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Points after: Jets 48, Bills 28

By Tim Graham

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' 48-28 buzz kill to the New York Jets at the Meadowlands. The Jets set a club record for most points on opening day.

What it means: The Bills have lost six straight to the Jets and already are in a 0-1 hole in the AFC East standings. The New England Patriots and Jets are 1-0.

Star of the game: Mark Sanchez kept the Big Apple pressure at arm's length for at least another week. He riddled the Bills' defense with 19 completions on 27 throws for 266 yards and three touchdowns.

Impressive stat line of the game: Bills running back C.J. Spiller filled in admirably for the injured Fred Jackson. Spiller ran 14 times for 169 yards and a touchdown. He had a career-long 56-yard touchdown in the second quarter and added a 49-yard run in the third quarter to set up Buffalo's next TD.

Terrible stat line of the game: Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's overall numbers look better than his performance because he completed a lot of passes in garbage time. He had thrown three interceptions by the third play of the second half. Fitzpatrick's third interception was a pick-six to Antonio Cromartie that give the Jets a 34-7 lead.

Defensive woes persist: The Bills' defense didn't look overhauled. The Bills generated an insufficient pass rush. First-round draft pick Stephon Gilmore was beaten for a touchdown. The Bills recorded zero sacks.

Play of the day: Spiller charged through a small crack off guard and made some Jets defenders miss on his way to a career-long 56-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to make the score 21-7.

Preliminary injury report: Jackson left the game with a right knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. He's believed to have suffered a sprain, but his status is uncertain until he has an MRI Monday. ... Bills receiver David Nelson left the game early in the fourth quarter with a right knee injury and didn't return.

Coming up: The Bills home opener is next Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Chiefs lost to the Atlanta Falcons, 40-24, today.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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