Through two quarters at The Meadowlands, the Buffalo Bills are trailing the New York Jets, 7-10. The Bills offensive line has struggled to effectively block, and that’s kept them from establishing long scoring drives through much of the first half.
The Jets scored a touchdown on their second drive of the game, the beneficiaries of Josh McCown’s mobility. McCown scrambled to convert a third down, then caught the defense in man coverage to run in a touchdown. Buffalo responded a few drives later with Taylor finding rookie receiver Zay Jones for the rookie’s first touchdown of the season.
Jones was one of the early bright spots in this game. Through the second quarter, he had caught four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Then he tripped over veteran defender Buster Skrine and ended up writhing in pain on the ground. He looked to have hyperextended his leg, but he may be able to return in the second half.
The Bills have already dealt with five sacks through the first half, with the blockers struggling to deal with Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams, and company.
The Bills had a chance to tie the score (or better) near the end of the first half, but receiver Jordan Matthews fumbled a catch at the 30 yard line that was recovered by the Jets. Defensive tackle Cedric Thornton sacked McCown to eliminate the chance for a Jets score at the end of the half.
The Bills will start the second half with the ball. They need to play better if they want to lock up a win and get that much closer to a playoff berth. We’re watching the game here. Go Bills!