'“We’ve been preparing for this … preparing to win. It was a whole new energy and I’m really excited just taking a step back and looking at what we’re building.”'
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'The Bills showed a high level of intensity. They were mostly smart. They were tough-minded. And although LeSean McCoy gave the most dynamic performance, with 159 yards from scrimmage, several other players contributed significantly to the outcome.'
'“Poyer showed out today,” Hyde said. “He did a great job. … I’m excited for Poyer. A lot of hard work he’s put in throughout this offseason. A lot of people have counted him out, counted myself out, so we made a promise to each other, to this whole secondary and to this team. We’re going to give it our all this whole season, and that guy is doing it for sure.”'
'"Once I got comfortable, it was like, 'ok, I'm ready to go out there and just play some ball now.' Tyrod found me across the middle, so we were able to get something good out of it," Matthews said. "These guys make it easy because everybody here is working toward the same mission. There aren't a bunch of guys out here trying to do their own thing. It's so much about team, so the whole time guys were like, 'hey Jordan, it's coming.' That type of encouragement, that type of teamwork helps those big plays happen."'
'I don't think of New Era Field as a "building," but the coach had a good point. McDermott made sure to praise the fans for bringing their typical energy and passion. Maybe season tickets are down this season, but the enthusiasm of the true Buffalo diehards doesn't appear to have diminished.'
'The Bills outgained the Jets, 408-214, and had 190 yards rushing. LeSean McCoy gained 110 yards rushing. Since 2010, McCoy leads the NFL with 34 games with at least 100 yards rushing, and his teams have a 29-5 record over that span. Shady also leads the league with 2,272 yards rushing since joining the Bills.'
'“He’s a special back. Barry Sanders-like,” Jets cornerback Buster Skrine said of McCoy, who repeatedly dangled the ball away from his body without fear of being touched or tackled, en route to 159 total yards in the Bills' 21-12 win. “I’ve never seen a guy hold the ball with one hand and run the ball like that.”'
'Sorry to spoil the party, but there were some troubling signs in the opener. Keep in mind, the Jets are probably the worst team in the league. Their passing game is putrid. Their running game isn't any better. Their defense, while stout up front, is young and vulnerable in the secondary.'
'And the Bills didn’t take any stupid penalties or mismanage coach's challenges, hallmarks of Rex Ryan-coached teams over the previous two seasons. Buffalo did what was required to win.'
'More impressive: Opponents know what to expect when they play the Bills, and yet the Jets and their vaunted defense couldn’t corral the 29-year-old back, who passed 12,000 total scrimmage yards in his career and topped 100 yards from scrimmage in his seventh straight game.'
'The immediate concern was on McCoy – who before getting hurt had produced 153 yards from scrimmage on 21 touches. McCoy went to the trainer’s tent on the Bills’ sideline, and emerged a short time later with his helmet in hand, taking a seat with his teammates on the bench. The team announced a short time later McCoy had been cleared to return with a wrist injury, and all of #BillsMafia exhaled. He finished the game with 110 rushing yards on 22 carries and added 49 yards on five receptions.'
'The Bills' new defensive secondary played fundamentally sound. There were no blatant coverage mixups and finger-pointing after long gains allowed. Rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White had a strong debut. New safety Jordan Poyer was sensational in coverage and in attacking the backfield. New outside linebacker Ramon Humber – a big who's-he signing by the new regime – was all over the field.'
'Enjoy the win, Bills fans, but don't gloat too much. The Bills defeated the Jets, and that's no jackpot.'
'The Bills were mostly solid, which was good enough to escape with a fairly comfortable win but probably wouldn't have allowed them to beat any of the better opponents remaining on their schedule. LeSean McCoy's running and receiving accounted for most of their offensive success, and their defense predictably limited the Jets' pathetic offense to 214 yards and intercept Josh McCown twice.'
'Living down to expectations: This didn't figure to be all that scintillating a display of football, and it wasn't. The Jets looked every bit as awful as anticipated as they begin their tank. At times, the Bills, who are taking a little less of a future-based approach, played down to the Jets' level, missing on a pair of scoring opportunities.'
'The Jets' two star defensive linemen – Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson – were mostly neutralized by the Bills' offensive linemen. Williams was the Jets' best defensive player last season and one of the top 10 interior defensive lineman in the NFL. He was kept out of the Bills' backfield. The sixth overall pick in 2015 had four tackles two quarterback hits. Cordy Glenn did a good job walling off Williams on the backside of LeSean McCoy's 27-yard run in the fourth quarter. Wilkerson, a first-round pick in 2011, had just two tackles and didn't get into the backfield. The Bills gained 4.5 yards a carry on 42 attempts and finished with 190 rushing yards, the most allowed by the Jets' defense in the last 28 games. The Jets' defensive front wasn't awful. But it needs to be outstanding-to-great in order to carry this cast of Jets' misfits.'
'The Bills forced the Jets to respect LeSean McCoy's ability to get outside on zone-blocking stretch plays. Then new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison hit the Jets with counter-punches.'
'Poyer's pick of Josh McCown on the Bills' 23-yard line with 6:44 to play turned the tide for good. He made an excellent play on the ball, stealing it away from Robby Anderson for the Bills' first turnover of the season.'
'The Jets' touchdown drive was their first solid possession of the game. They drove 75 yards in 11 plays after Holmes' touchdown – almost exclusively through the air – while picking up five downs, which doubled their total on the day.'
'Wide left: Stephen Hauschka missed his first field-goal attempt as a Bill, hooking the ball wide left from 46 yards out.'
