EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 34-21 loss against the New York Jets Thursday night at MetLife Stadium:
Crashing back to earth: The Bills were simply horrible. They were dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The Jets' defensive front eliminated their running game from the very start, as LeSean McCoy finished with 25 yards on 12 carries, and spent the rest of the game teeing off on Tyrod Taylor, who was sacked seven times.
The Bills, who entered the game leading the NFL in turnover ratio at plus-14, had three turnovers. They also equaled a season high with 11 penalties for 99 yards.
Waiting on Kelvin: Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, acquired Tuesday in a trade with the Carolina Panthers, didn't make his debut with the Bills Thursday night. He was on the field for pregame warmups, running some routes as he gets acclimated with a new offense, but likely will see his first action with the Bills Nov. 12 against the New Orleans Saints.
McDermott keeps his word: Coach Sean McDermott had said that Ramon Humber, who missed the previous two games with a thumb injury, would get his starting linebacker job back once he was healthy. And he did, even though rookie Matt Milano played well in his place.
Another scoreless first: For the sixth time in eight games, the Bills were scoreless in the first quarter.
Taylor passes Flutie: Taylor surpassed Doug Flutie (7,582) for sixth place on the Bills' all-time passing yards list.
Strange decisions: Despite his inspiring play in last Sunday's victory against the Oakland Raiders, Brandon Tate found himself inactive for this game. For the second time this season, the Bills used safety Micah Hyde, the AFC's Defensive Player for October, to return punts.
Hitting Zay-dirt: Rookie wide receiver Zay Jones scored his first NFL touchdown on a 10-yard catch eight seconds into the second quarter.
Jones received a scare when his right leg bent awkwardly after he was tripped by cornerback Buster Skrine. The medical staff examined him on the sidelines, but he stayed in the game. Early in the fourth quarter, Jones left the field after apparently reinjuring his knee. This time, he didn't return.
Fireman Ed returns: For the first time in a long while – Fireman Ed, noted Jets fan who leads the crowd in "J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!" cheers – appeared at a home game. He led that chant multiple times while wearing his customary No. 42 jersey of former Jet Bruce Harper.
Counting the house: The Jets didn't announce how many tickets were distributed or attendance, and perhaps would good reason. There were PLENTY of empty seats. There also were a fair number of Bills jerseys spotted, although those who wore them were mostly quiet.
Up next: After a weekend off, the Bills are home a week from Sunday against the Saints.