It was another day to forget for the Bills in the Meadowlands on Sunday. On paper it will go down as a 27-20 loss to the New York Jets but it didn't feel nearly that close.
The Bills won the turnover battle and had 13 less penalties then the Jets who had 20, but dropped to 1-2 on the year, and 0-2 in the AFC East.
Adding to the disappointing performance were the injuries. Running Back C.J. Spiller (knee), Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (Hamstring), Defensive Tackle Marcel Dareus (ankle) and Defensive tackle Alex Carrington (knee) all left the game and did not return on Sunday.
Head Coach Doug Marrone said he didn't have much of an update on the extent of the injuries after the game.
Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine couldn't have been happy with his units performance against his former team. The Bills defense made enough plays to keep the team in the game late but couldn't get a consistent pass rush on rookie QB Geno Smith, and gave up huge chunks of yards. Smith was sacked 9 times through the first two games but but the Bills couldn't get to him once on Sunday. Smith finished 16-of-29 for 331 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown and threw two picks. He beat the Bills with 4 passes that went for 40 yards or more. Smith's two touchdowns were on throws of 51 yards and 69 yards. Both were completed with Justin Rogers in coverage. It was a brutal day for the cornerback.
The Bills also had problems stopping the run. Bilal Powell rushed 149 yards on 27 carries. The Jets finished with 182 yards rushing and 513 total yards of offense.
Geno Smith was far from perfect. Still the growing pains of a young quarterback were far more evident for the Bills EJ Manuel.
On his first three drives Manuel completed only one of his first five passes for 1 yard.
The Jets have won of the top defenses in the league and game plan was straight forward. Stop the run and force Manuel to beat them. The rookie couldn't do it on Sunday. Manuel struggled with the constant pressure brought by the Jets and finished the day 19 of 42 for 243 yards and a touchdown. He missed out of bounds on several throws and was sacked 8 times.
Manuel was not helped by the Bills inability to get the ground game going. CJ Spiller was held to nine yards on 10 carries before leaving with a knee injury. Fred Jackson had one of the lone highlights with a 59 yard run. He finished with 7 carries for 72 yards.
The Bills execution on third down was terrible. The offense finished 4-fo-18 in third down situations. The Bills also hurt themselves by setting for field goals in the red zone. Going 0-3 on the day inside the 20.