By Jay Skurski
The Buffalo Bills came into today’s game having scored touchdowns on four of their first five trips into the red zone this season.
That success evaporated in the second quarter. The Bills had consecutive drives reach the Jets’ 19- and 5-yard lines, respectively, and couldn’t finish off either drive with a touchdown, settling for Dan Carpenter field goals of 37 and 23 yards.
On the first red-zone possession, Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel overthrew rookie wideout Robert Woods on the right side of the end zone on a third-down play.
On the next drive, Manuel couldn’t find an open receiver on third and goal, electing to run, but gaining only a yard.
Nice pick: Bills safety Jim Leonhard gave his team a good drive start with an interception of Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Leonhard returned the ball to the New York 36-yard line, then another 15 yards was tacked on with a personal foul against Jets guard Vladimir Ducasse. The Bills’ offense, however, managed only a field goal with the favorable field position.
Guard depth tested: Right guard Kraig Urbik was injured on a third-and-1 play near the end of the second quarter. On the play, running back Fred Jackson was stopped for a 1-yard loss. The Bills went for it on fourth and 2 with Sam Young in the game at guard, and were stopped by the Jets. Urbik is questionable to return because of a knee injury.
Hill happy to see Bills: Jets receiver Stephen Hill has four career touchdowns. Three of them have come in two games against Buffalo. Hill burned Bills cornerback Justin Rogers for a 51-yard touchdown down the right sideline, hauling in perfect pass from Smith.
taggedDan Carpenter | EJ Manuel | Jim Leonhard | Justin Rogers | Kraig Urbik | Robert Woods