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Vic Carucci's Points After: Bills 21, Jets 12

Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 21-12 victory against the New York Jets Sunday at New Era Field:

All alone in first place: With the New England Patriots having lost to the Kansas City Chiefs last Thursday night and the Miami Dolphins having their opener postponed due to Hurricane Irma, the Bills are all alone in first place in the AFC East.

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.

But it was a win in Sean McDermott's coaching debut. And several other newcomers -- such as fullback Mike Tolbert, safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, and wide receiver Jordan Matthews -- made solid contributions.

Player of the game: LeSean McCoy. He had 159 yards from scrimmage, 110 rushing and 49 on five receptions. McCoy was the most dynamic player. He had a long run of 27 yards and on a 21-yard reception early in the game, he first ran right, then cut all the way to his left. The drive ended with Tyrod Taylor having a pass for Charles Clay tipped and intercepted in the end zone.

The performance allowed McCoy to push his career yards from scrimmage past 12,000, making him only the six active player to reach that mark.

Team record-tying effort: By scoring a rushing touchdown in their 13th consecutive game, the Bills tied a team record set in 1980 and extended the longest active streak in the NFL.

Hauschka's inauspicious debut: On his first field-goal attempt as a Bill, from 46 yards, Stephen Hauschka was wide left with 3:59 remaining in the second quarter.

Then, on the bright side ...: With his extra point after the Bills' first touchdown, Hauschka extended to 95 his consecutive streak of games in which he recorded a point. That is the third-longest active streak in the NFL after Arizona's Phil Dawson (120) and Dallas' Dan Bailey (96).

[Smiles at Bills vs. Jets tailgate]

Taylor sets rushing record: Taylor's 27 rushing yards in a little more than three quarters allowed him to become the Bills' all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback. Joe Ferguson previously held the mark with 1,174.

Taylor also moved into eighth place on the Bills' all-time list for passing yards, moving ahead of J.P. Losman (6,238).

Counting the house: The Bills announced that 68,751 tickets were distributed for the game. Most of them were filled on a gorgeous, sun-splashed day with no clouds in sight.

Up next: Homecoming time for coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane when the Bills take to the road to face the Carolina Panthers. McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator, Beane their former assistant GM. Four Bills players also have Panther pasts: fullback Mike Tolbert, cornerback Leonard Johnson, quarterback/special-teamer Joe Webb, and receiver Kaelin Clay.

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