By Jay Skurski
The Buffalo Bills’ defense couldn’t get off the field to start today’s game against the New York Jets.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith led the Jets’ offense on an 80-yard touchdown drive on the first possession of the game, converting third downs of 7, 17 and 3 yards along the way. Smith finished the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper up the middle. He got a boost over the goal line by Bills middle linebacker Kiko Alonso, who made a poor play by pushing the Jets’ quarterback into the end zone.
Later in the quarter, the Jets converted a third-and-13 situation.
Injury concern I: Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin suffered a hamstring injury on the Jets’ first possession and is out for the game. In his place, the Bills used Nickell Robey on the outside during New York’s first possession, then moved safety Aaron Williams to cornerback on the Jets’ second drive. Williams, of course, moved to safety from cornerback during the offseason.
Injury concern II: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson appeared to land awkwardly on his right hand or wrist on a second-down play on Buffalo’s first drive. Johnson stayed in the game, and was the target of an EJ Manuel throw on third down that fell incomplete. Johnson was back on the field for the Bills’ next possession, but was not targeted and the Bills went three and out.
Action Jackson: Fred Jackson gave the Buffalo a badly needed spark on the final play of the first quarter. Jackson looked like he was going to be stopped for a loss on third and 1, but then bounced his run to the right side and found a hole, going 59 yards to the New York 21-yard line.
taggedAaron Williams | Fred Jackson | Kiko Alonso | Leodis McKelvin | Nickell Robey | Stevie Johnson