Bills vs. Jets, NFL Week 3: second half open thread

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The Bills looked like a young, inexperienced team in all the wrong places in falling behind 17-6 in the first half against the Jets. Still, the deficit could be much worse.

It's halftime in New Jersey, and the Buffalo Bills trail the New York Jets by a score of 17-6. They're lucky it's as close as it is.

Fred Jackson escaped a tackler in the backfield and raced 59 yards to set up a field goal. Jim Leonhard intercepted a Geno Smith pass to set up another Dan Carpenter score. Aside from those two plays, it's been all New York.

Smith has looked quite good, completing 10-of-17 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown against an already-depleted Bills secondary that has since lost Leodis McKelvin to a hamstring injury. Smith opened the game with a seven-yard touchdown rush for good measure.

On the offensive side of the ball, Rex Ryan has worked his magic against awful, predictable play-calling from Nate Hackett and Buffalo's wide-eyed rookie quarterback, EJ Manuel. Manuel has been sacked twice - he'd been brought down once in his first two pro games - and looked incredibly skittish in completing 5-of-10 passes for 53 yards. Perhaps more importantly, the Jets have completely eliminated C.J. Spiller to this point, who has 10 total yards on 10 touches.

Still, it's somehow only an 11-point deficit, and the Bills open the second half with the football. Can they come back from a halftime deficit two weeks in a row? They'll need to play significantly better than they did in the first 30 minutes to have a chance.

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