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Ten Plays That Shaped the Game: First play from scrimmage was a bad omen

The New York Jets entered Thursday night's game ranked second-last in the NFL in sacking the quarterback.

You never would have known it from watching New York's 34-21 demolition of the Bills at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets, who entered the game with 11 sacks on the season, took down Tyrod Taylor seven times.

Buffalo entered the game sixth from the bottom in pass protection, having allowed 19 on the season.

The pass protection was a problem from the Bills' first play from scrimmage, which starts our 10 plays that shaped the game:

1. Slow start. It was all downhill from the moment Tyrod Taylor ran one of his routine bootleg plays on first down from the Bills' 16 just 1:51 into the game.

The Jets rushed five men, and blitzing linebacker Jordan Jenkins was untouched off right tackle. Jenkins never hesitated, sacking Taylor for a 12-yard loss back to the Buffalo 4. It was a bad omen.

2. Big-play run. The back-breaking play in the third quarter was a 51-yard run by Bilal Powell to set up the score that put the Jets ahead by 17 points.

The Bills had given up only three runs of more than 20 yards all season, with 32 yards being the longest.

The Jets overpowered the Bills off right tackle and Powell cut up the middle of the field to the Buffalo 10. Tight end Eric Tomlinson, lined up at fullback, put a lead block on linebacker Preston Brown. Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins arguably was holding linebacker Ramon Humber to the outside.

Powell's path forward was stopped but he kept his feet moving and slipped out of a missed tackle attempt by Jordan Poyer. Then he was in the clear.

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3. Too easy. On the next play, Matt Forte scored on essentially the same call, a power run off right tackle. The Jets were up, 24-7.

4. Taking control. Even though Robby Anderson was undrafted, he has 4.36 speed in the 40-yard dash. The second-year Jets receiver showed short-area burst on a 25-yard, third quarter touchdown. He pulled away from Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White on a fade route down the right sideline. The throw from Josh McCown was perfect and the Jets had a 17-7 lead.

5. Untimely facemask. The Bills should have had the Jets' drive stopped before Anderson's TD. New York fouled up its blocking assignment and let Bills defensive tackle Cedric Thornton burst untouched past the center. Thornton sacked Jets quarterback Josh McCown for a 9-yard loss back to the Buffalo 44.

The Jets would have faced a third-and 20-play from the Buffalo 44. Instead they got a first down from the Buffalo 20. Anderson scored two plays later. It was a bit unlucky for Thornton, whose hand got too high.

6. Big-time Fake. Zay Jones' first NFL touchdown was a pretty move. He put a shoulder-shake on Jets cornerback Juston Burris, faked to the outside and ran a short post route. Taylor hit him in the middle of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown. The Bills lined up Jones alone on the left and had three receivers to the right. That drew the safety over to the right side of the end zone and out of play for Jones.

7. Old man TD. The 38-year-old McCown showed mobility that belied his age when he scrambled around left end for a 10-yard touchdown on the Jets' second drive of the game. It was the third rushing touchdown of the season for McCown. He looked to his right. The Bills had all five receivers well covered but once McCown escaped the pocket, the coverage defenders' backs were turned and he had a clear path to the end zone.

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8. Interception lost. The Bills should have had a turnover at the Jets' 28 in the first quarter but nickel cornerback Leonard Johnson dropped a pickoff that hit him in the hands. Johnson was in an underneath zone coverage against receiver Chad Hansen. McCown tried to throw over Johnson's head to Jermaine Kearse and the ball went straight to Johnson.

9. O'Leary fumble. Any hopes of a miraculous Bills comeback were doused when tight end Nick O'Leary fumbled at the Jets' 31 after making a 20-yard catch. O'Leary thought he was touched down, got up, realized he was "live" and was stripped of the ball with 2:26 left in the third quarter.

10. Matthews fumble. The Bills were in position for a field goal late in the first half. Jordan Matthews caught a 6-yard pass to the Jets' 31 with 55 seconds left but fumbled as he went to the ground. New York recovered.

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