stronger side of the ball for quite some time, which is the opposite of the past two seasons.
Tyrod handles things well: It wasn't a ideal day as the Bills quarterback went 16-for-28 on the day passing, but Taylor looked more than ready to take the field. Matthews got injured in his first practice with the Bills, but looks ready to play in Week 1. After McCoy hurt his wrist, Tolbert entered the game and scored a 1-yard touchdown. If it means he's got to play every snap, that's what we'll do if he's feeling good, like it is for every player.