'The Bills marched down the field on the opening drive but failed to punch it in from the 2-yard line. Mike Tolbert lost 6 yards back to the 8, Tyrod Taylor had a pass batted down, and then Taylor threw behind Charles Clay – getting the tight end hammered – and had his tipped pass intercepted.'
'What in the name of Doug Marrone is going on here? Down 9 with 4 minutes to go, Todd Bowles inexplicably decided to punt. Why, I can’t even begin to know. Bowles said something about playing field position, but what a ridiculous decision. Bilal Powell, possibly the team’s best offensive player, didn’t get his first touch until there was a little more than 3 minutes left in the first half. Yikes.'
'I feel good. I feel good. Very thankful, very thankful. Thank God for the win. Praise God. That was a great team victory. Thank Terry and Kim [Pegula for" target="_blank"> giving us the resources that they give us. Just like I said, it was an entire building win. Good to win as a team and extremely proud of the players the way they played. It’s never easy to win in this league and they played hard for four quarters. I certainly appreciate that. I also appreciate the fans. Four quarters, hanging in there with us. The intensity, the energy in this building was outstanding. Outstanding. To carry that for four quarters, I can’t thank them enough. It’s great to play at home, and we look forward to seeing them in a couple weeks here.'
'The Bills welcomed 23 players from the 1992 roster plus Kent Hull's widow to celebrate old memories that would be easy for the Patriots to pretend never existed had NFL Films, the NFL Network and ESPN not repeatedly stamped "The Comeback" as Buffalo's.'
'Spikeball, a once-obscure game dating back to the 1980s that has gained newfound popularity in recent years after a 2015 appearance on the ABC show “Shark Tank,” involves a small ball and a circular net that is positioned parallel to the ground, and only a few inches above it. The rules are similar to volleyball, but Spikeball is otherwise unique.'
'With Mabin and Clay inactive, the Bills will have just four cornerbacks and four wide receivers against New York.'
'As a pass-rusher, the top-five pick didn't have a spectacular campaign in 2016. In Rex Ryan's defense, he was asked to read, then react more often than simply attack up field, and he was the target of consistent double teams.'
'However, we can all agree that the Bills have a lot of work to do if they hope to beat just about everyone else (except the Jets later) on their schedule because in many ways, they were fortunate it was the Jets on the other sideline Sunday.'
'McCoy is getting better with age and Sunday raised his career yards from scrimmage to 12,043, starting the day 64th on the NFL’s career list before passing Don Maynard, Michael Irvin and Clinton Portis. He’s a long way from the Top 10, which includes Bills great Thurman Thomas (16,532) but McCoy has the type of running style and inner drive that makes longevity possible. And longevity, he noted, equals moving up the ranks as he moves the chains.'
'Here’s what I liked, though. He utilized the middle of the field more than he usually does, and he got Clay involved the way an NFL tight end in 2017 should be utilized. Also, he remains a dynamic runner and one play in particular comes to mind.'
'The unit was especially effective in the fourth quarter and Buffalo protecting its nine-point lead. Poyer picked off a McCown pass to Robby Anderson, making an aggressive move on the ball at the Buffalo 23-yard line. For a moment, it appeared Anderson had control but the interception awarded the Bills was upheld by replay.'
'“We knew we could go up and down the field on them and in a situation like that where the game is close, that’s where the offense has to step up and score points,” said guard Richie Incognito. “That was guys going out there and making plays, and believing that we could do it.”'
'McCoy was inspired. He made some great runs from scrimmage, and a few after catching passes. He finished with 110 rushing yards and 159 yards from scrimmage. It goes without saying, he must stay healthy for this offense to operate with any efficiency. Mike Tolbert, at least for one week, looked pretty good as the backup. He gained 42 yards, caught a pass, and scored a TD. Mike Gillislee, who? Nice job up front by the line against a solid Jets defensive line as the Bills ran for 190 yards.'
'A penalty magnet in preseason, the Bills committed only six for 50 yards.'
'McCown saved his turnovers for the fourth quarter when he threw a pair of interceptions to safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. Sean McDermott managed to get a victory in his first game as a head coach, but the fans that filled New Era Field on Sunday afternoon will want to see more than a win against the lowly Jets before they buy into the Bills as a 2017 contender.'
'"He's really building something special," Bills guard Richie Incognito said. "There's a different energy, a whole different team year-to-year."'
'"Just today, his leadership," running back LeSean McCoy said. "Naturally Tyrod is a quiet guy and today he was very vocal. Times where we needed him to speak up, "Hey, quit the turnovers, quit the penalties, let's make plays. Tell the guys, look for me come to you on different jobs." So his leadership has really, I think, jumped you know from when I first met him, to trying to just make the team to making this team behind him. So I think the biggest jump is his leadership."'
'Poyer led the way with a 90.7 grade against the Jets. PFF said that Poyer only allowed 26 yards receiving against the Jets.'
'I feel good. I feel good. Very thankful, very thankful. Thank God for the win. Praise God. That was a great team victory. Thank Terry and Kim [Pegula] giving us the resources that they give us. Just like I said, it was an entire building win. Good to win as a team and extremely proud of the players the way they played. It’s never easy to win in this league and they played hard for four quarters. I certainly appreciate that. I also appreciate the fans. Four quarters, hanging in there with us. The intensity, the energy in this building was outstanding. Outstanding. To carry that for four quarters, I can’t thank them enough. It’s great to play at home, and we look forward to seeing them in a couple weeks here.'