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Second half open thread: Buffalo Bills lead New York Jets 17-13 after up-and-down first half

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Some sloppy play by the Bills has allowed the Jets to stay close

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The Buffalo Bills lead the New York Jets 17-13 after one half of football. The game so far has been a back-and-forth affair, with the Bills jumping out to a 14-3 lead only to see penalties and poor special teams play help the Jets to close the gap.

On the first drive of the game, Josh Allen was excellent. He led the Bills on an 11-play, 73-yard drive, capping it off with a 6-yard touchdown run. He ran for 48 yards on the drive, and the Bills led 7-0 after one drive.

After forcing the Jets to go three and out, the Bills handed the football back to New York in plus territory via an Allen fumble. The Jets were unable to move the sticks, as Sam Darnold missed the drive to have his injured foot re-evaluated. A Jason Myers field goal made it 7-3.

Buffalo answered right back, as Allen led a 7 play drive that covered 75 yards. This one ended with a 15 yard rushing touchdown by Isaiah McKenzie. The Jets answered back with another field goal on their next drive, and the Bills led 14-6.

After a Stephen Hauschka field goal extended the lead to 17-6, Andre Roberts made his second consecutive long kickoff return to put the Jets in prime scoring position. Trenton Cannon capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run, and the score was 17-13 Bills.

Allen threw a brutal interception in the shadow of his own goal posts while trying to do too much. Throwing the ball away would have been the play to make, but Allen tried to play hero ball. He was able to lead the team into field goal range at the end of the half, but Stephen Hauschka’s 49-yard attempt was blocked.

Allen was 9-of-18 for 95 yards, 1 interception, and 1 lost fumble He also led the team in rushing yards with 87 on 7 attempts. Chris Ivory, replacing the injured LeSean McCoy, ran 8 times for 34 yards. Robert Foster led Buffalo with 3 receptions for 47 yards.

The second half starts now, folks. Here is your open thread.