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Third quarter analysis: McCown's TD keeps score uncomfortably close

Josh McCown's quarterback dive from 1 yard out brought the Jets to within two points late in the third quarter, making the game uncomfortably close for an opponent thought to be the worst team in football.

But Ramon Humber at least intercepted McCown's two-point conversion pass, keeping the Bills ahead, 14-12.

The Bills took their biggest lead of the day earlier in the third, going up 14-6 on Andre Holmes' 1-yard reception. The scoring drive was sparked by Jordan Matthews 47 yard catch-and-run, which was assisted by a good downfield block from tight end Nick O'Leary.

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.

Bright spots: The Bills run defense remained solid through three quarters, yielding only 22 yards on 12 carries ... Taylor was 8 for 8 on passes over the middle through three quarters, according to NFL Next Gen stats ... The Bills weren't flagged for a penalty in the third quarter.

New franchise record: Taylor became the Bills' all-time leader in rushing yards for a quarterback during a third-quarter run. The old mark was held by Joe Ferguson (1973-84), who finished with 1,174 rushing yards.

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