Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

The Jets botched their first TD of the season by tackling themselves


The Jets do feature a strong defensive front, which will need to show up in this one. McCoy had a touchdown vultured after briefly leaving with a wrist injury in the fourth quarter, but returned the next series. "We don't have one yet", said Bowles.

Other Bills players who will likely play well include impressive rookie receiver Zay Jones, defensive tackles Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams, and linebackers Lorenzo Alexander and Preston Brown. We play to win, and whatever it takes to win the game, that's what we're going to do.

Buffalo caught a break if its actually trying to win in learning quarterback Tyrod Taylor cleared concussion protocol and will start Sunday.

Through the sweepstakes, two lucky fans - one from the Bills and one from the Jets - will win tickets to watch the Bills-Jets primetime matchup on Thursday, Nov. 2 and be among the first to visit the brand new NFL Experience in Times Square. Bowles could employ multiple players to cover McCoy out of the backfield, including rookie safeties Jamal Adams or Marcus Maye as well as linebacker Darron Lee. Not only did the Jets strip their offense of many veterans, but they traded their star player on defense, Sheldon Richardson, to the Seahawks just last week, clearly signalling that they are in full rebuilding mode. I'd expect to see Taylor on the move a fair bit - maybe not with zone-read like in year's past - but enough to get him a lot more comfortable than in the preseason. A month ago, after attending a Buffalo Bills training camp in a hot early August day in Rochester, NY, I thought I knew what I was going to write about come September. That being said, the trio of McCoy, Taylor, and Matthews could prove to be a force in the season opener. "It's about this team".

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The Jets released their active roster before Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the Buffalo Bills and Hackenberg was on it, Bryce Petty was not.

He's also searching for his first win as a starter in almost two years. Taylor went 16-for-28 for 224 yards and two touchdowns, while McCoy ran for 110 yards on 22 attempts. The Jets beat the Bills twice last season.

Which run defense steps up? 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. The moves to roll with young players - except for 38-year-old starting quarterback Josh McCown - prompted accusations the Jets were preparing to lose games to position themselves to win the No. 1 pick in the 2018 National Football League draft, when a bevy of talented quarterbacks are expected to be available.

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